Program Manager – Protection

InterAction Published: October 20, 2017
Washington, D.C.
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Not specified


Program Manager - Protection

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 Manager – Protection

Position Type:   Full-time, long term

Location:              Washington, DC

Travel:                  10 – 20% (primarily international)

Reporting to:      Director, Protection 

Key Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Support and manage the Protection and Gender-Based Violence Working Groups. Work in close collaboration with the co-chairs of these Working Groups to foster a collaborative work environment, facilitate collective analysis and planning, and jointly implement activities by InterAction members.
  2. Act as the InterAction representative in, and liaison to, inter-agency fora relevant to protection, including the Global Protection Cluster (GPC) and their Areas of Responsibilities (AoRs), facilitating input and direct engagement of InterAction members in inter-agency discussions and initiatives, and co-leading collaborative initiatives and task teams under inter-agency fora (for example to convene dialogue with donor governments and supporting implementation of the Centrality of Protection and related policies/guidance.
  3. Develop relationships with NGO counterparts at field level to extend InterAction support on protection issues of critical concern and in support of NGO roles in collective protection strategies, including through field support missions and reporting on findings and recommendations.
  4. Promote the development and implementation of inter-agency policy and guidance on protection, including the IASC Protection Policy, through engagement with InterAction members, other NGOs and NGO consortia, other humanitarian actors, and donors at field and HQ levels.
  5. Act as the organizational lead and focal point on the Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA), working with other colleagues to support peer exchange among InterAction members, representing InterAction in inter-agency fora, and support engagement on relevant topics by InterAction senior leadership.
  6. Collaborate with other team members to advance InterAction’s work on results-based protection and strengthening adherence to international humanitarian law and policy and practice for the protection of civilians in armed conflict, including by facilitating connections on these issues to inter-agency fora.
  7. Lead and/or act as the focal point to advance specific projects addressing thematic and crisis-specific concerns and their implications for protection policy and programming. This may include research and analysis, facilitating dialogue among InterAction members, relevant Working Groups, HPP team members and other stakeholders.
  8. Contribute to the overall the program design of the protection team, and contribute to proposal and budget development, grant reporting, and other activities in support of securing resources for InterAction’s work.
  9. Foster and maintain successful working relationships, undertaking outreach to relevant external stakeholders within the U.S. government, UN entities, other NGOs and NGO consortia, subject matter experts and others.
  10. Collaborate with HPP team members to identify and develop connections between protection concerns and HPP’s other priority issues and activities, and contribute to strategic planning and collaborative initiatives.
  11. Additional duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate will demonstrate a high capacity for inter-personal and inter-agency collaboration, conceptual and analytical thinking, and ability to distil and communicate complex ideas. Candidates should excel at managing multiple tasks and project simultaneously and should have experience facilitating collaborative work processes.

Specifically, they possess:

  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience working humanitarian and protection issues, including operational roles in situations of armed conflict, and at least two of which are with NGOs
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent work experience
  • Writing skills, demonstrated by an ability to prepare clear and concise reports, articulating options concisely, conveying maximum information, making and defending recommendations.
  • An ability to work independently, to plan and organize, establish priorities, manage and monitor work plans, coordinate competing demands, and work to tight deadlines.
  • Proven interpersonal skills and demonstrable commitment to a collaborative approach. Experience managing collaborative inter-agency program design and/or policy processes.
  • Familiarity with the humanitarian architecture, specifically the IASC, the Global Protection Cluster and its relevant task teams and leadership and coordination structures
  • Familiarity with current issues related to protection in armed conflict, and key policy and operational challenges to enhancing protection in practice, including familiarity with international humanitarian law, human rights law, and refugee law.
  • Experience and skills in designing and organizing events, such as workshops and roundtables
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience managing, facilitating and representing the interests of diverse constituencies. Capable of both representing the collective, and preparing members and InterAction staff to do so.
  • Availability for international travel, potentially to insecure environments.
  • Fluency in one or more languages other than mother tongue is a plus.

Primary Relationships

As part of the protection team in the Humanitarian Policy and Practice (HPP) unit, the Program Manager for Protection works closely with other members of the protection and HPP teams, InterAction members, other NGOs and NGO consortia, UN entities, the ICRC, and through inter-agency fora, to address critical protection concerns and strengthen collective ability to achieve protection outcomes.

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.

To Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to with subject line containing: Program Manager - Protection. Cover letter and resume must address the above listed requirements directly.

The deadline for applications is November 3, 2017. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, and the position will remain open until filled.

Due to the expected volume of applications, only finalists will be notified.

 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.

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