Program Associate

November 7, 2018
Washington, D.C.
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
2-5 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Not specified
Base Salary
Not specified


Position Summary:

Qualifications Required:

  • Bachelors Degree in related field
  • Experience working as part of a team, and facilitating cross team collaboration
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office software
  • Strong commitment to InterAction mission and values

Qualifications Desired:

  • Graduate Degree in related field
  • Experience in organizing and supporting workshops and meetings
  • Experience and interest in coordinating stakeholders around common objectives
  • Knowledge of international issues, particularly those related to the field of humanitarian response in armed conflict and natural disaster
  • Previous experience with humanitarian response in disaster, armed conflict or refugee settings/ cross-cultural experience (work, study, travel) in developing countries
  • Experience and interest in advocacy and communications strategy development and implementation

Essential Functions:

  • Facilitate the work of InterAction Humanitarian Working Groups and lead on specific work streams and activities.
  • Ensure effective support to regular and ad-hoc thematic and context-specific working groups: organize annual work planning cycles and regular meetings; prepare materials such as policy and programmatic briefing documents, situation updates and formal correspondence in support of working group activities; craft agendas; arrange room space and refreshments, maintain participant lists, and track and disseminate action points.
  • Ensure the timely and efficient flow of information in support of InterAction members and working groups.
  • Proactively identify opportunities for Humanitarian Working group learning and engagement on humanitarian priorities.
  • Maintain the HPP components of InterAction’s websites, including selecting and posting documents, reports, press releases and other information of interest to InterAction membership and the general public.
  • Liaise with external counterparts in the US government, UN agencies and other NGO consortia regarding HPPT and its work, and to facilitate inter-agency liaison, coordination and collaboration.
  • Organize events, such as workshops, roundtable discussions, and other events and meetings in close collaboration with other HPP staff and members domestically and internationally.
  • Ensure timely support to InterAction NGO member staff, including responding to member inquiries regarding InterAction’s working groups, key issues and contexts of concern.
  • Assist and support all members of HPP Team, including the Vice President, on an as-needed basis.
  • Assist with grant submissions and reporting as required.
  • Maintain up-to-date HPP email lists for relevant thematic issues and countries. Write, edit, vet, and disseminate email communications for the lists from the HPPC email accounts.
  • Be an active member of InterAction’s HPP team and promote collaboration with other InterAction teams.
  • Provide guidance and mentorship on InterAction systems and procedures to new HPP staff.

Other Duties:

  • As part of an organization wide effort, play a role in organizing the annual InterAction Forum.
  • Complete administrative tasks related to liaising with the finance and administrative team.
  • Recruit, hire and supervise interns and coordinate their work.
  • Perform other reasonably related duties as assigned.

Success Factors:

  • Ability to proactively and independently follow through on tasks and responsibilities in detail-oriented manner with limited supervision
  • Superior interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to interact with others in a professional manner and with colleagues of varied work styles
  • Excellent planning, organizational and administrative skills
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and manage time effectively, even under pressure and tight deadlines
  • Ability to coordinate multiple stakeholders around consensus-driven, common agenda/platforms
  • Interest in deepening knowledge and experience in humanitarian policy and practice

Physical Demands and Work Environment: This position is in Washington DC, and remote work will not be considered. The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential job functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands: While performing duties of job, incumbent is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. Employees must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work Environment: The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate



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.

Expected Start Date:

Early January.

To Apply:

Please e-mail your resume, cover letter, salary expectations and writing sample to with subject line containing, Program Associate.  Position will remain open until filled, but applications received before November 30 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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