Program Manager for Humanitarian Practice

July 1, 2019
Washington, D.C.
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
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 Position:
Position Title: Program Manager for Humanitarian Practice
Position Type: Full-time
Location:Washington, DC
Reporting to: Senior Manager for Humanitarian Practice

The Program Manager for Humanitarian Practice provides support and leadership for InterAction members working on issues related to humanitarian assistance. The Manager engages with InterAction staff, members and key USG and global partners involved in the delivery and coordination of humanitarian responses to facilitate collective NGO action, engagement and education through the effective management of the Country Response Working Group program. Current and active country response working groups include: Syria regional response, Iraq, Yemen, West Bank/Gaza, Sudan/South Sudan and Venezuela regional response. Current ad-hoc working groups include: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Rohingya response, Horn of Africa and Great Lakes/DRC. Depending on demand and opportunity, additional working groups may form, and / or ad hoc working groups may transition to active status.


• Manage the country response working group program on behalf of HPP including: recruiting and supporting working group co-chairs and member champions, facilitating the development and implementation of workplans and advocacy initiatives, managing regular and ad hoc meetings, contact and network management support, production of quality notes and action points, action point follow up, and ensuring coherence and connectivity across country response WGs where appropriate;
• At the direction of the Senior Manager for Humanitarian Practice and/or in consultation with WG co-chairs and member champions, lead on drafting persuasive and educational advocacy and communications products for various audiences on issues related to humanitarian response operations and policy;
• With the guidance of the Senior Manager and Director for Humanitarian Practice, provide support and input on substantive matters related to country humanitarian response to InterAction NGO member staff in a timely manner;
• Represent InterAction to OFDA, PRM, Department of State, UN and other stakeholders as required;
• Coordinate learning and educational opportunities regarding humanitarian issues for InterAction members and partners;
• Liaise with InterAction’s Public Policy and Communications Team on issues related to advocacy and communications;
• Liaise with HPP, InterAction and external sector experts such as Protection, Shelter, Security, D.R.R., on issues germinating from country/regional working groups;
• Manage/coordinate humanitarian team projects on an as needed basis;
• Provide mentorship and learning support to junior staff on the HPP team; and
• Perform other duties as assigned.


• Masters degree in a relevant field or equivalent work experience;
• 5-7 years of non-profit or NGO work experience within international humanitarian assistance, with 2-3 years preferably at the field level;
• Knowledge of the US legislative process and familiarity with leveraging points throughout the US government on humanitarian issues;
• Good knowledge of the UN system, particularly those agencies involved in humanitarian response;
• Strong advocacy and communications skills, experience writing for and communicating with, a variety of different audiences;
• Coalition management and coordination experience, including strong meeting facilitation and consensus-building skillsets;
• Previous experience (preferably at the field level) in coordination activities involving key stakeholders in humanitarian response (INGOs, local NGOs, UN, donors, etc);
• Familiarity with current issues in the humanitarian sector including complex emergency response, natural disaster response, security, civil military relations, disaster risk reduction, and staff care;
• Strong interpersonal skills and experience managing the needs and interests of diverse constituencies;
• Availability for domestic and international travel.
Physical Requirements:
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.

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.
Other Duties:

To Apply:
Please e-mail your resume, cover letter, salary expectations and writing sample to with subject line containing title Program Manager for Humanitarian Practice. Position will remain open until filled, but applications received before June 21,2019 are preferred. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis between now and then so qualified candidates are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible 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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