Vice President for Programs
As the Vice President of Programs for Concern US, Kirk manages the team responsible for all US funded programs and policy, a portfolio totaling more than $50 million USD in 16 countries, reaching over 8 million people.
Kirk also oversees Concern’s involvement in a growing collection of programs designed to improve humanitarian coordination and response, namely the National NGO Program on Humanitarian Leadership and the Building a Better Response program. Kirk has personally facilitated over 40 workshops, training more than 1,000 humanitarian professionals in practically every humanitarian setting.
He brings to this role more than a decade of experience, including humanitarian deployments with Concern in Afghanistan from 2008-2009; the 2011 Horn of Africa food security crisis; Typhoon Haiyan (2013) in the Philippines; the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal; the Syria Crisis (Lebanon); the 2016 Burundi emergency; and the 2017 Somalia food security crisis. During his tenure with Concern, he has worked in and with 21 countries on everything from monitoring and evaluation to capacity building to project design.
A proud native of New Jersey, Kirk received his Master’s degree in International Humanitarian Assistance from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands.