Program Associate – Protection

March 17, 2020
Washington, D.C.
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
Entry Level
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Not specified
Base Salary
Not specified


About InterAction
InterAction is the largest alliance of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the U.S., with over 190 members working in every developing country. Members are large and small, faith-based and secular, with a focus on the world’s most poor and vulnerable populations. The U.S. public, foundations and governments support the work of our members who collectively invest and manage over $18 billion a year. InterAction’s own funds come from dues and generous grants from others, such as foundations, corporations and governments. Using its collective voice, InterAction seeks to shape important policy decisions as wide range of foreign assistance, relief, development, environmental and other issues that advance human dignity.

About the Position
Position Title: Program Associate – Protection, Humanitarian Policy and Practice (HPP) Unit
Position Type: Full-time (subject to funding)
Location: Washington, DC
Reporting to: Project Coordinator – Protection, HPP Unit

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 three crisis contexts: Honduras, Nigeria, and Iraq; and (2) the development a results-based evaluation framework for the prevention of gender-based violence (GBV).
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.

Key Responsibilities
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.
• Provide logistical travel support (domestic and international) 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.

2. 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.
3. Assist with grant submissions and reporting as required.
4. Support the hiring and recruitment of consultants, interns, and other staff as needed; conduct consultant bid analyses; and supervise interns as needed.
5. 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), 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 or Arabic is desirable

Physical Requirements
This position is in Washington DC, and remote work will not be considered. 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.

Salary & Benefits
InterAction provides competitive salaries and excellent benefits.

To Apply
Please email your resume and cover letter to with subject line containing: Program Associate - Protection. Cover letter and resume should address the above listed requirements.
The deadline for applications is April 5, 2020. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, and the position will remain open until filled.
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.
All applicants must be able to provide documentation that they are legally eligible to work in the United States for an extended period of time. No phone calls, please. Due to the expected volume of applications, only finalists will be notified.

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