Director of Humanitarian Practice
InterAction is the largest U.S. based coalition of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) with nearly 190 members working around the world in low- and middle-income countries, fragile and post-conflict states, and emerging/growth economies. Member organizations are large and small, secular and faith-based, with a focus on people living in the world’s most poor and vulnerable places. The U.S. public, foundations, and governments support the work of our member NGOs that collectively invest and manage more than $15.4 billion a year. InterAction revenues come from dues, government grants, private foundation and corporate grants, and a growing fee-for-service program portfolio. Using its collective voice and convening power, InterAction seeks to shape important policy decisions and actions across a wide range of issues – including foreign assistance, humanitarian relief, development, economic equity, food security, and climate change – that advance human dignity, human potential, and self- determination.
Position Title: Director for Humanitarian Practice, Humanitarian Team
Position Type: Location: Full-time Washington, DC
This position is expected to work from InterAction’s office in Washington, DC, a minimum of 1-2 days per week, as per current InterAction policy (subject to change). There are no extraordinary physical requirements for the performance of the essential functions of this position. InterAction will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Reporting to the Vice President of the Humanitarian Team, the Director of Humanitarian Practice leads coordination and advocacy on critical issues relating to current humanitarian crises and works closely with the Directors of Humanitarian Policy, Protection and Shelter to define InterAction’s humanitarian priorities and strategy. The Director of Humanitarian Practice plays an important role in regards to the team’s engagement with the Advisory Committee and is the main interlocutor for InterAction members Emergency Directors. Externally, this position liaises with InterAction members, U.N. Agencies, U.S. government representatives, and other humanitarian actors.
Key Responsibilities and Activities
• Represent InterAction members in the IASC Emergency Directors Group (EDG) and related bodies such as Peer-to-Peer.
• Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with relevant USG counterparts, with a specific focus on USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Affairs (BHA) and the State Department’s Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), National Security Council, and appropriate US Congressional staff.
• Conduct at least two field missions annually to support NGO coordination bodies in the field and overall NGO engagement with the broader humanitarian system, including participation in EDG or P2P field missions.
• Be the main contact for bilateral engagement on humanitarian operations with UN humanitarian agencies, with a specific focus on OCHA Operations and Advocacy Division.
• Represent InterAction and its members with relevant media outlets on humanitarian issues, as requested.
• Maintain and strengthen the strong partnership with other NGO consortia on issues related to humanitarian response and NGO coordination.
• Engage on the Saving Lives Together (SLT) Framework on behalf of InterAction members.
• Oversee and support the management of all country Working Groups and specific crisis responses.
• Oversee and provide strategic direction to InterAction’s support to field- based NGO Forum.
• Explore ways to further engage with relevant academic institutions on matters of humanitarian curricula and humanitarian practice.
• Manage a team of 5 high performing staff focusing on humanitarian practice priority areas.
• Serve as an active member of the Humanitarian Directors team and support the VP, as requested, in various InterAction representational duties.
• Ensure strong linkages with the team’s Policy, Protection, and Shelter work.
• Support work with InterAction’s Communications and Global Development, Policy and Learning teams, as appropriate.
• Oversee and lead on fundraising and grant management of humanitarian practice related activities and awards, in close coordination with VP and other Directors.
• Provide opportunities for growth and learning to all members of the Practice team.
Competencies and Requirements
• Masters degree in a relevant field or equivalent work experience.
• At least 10 years experience managing humanitarian operations in the field, preferably with NGOs.
• Significant experience working within the humanitarian architecture and in partnership with UN agencies.
• In-depth understanding of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee structures and roles within humanitarian response, at country and global levels.
• Familiarity with U.S. foreign policy decision-making processes and the offices and functions of the National Security Council, the Department of State, and USAID;
• Ability to communicate clearly, succinctly and accurately on complex ideas and issues, both verbally and in writing;
• Strong interpersonal skills and experience building trust among diverse stakeholders and representing the interests of diverse constituencies.
• Experience in interacting/communicating with high level stakeholders and policy makers in the humanitarian system.
• Experience in organizing and leading collective NGO action.
• Experience managing a small high-performing team.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.
Compensation: $135k - $140k InterAction provides competitive salaries and excellent benefits.
Expected Start Date: May 8, 2023
Reports to: Vice-President, Humanitarian Policy and Practice
Travel: Estimated 10-20% of time for international travel
To Apply: Please e-mail your resume and cover letter to:
with subject line containing title Director for Humanitarian Practice. Position will remain open until filled, but applications received before February 10 are preferred. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered for this position.
All applicants must be able to provide documentation that they are legally eligible to work in the United States for an extended period. Due to the volume of applications, only finalists will be notified. No phone calls, please!