Interim Senior Manager (maternity cover)– Children and Youth Initiative

January 12, 2021
Washington, D.C.
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Not specified
Base Salary
Not specified


Location: Washington, D.C.

Category :Policy & Advocacy

Post Type :Full-time

Experience (minimum) :6+ Years

Education (minimum) : Bachelors Degree


InterAction is the largest U.S. based coalition of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) with 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, corporate partners, fee for service and private foundations. 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, social and economic development, and effective, accountable governance – that advance human dignity and human potential.

 Position Description

Are you an experienced advocate for children and youth capable of advancing related policies and issues by navigating Washington DC politics to work across partisan divides with a diverse set of individuals and organizations? Are you a big believer in the power of coalition advocacy and its effectiveness?  Do you care deeply about increasing U.S. funding for programs for the advancement of children and youth globally? InterAction seeks a short-term consultant to provide coverage during a team member’s maternity leave. The consultant will act as the senior manager for InterAction’s Children and Youth Initiative.   Key aspects of this role include: representing and coordinating closely with InterAction’s members working on these issues across a wide range of topics spanning health, education, conflict and more; contributing meaningfully to conversations and strategies (within our coalition and with other organizations and networks) for promoting the welfare of children as a whole, and managing related grants and staff.

This position will reside within InterAction’s division of Global Development Policy and Learning and report to the Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs. During the term, the consultant will provide guidance and coordination to InterAction members on global child and youth issues, project and budget management, and engagement with the U.S. Government and a broader array of partners. To be successful, s/he must be a team player, problem-solver, and active proponent of children and youth around the world.


  • Provide vision, direction and coordination to InterAction members on educating policy makers and advancing policy reforms related to children and youth;
  • Manage content related to Children and Youth for InterAction’s annual Forum (virtual this year)
  • Maintain relationships with policy advocates of InterAction NGO members to shape and advance the community’s strategic goals and advocacy efforts relating to child policy and associated U.S. government budgets across many specific sectors and activities;
  • Conduct congressional outreach activities to advance legislative agenda and appropriations advocacy for children and youth, with a focus on appropriations advocacy
  • Coordinate with officials in the Executive Branch to elevate and integrate children and youth issues across the U.S. Government
  • Work seamlessly with other members of InterAction’s Public Policy Team and provide input on child policy and work closely with other team members on relevant policy issues;
  • Grant management, including managing the budget, associated staff, consultants, partner activities and meeting grant requirements;
  • Represent InterAction on children and youth issues at events and working-level meetings with InterAction members, donors, foundations, administration officials and congressional offices
  • Liaise with other coalitions and organizations working closely on children and youth issues;
  • Contribute to strategic planning and fundraising efforts to maintain and expand related areas of work;
  • Support other InterAction teams, working groups and initiatives as needed and perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs.

Qualifications Required:

  • At least 6 years of professional experience, with significant exposure to public policy, advocacy and government relations;
  • Demonstrated interest and commitment to children and youth globally and familiarity with core issues facing children and youth;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to manage relationships with InterAction members, partners and other external stakeholders;
  • Facilitation and coalition-building skills, as well as demonstrated experience managing or working with multi-partner initiatives;
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, with an ability to effectively communicate technical or complex topics to non-experts as well as to experts;
  • Demonstrated commitment to InterAction’s core values and mission.

Qualifications highly valued:

  • Experience with 6-figure grant and/or budget management;
  • Capitol Hill work experience; including appropriations and legislative advocacy
  • Demonstrated experience in development and humanitarian advocacy;
  • Experience with children and youth policy
  • Demonstrated interest in promoting inclusion and engaging diverse actors;
  • Demonstrated capacity to create and maintain professional networks;
  • An advanced degree combined with demonstrated academic focus on public policy and international development; and
  • A sense of humor.


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.

During the period of this project, consultant will work remotely.  InterAction’s offices are currently closed due to the pandemic.

To Apply:

Please e-mail your resume, cover letter, and writing sample (2-3 pages) to with subject line “­­­­Interim Senior Manager – YOUR NAME”. Position will remain open until filled, but applications received before 1/22/2021 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!

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