Senior Manager, From Pledge to Action Project

December 17, 2019
Washington, D.C.
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Not specified
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified


Action Project
December 2019
About InterAction:
InterAction is the largest U.S. based coalition of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) with 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, and private foundations. 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:
In March 2018, InterAction formalized its CEO Pledge on Preventing Sexual Abuse, Exploitation, and Harassment by and of NGO Staff, calling on nongovernmental organization CEOs to lead the international humanitarian and development sector in making change. To date, more than 139 CEOs have signed on and the number continues to grow.

Through a combination of policy, guidance, training, and practice, InterAction and its Members will adapt a culture of prevention, response, and support in the face of sexual harassment, abuse, and exploitation, thus making our offices and programs safer spaces for individuals and communities alike.

Position Objective:
The position objective is to bring organizations together to catalyze changes in policy, practice, and behavior in the aid sector that prevents and responds to sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment of and by NGO staff in development and humanitarian settings.

Position Description:
The Senior Manager is responsible for the overall management of this three-year project including execution of the grant deliverables and associated activities around four strategic objectives defined as:

1. NGOs developing a greater understanding of the sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment faced by their staff and the affected people with whom they work;
2. Sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment within NGO programs and offices is decreased through greater information sharing and increased prevention capacities and practices.
3. InterAction and its members are more accountable to the creation of safe, thriving environments through the development of standards and mechanisms to investigate and report on incidents of sexual abuse, exploitation, and harassment.
4. Research and piloting of innovative approaches, achieved through sub-granting processes, results in model organizational tools and policies developed, available, and adaptable to NGOs across InterAction and our partners, regardless of size, capacity or budget.
The Senior Manager will work closely with numerous stakeholders to move the project forward. Internal relationships will be cross-teams including engagement with the Communications team, the Membership team and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) on the Humanitarian Policy and Practice team. External relationships will include various staff levels of member and non-member agencies; consultants with expertise in various aspects of safeguarding (i.e. human resources professionals, attorneys, insurance experts etc.) and international NGO fora.
Essential Functions:
1. Coordinate and build relationships across member agency operational teams, human resource professionals, attorneys, and other key stakeholders to bring positive change to sector policies, practices, training and evaluation methods around safeguarding while achieving project deliverables.
2. Engage stakeholders to develop SHA definitions, policies, learning opportunities, trainings, accountability, including the standards development process, and evaluation methods.
3. Lead and coordinate task teams or other Working Groups inclusive of InterAction, members and partners to achieve results of project.
4. Collaborate with other global consortia working on PSEA/SHA to ensure inter-linkages and division of duties clear amongst groups as well as to members.
5. Recruit and supervise outside consultants; seeking pro bono support where feasible.
6. Support the online portal created and staffing content.
7. Supervise the Manager, From Pledge to Action Project Sub-Grants.
8. Support the VP, HPP, in her facilitation of the CEO Task Force on PSEA/SHA.
9. Evaluate progress and provide donor reporting.
• Experience with protection from abuse and exploitation and sexual harassment in development and humanitarian contexts required; knowledge of international protection frameworks and mechanisms preferred.
• Experience working in multi-cultural environments;
• Experience with facilitating change management;
• Experience managing communities of practice bringing multiple stakeholders to consensus, holding individuals accountable and adhering to deadlines;
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with competency in the development and delivery of training;
• Investigations experience with programming to prevent sexual abuse and exploitation, as well as an understanding of workplace sexual harassment policies;
• An understanding of programmatic and organizational accountability, including the codes of conducts and standards that guide humanitarian and development programming an asset.

• A Master’s degree or equivalent in relevant field
• Proven experience (at least 7 years) of managing and coordinating large grants, preferably in relation to complex and multisectoral program and/or implemented through a consortium model of working.
• Proven experience of managing coordination mechanisms with multiple stakeholders, preferably within a consortium structure.
• Excellent communication skills (written and spoken) and significant experience in reporting.
• Good knowledge of administrative, financial and logistic procedures in the framework of complex programming.
• Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with senior representatives of donor, INGO and government structures and to represent the consortium at national or international level fora.
Supervisory Responsibilities:
The Senior Manager will manage the Manager, From Pledge to Action Project Sub-Grants.

Expected Start Date:
As soon as possible

Reports to:
Vice President, Membership & Public Engagement

Limited international/domestic travel requirements (10%)

Other Duties:
Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned as the project progresses.
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, cover letter, salary expectations and writing sample to with subject line containing title Senior Manager, From Pledge to Action Project. Position will remain open until filled. 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!