Program Associate – Humanitarian Practice & Policy

October 29, 2021
Washington, D.C.
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
Not specified
Education (minimum)
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Travel Required?
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Base Salary
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About InterAction: 

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.

To learn more about InterAction's mission, DEI approach, values and more visit the link below:

Who We Are - InterAction

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 NGO partnerships with United Nations agencies and US government humanitarian agencies, covering issues from partnership agreements to humanitarian financing to localization of humanitarian response to data privacy. 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 WFP and UNHCR Working Groups, and other humanitarian work streams and activities. The Program Associate will support the organization of 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 partnership 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 US government, UN agencies, and NGOs.

This is a full-time position based in Washington DC. Due to COVID-19, all staff are currently working remotely and following InterAction’s COVID-19 policies. InterAction aims to have staff transition back to the Washington, DC office in mid-fall. Telework options and hybrid schedules will be available.

Essential Functions:

  • Ensure effective support to UNHCR and WFP Working Groups: organizing regular meetings; preparing agendas and materials in support of the Working Group activities; arranging room space and refreshments for in-person meetings; taking notes during calls; tracking and disseminating action points following meetings and monitoring follow-up action as needed;
  • Seek and consolidate input from InterAction members in efforts to develop and distribute advocacy, partnership, and outreach materials, including but not limited to data analysis from annual member/partnership surveys;
  • 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 the HPP Policy team 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 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 Degree in a related field or several years of college plus equivalent work experience;
  • Excellent written and oral communication;
  • 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 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.
  • Strong commitment to InterAction’s mission and values.

Highly valued qualifications include:

  • Previous experience with humanitarian response in disaster, armed conflict, or refugee settings;
  • Solid understanding of data analysis and report development;
  • Familiarity with humanitarian financing, donors, and the UN system, especially with WFP, UNHCR, or other UN agencies;
  • Experience in organizing and supporting workshops and meetings;
  • Proficiency in one or more UN languages (Arabic, French, Spanish);
  • Experience and interest in coordinating stakeholders around common objectives


InterAction provides competitive salaries and excellent benefits.

Expected Start Date: 

Immediate hire

Reports to:  

Program Manager, Humanitarian Policy Team


Not required

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.

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.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

Additional Application Instructions:

Please include cover letter along with salary expectations, and resume with your online application. Position will remain open until filled, but applications received before 11/19/21 are preferred.  Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered for this position.

Due to the volume of applicants, only those moving forward with next steps in the recruitment process will be notified.  No phone calls please!


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