Program Associate-Protection

June 22, 2020
Washington, DC
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
Entry Level
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Not specified
Base Salary
Not specified


*This position was advertised in March/April 2020 but was not filled at that time. If you applied then and are still interested in the position, please re-apply*

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:

As the humanitarian community is increasingly focused on achieving protection outcomes, InterAction, since 2012, has been at the forefront of shaping and promoting the use of results-based approaches to protection. The current iteration of InterAction’s Results-Based Protection (RBP) project includes two main components: (1) field support for collective strategies in select crisis contexts, including Nigeria, Honduras, and others; and (2) the development a results-based evaluation framework for the prevention of gender-based violence (GBV).

Position Objective:

InterAction is seeking a Program Associate-Protection to provide logistical and administrative support primarily to the RBP team, as well as the wider Protection team and other members of the HPP team. More specifically, the Program Associate will support the organization of workshops, meetings, field visits, and other events; monitor the project budget expenditures in support of program implementation and deliverables; and maintain official communication with InterAction members and other key actors.

Position Description:

Position Title:                Program Associate-Protection, Humanitarian Policy and Practice (HPP) Unit

Position Type:               Full-time (subject to funding)

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:

  1. Support InterAction’s Protection Team, including:
  • Ensure effective support to regular and ad-hoc meetings, including the Protection and GBV Working Group meetings: prepare materials such as subject-specific briefing documents, situation updates, and formal correspondence; craft agendas; arrange room space and refreshments; maintain attendance lists; take meeting minutes and track action points.
  • Regularly monitor project budget expenditures and support on the development of budget projections.
  • Work closely with the Senior Technical Advisor-Protection on the GBV Prevention Evaluation Framework, supporting programmatic implementation and engagement with the Advisory Committee.
  • When travel is permitted once again (currently on hold due to COVID-19), provide logistical travel support domestically and internationally for Protection Team members as well as attendees of invited events: tracking visa requirements and supporting staff in obtaining visas; liaising with the Finance team to ensure appropriate insurance coverage related to travel; booking flights/hotels; identifying venues and catering options; producing itineraries; drafting logistics notes, and other support as needed.
  • Support monitoring of program implementation and deliverables by crafting surveys; analyzing survey results; and updating various workplans on a regular basis.
  • Support production of effective and aesthetic communications materials, including drafting and editing thematic newsletter updates, briefs, etc. by proofreading, formatting materials, and coordinating with printers/other external services as required.
  • Assist in maintaining the Results-Based Protection website, including tracking user analytics; and selecting and regularly posting reports, updates, events, and other documents.
  • Contribute to country-specific research: track and analyze political, security, and humanitarian developments in select countries; produce charts/graphs/visuals related to key developments; provide oral briefings on developments as needed.
  • Regularly update the HPP unit’s engagement tracker based on the Protection Team’s activities.
  • Proactively identify opportunities for Protection Team learning and engagement on humanitarian priorities.
  • Maintain up-to-date email lists: write, edit, vet, and disseminate email communications, including official communication with the Advisory Committee of the GBV prevention evaluation framework.
  1. In collaboration with other HPP and InterAction staff and teams, organize events, such as workshops, roundtable discussions, and other events and meetings in close collaboration with members/partners domestically and internationally.
  2. Assist with grant submissions and reporting as required.
  3. Support the hiring and recruitment of consultants, interns, and other staff as needed; conduct consultant bid analyses; and supervise interns as needed.
  4. Be an active member of InterAction’s Protection team, actively participate in team meetings and HPP meetings and promote collaboration with other InterAction teams.

Other duties:

  • Assist and support all members of the HPP Team as needed.
  • Provide guidance and mentorship on InterAction systems and procedures to new HPP staff.
  • As part of an organization-wide effort, play a role in organizing the annual InterAction Forum as needed.
  • Perform other reasonably related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and 1 year of professional experience/internship in a related field
  • Experience working as part of a team, and facilitating cross-team collaboration
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office software (including Excel), Zoom, Airtable, Salesforce, Survey Monkey, Prezi, and experience creating graphs, charts, and other visuals
  • Strong commitment to InterAction mission and values
  • Ability to proactively and independently follow through on tasks and responsibilities in a detail-oriented manner and with limited supervision
  • Flexibility to meet changing deadlines and priorities
  • Superior interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Ability to interact with others in a professional manner and with colleagues of varied work styles
  • Excellent planning, organizational, and logistical skills
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, adapt, and manage time effectively, even under pressure and tight deadlines
  • Interest in protection-related work and deepening knowledge and experience in humanitarian action
  • Proficiency in Spanish is desirable

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Interns on an as-needed basis


InterAction provides competitive salaries and excellent benefits. 

Expected Start Date:

Early to mid-August, 2020

Reports to:

Project Coordinator-Protection, HPP Unit


None expected, but subject to change

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 and cover letter to with subject line containing title ­­­­Program Associate-Protection.  Position will remain open until filled, but applications received before July 5, 2020 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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