Program Associate – Global Development, Policy and Learning

September 3, 2020
Washington, DC
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
Entry Level
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified


About InterAction:

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.

About the Project:

InterAction seeks an entry-level Program Associate to support our emerging Children and youth Initiative in addition to other projects within InterAction’s Global Development, Policy, and Learning Team (GDPL). The GDPL team creates practical opportunities for collective voice and learning for InterAction members involved in global development. As advocates, we bring the membership’s united voice to bear with focus on the community’s core priorities: effective assistance resources and strong U.S. leadership and policy in support of sound human development outcomes. In pursuit of learning, our work identifies emerging issue areas, documents existing practice and needs, and responds with tools, research, training, or other solutions. In all that we do, the team’s goal is to deepen knowledge and expand the reach of sound practice by working transparently with – and on behalf of – our members.

Position Objective:

The Program Associate will support InterAction’s emerging work on the international welfare of children and adolescents. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with excellent communication skills. This position will provide logistical and administrative support primarily to the Senior Manager, Children and Youth Initiative, as well as the wider GDPL team. More specifically, the Program Associate will support the organization of meetings, briefings, and other events and support official communication with InterAction members and other key actors.

Position Description:

Position Title:                Program Associate-Global Development, Policy and Learning

Position Type:               Full-time

Location:                        Washington, DC

This position is based in Washington DC. Due to COVID-19, all staff are currently working remotely and following InterAction’s COVID-19 policies. When restriction to work in the office is lifted and the safety and health of staff is met, this position is expected to work from InterAction’s office in Washington, DC. 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.

 Essential Functions:

  • Provide administrative and research support to InterAction staff working on children and youth, and other members of the GDPL team;
  • Track proposed pieces of U.S. legislation that may impact children and youth;
  • Help coordinate nonprofit advocacy and education outreach efforts toward policymakers, members of congress, and congressional staff;
  • Seek and consolidate input from InterAction members in efforts to develop and distribute advocacy and educational material pertaining to children and adolescents;
  • Support InterAction’s Public Policy team in advocacy and research;
  • Coordinate InterAction events and meetings; and,
  • Other duties as desired or assigned


  • Bachelors Degree in political science, international relations, or a related field;
  • Experience working as part of a team and facilitating cross team collaboration;
  • Interest in international development and the NGO sector;
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office software;
  • Excellent written and oral communication;
  • Strong professional character and ethical values; and,
  • Strong commitment to InterAction mission and values.

Qualifications Desired:

  • 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 global development;
  • Previous internship experience with congressional advocacy or an NGO; and,
  • Experience and interest in advocacy and communications strategy development and implementation.

Supervisory Responsibilities:




Expected Start Date:

As soon as possible; 10/17/2020 preferred

Reports to:

Senior Manager, Children and Youth Initiative


Not required

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.

To Apply:

Please e-mail your resume, cover letter, salary expectations and writing sample to with subject line containing title “­­­­Program Associate – Global Development, Policy and Learning – YOUR NAME”. Position will remain open until filled, but applications received before 9/17/20 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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