Senior Manager – Democracy, Rights and Governance
InterAction is the largest U.S. based coalition of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) with 175+ 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. InterAction simultaneously serves as a platform for networked learning so that organizations across the sector can adapt and evolve their cultures and operations to best deliver against their missions.
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About the Project:
In its seventh year, the Democracy, Rights and Governance (DRG) Initiative is a unique group within InterAction’s broader workstreams. The Initiative is composed of leading international democracy assistance organizations: the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative (ABA-ROLI), Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), Freedom House, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), International Republican Institute (IRI), Internews, National Democratic Institute (NDI), and Solidarity Center. This role manages the initiative by collaborating with members and with InterAction’s internal policy team. The Initiative strives to build support within the US Government for funding and policies which promote democracy as an integral priority within U.S. foreign assistance and global development investments.
The Senior Manager coordinates the efforts of the DRG Initiative and facilitates the inclusion of the democracy and human rights issues within InterAction’s broader advocacy work. The Senior Manager sits within InterAction’s Global Development Policy and Learning (GDPL) division and represents the interests of the Initiative within InterAction and to broader membership. The Senior Manager represents the DRG Initiative to Members of Congress and their staff, as well as to key Administration officials on a range of issues, including budget and appropriations, procurement, maintaining bipartisan support for U.S. democracy assistance, and other issues of focus for the Initiative. The Senior Manager also works to build consensus among DRG Initiative members and develops joint advocacy strategies to advance the DRG community's interests.
This is a full-time position based in Washington DC. Due to COVID-19, InterAction has and continues to develop new and flexible workplace policies. There is an expectation that employees are based in the Washington DC region, but we maintain a hybrid work environment and there is also an expectation that employees work remotely and flexibly from home for up to three days every week and that they can work remotely from anywhere outside the DMV area for up to four weeks per year.
· Jointly with Initiative members, represent the DRG Initiative to Members of Congress and their staff, and to key Administration officials on a range of issues, including budget and appropriations, procurement, and protecting civil society space;
· Strengthen the Initiative’s ability to engage Members of Congress on DRG by developing advocacy strategies, organizing and overseeing outreach, and building relationships with Members of Congress and their staff;
· Serve as an information resource and connector for Initiative members through regular meetings and communication, particularly on budget and appropriations processes and significant policy efforts affecting the DRG sector as a whole;
· Facilitate and build consensus among Initiative members on an advocacy strategy for the Initiative’s budget and appropriations work, including writing and editing policy documents, organizing, and/or conducting briefings for Initiative members, and drafting and coordinating sign-on letters;
· Coordinate with technical and legal staff of Initiative members and other InterAction members and staff to advance joint approaches on thematic priorities, such as procurement reform, data policies, and partner vetting;
· Track and analyze legislation, other Congressional activities, and administration budget justifications related to DRG;
· Lead InterAction’s coalition work dedicated to pursuing a better targeted Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) that does not inadvertently capture the work of international non-profit organizations;
· Establish and maintain relationships with InterAction’s members’ staff, InterAction’s Public Policy Committee and other InterAction working groups to include and elevate DRG within broader development discussions; and
· Additional duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Skills:
The candidate must have:
· At least 5-7 years of experience working on Capitol Hill or advocating to Members of Congress. Familiarity with and experience working in democracy assistance strongly preferred;
· Understanding of the legislative and appropriations processes
· Ability to work constructively on a bipartisan basis;
· Understanding of how democracy programming fits within the national security and development sector;
· Strong interpersonal skills and ability to manage relationships with InterAction members, partners and other external stakeholders;
· Facilitation and coalition-building skills, as well as demonstrated experience managing or working with multi-partner initiatives;
· Excellent verbal and written communications skills, with an ability to effectively communicate on technical or complex topics to non-experts as well as to experts;
· Demonstrated experience with project management and budget management involving prioritization while meeting deadlines;
· Excellent organizational skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office and abilities to effectively manage data, communications and work products while keeping track of varied information with ease and efficiency.
· Excellent self-direction and the ability to take ownership and drive responsibilities through to completion;
· Ability to work well and contribute effectively under pressure and in response to rapidly changing needs.;
· Highly motivated team player;
· Demonstrated commitment to InterAction’s core values and mission;
Highly Valued Qualifications:
· Experience working within or advocating to the executive branch;
· Demonstrated experience in development and humanitarian advocacy;
· Experience working with international non-governmental organizations;
· An advanced degree and demonstrated focus on public policy and international development; and
· A sense of humor.
Senior Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs
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.
Base Salary and Benefits:
$80,000 - $95,000 and excellent benefits package
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.
Please include cover letter with your online application. Position will remain open until filled, but applications received before 11/18/2022 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!