Budget and Appropriations Specialist

January 17, 2018
Washington, D.C.
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InterAction intends to hire a new full time Budget and Appropriations Specialist in support of our overall advocacy program. This work is funded through 2020 and is designed to leverage a broad coalition of international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) to preserve U.S. official development assistance and the prioritization of development issues, including (but not limited to): food and agricultural security, global health, gender equity and development financing. The position title is flexible to applicant experience and prior position.


This position will reside within InterAction’s Public Policy Team and report to the Director of Policy & Government Relations. InterAction seeks an individual that has extensive knowledge and experience with the foreign assistance budget and appropriations process. The selected candidate will engage in budget and appropriations advocacy on behalf of InterAction and its members. The candidate will also be expected to engage with the Administration, including OMB, the State Department, and USAID, as well as with relevant Congressional staff and committees. The prospective candidate will be expected to contribute to writing and editing materials for team publications, as well as representing InterAction in various fora.




  • Build consensus among InterAction members behind an advocacy strategy and common messaging for InterAction's international development working groups, including writing and editing policy documents, organizing briefings and coordinating sign-on letters, and outreach to key policymakers;
  • Track, analyze, and report to working groups at bi-weekly or monthly meetings on pertinent policy and legislative developments, including appropriations and authorization bills;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with working group participants and members of InterAction's Public Policy Committee and coordinate advocacy activities including direct lobbying and grasstops lobbying;
  • Respond to urgent requests for information from InterAction members, congressional staff, and administration officials;
  • Engage with the relevant federal agencies and departments on foreign assistance matters, including the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development;
  • Build and maintain relationships with members of the administration, Congress, and strategic partners;
  • Administrative and other duties as assigned by Director of Public Policy.


Qualifications Required:

  • Seven or more years of work experience, of which at least five are directly on Capitol Hill and/or conducting legislative budget advocacy for a non-profit organization, association, or US federal agency;
  • Extensive knowledge of budget and appropriations processes;
  • Demonstrated experience producing quantitative and qualitative research products;
  • The ability to meet deadlines and work well under pressure, remain focused in a rapidly changing environment and be responsive to the needs of members of InterAction;
  • Highly motivated, team player, with excellent organizational skills, and strong written and verbal communications skills;
  • Knowledge of or experience working directly on global development related issues, including those related to the budget and appropriations process both within Congress and the Administration;
  • Demonstrated experience taking initiative to solve problems;
  • Experience planning and executing logistics for internal and external meetings;
  • Attention to detail and accuracy;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office;
  • Demonstrated commitment to InterAction’s core values and mission.


Qualifications highly valued:

  • Master’s Degree in international affairs/relations, public policy, international development, economics or a related field
  • Specialized knowledge of the structure of the federal 150 account



InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), with more than 190 members working in every developing country. Members are faith-based and secular, large and small, with a focus on the world’s most poor and vulnerable populations. The U.S. public, foundations and others support the efforts of our membership through funding totaling more than $9 billion a year, according to 2009 estimates. Using its collective voice, InterAction seeks to shape important policy decisions on relief and long term development issues, including foreign assistance, the environment, women, health, education and agriculture.



There are no extraordinary physical requirements for the performance of the essential functions of this position. InterAction will make reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.



InterAction provides competitive salaries and excellent benefits.



Please email your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to jobs@interaction.org with subject line containing: Policy and Advocacy. Cover letter and resume must address the requirements listed. Position will remain open until filled, but applications will be reviewed as received.


Due to the expected volume of applications, only finalists will be notified.


All applicants must be able to provide documentation that they are legally eligible to work in the United States for an extended period of time.


No phone calls please.

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