InterAction is the largest U.S. based coalition of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) with 180+ 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 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.
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About the Position:
InterAction seeks an entry-level Program Associate to support our Humanitarian Policy & Practice (HPP) division on the Policy Team. This Program Associate will work on forced displacement policy issues and support the engagement of InterAction members and staff in the humanitarian Inter-Agency Standing Committee. They will form an essential part of representing NGO voices in policy discussions around humanitarian action.
Among other things, the Program Associate will provide administrative and logistical support for the HPP team and InterAction members, including InterAction’s Forced Displacement Working Group and other humanitarian work streams and activities. The Program Associate will help organize meetings, briefings, and other events, and support official communication with InterAction members and other key actors. The Program Associate will support data analysis and report development for key activities conducted by the HPP Policy Team. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with excellent communication skills who is able to read, analyze, and synthesize feedback and information from a wide range of stakeholders including the US government, UN agencies, and NGOs.
This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC. Due to COVID-19, staff are following a hybrid work model, working in to the office approximately 5 times per month.
· Ensure effective support to the Forced Displacement Working Group: organize regular meetings; prepare agendas and materials in support of working group activities; arrange room space and refreshments for in-person meetings; take notes during calls; track and disseminate action points following meetings, and monitor follow-up action as needed;
· Seek and consolidate input from InterAction members in efforts to develop and distribute advocacy and outreach materials.
· Contribute to the development of research and advocacy products including but not limited to qualitative and descriptive data analysis and data visualization on global refugee policy processes.
· 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 the timely and efficient flow of information in support of InterAction members and working groups;
· Maintain HPP Policy team internal file systems including tracking meetings, notes, and related documents.
· Liaise with external counterparts in the US government, UN agencies, and other NGO consortia regarding HPP and its work, and facilitate inter-agency liaison, coordination, and collaboration;
· Assist with grant submissions and reporting as required, including liaising with InterAction’s finance and administrative team as needed;
· Other duties as desired or assigned.
Qualifications and Skills:
The candidate must have:
· Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in a related field, or several years of college plus equivalent work experience.
· Interest in humanitarian and forced displacement policy and advocacy.
· Excellent organizational skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office and ability to effectively manage data, communications and work products while keeping track of varied information with ease and efficiency.
· Experience working as part of a team and facilitating cross-team collaboration.
· Strong interpersonal skills and ability to manage relationships with InterAction members, partners and other external stakeholders.
· Excellent written and oral communication.
· Strong commitment to InterAction’s mission and values.
Highly valued qualifications include:
· Solid understanding of data analysis and report development.
· Familiarity with the humanitarian system, especially the IASC, as well as major forced displacement policy processes, such as the Global Refugee Forum and Secretary-General’s Action Agenda.
· Experience in organizing and supporting workshops and meetings.
· Experience and interest in coordinating stakeholders around common objectives.
· Cross-cultural experience (work, study, travel) outside of the United States.
· Proficiency in one or more UN languages (Arabic, English, French, Spanish).
· Previous experience with humanitarian response in disaster, armed conflict, or refugee settings.
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 in the role.
Yes (in-person 1–2 times per week)
Expected Start Date:
Program Manager, Humanitarian Policy Team
Base Salary & Benefits
$47,250 and excellent benefits package
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.
Additional Application Instructions:
Please include a cover letter and resume with your application. Writing sample preferred but not required for application. Also, to apply, please email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “HPP program associate – forced displacement”. The position will remain open until filled, but applications received before November 1, 2022 are preferred. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.
Due to the volume of applicants, only those moving forward in the recruitment process will be notified. No phone calls please!