Senior Program Manager, Protection

Senior Program Manager, Protection

Senior Program Manager, Protection

Senior Program Manager, Protection

September 8, 2023
Washington, District of Columbia
Position type
Experience (minimum)
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Education (minimum)
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Travel required?
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Base salary (minimum)
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Senior Program Manager, Protection 


About InterAction: 

Founded in 1984, InterAction is the largest U.S.-based alliance of international NGOs and partners. We mobilize our Members to think and act collectively to serve the world’s poor and vulnerable, with a shared belief that we can make the world a more peaceful, just and prosperous place—together. Our Members are premier international global development, humanitarian, and sector-supporting organizations that work in almost every country and manage more than $15 billion in programs worldwide. 


About the Project: 

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 three main components: (1) field support for collective strategies in select crisis contexts; (2) the development and piloting of a prevention evaluation framework for the prevention of gender-based violence (GBV PEF); and (3) influencing the humanitarian system and leadership to encourage uptake of outcome-oriented approaches to protection. 


Position Description: 

Position Title:      Senior Program Manager, Protection 

Position Type:     Fulltime (dependent on funding availability)  

Location:     Washington, DC 

Reporting to:     Senior Advisor-Protection 


The Sr Program Manager is a part of the Protection Team under InterAction’s Humanitarian Policy and Practice (HPP) Team, working on the Results-Based Protection project. With guidance from the Senior Technical Advisor, the Sr Program Manager will directly engage with NGOs at a field, regional, and headquarters level to provide support on results-based methods of protection, facilitate collective action and discussion, and provide individual coaching as appropriate. The Sr Program Manager-Protection will also lead the work on the documentation of learning and best practices and support the Program Associate - Protection overseeing some aspects of grant management.  

Essential Functions: 

  • In support of InterAction’s Action-Based Research initiative on conflict-induced food insecurity and protection, support a multi-disciplinary Country Group of Columbia-based NGOs/UN through the development of risk reduction action plans.. Support can include facilitating workshops, developing background and summary materials, supporting strategy development, and ongoing engagement with key interlocutors at the field level; 
  • Conduct field visits to provide directed support to NGOs and other actors in their effort to implement aspects of Results-Based Protection (this could include aspects of the GBV PEF), including in-person workshops, convening groups to develop and carry out collective protection strategies, providing one-on-one support and widespread consultation. Field visits include report-writing and follow-up. 
  • Help manage the RBP Documentation Strategy by identifying and writing up case studies on good RBP practice at the field level, and working across the team to delegate and oversee the team’s contributions to writing case examples;  
  • Supervise the Program Associate -Protection who supports the administrative aspects of the grant management of the program;
  • Support the monitoring and evaluation of the Results-Based Protection project implementation, and provide support to the rest of the team to ensure that M and E is done to a high standard and meets all deadlines; 
  • Contribute to the writing of key program reports and RBP materials as needed;   
  • In collaboration with other team members, develop relationships with key stakeholders, including NGOs piloting the GBV PEF and working on protection in targeted field locations; 
  • Support process to hire interns, identify potential intern projects, and oversee specific intern projects as appropriate;
  • Contribute to grant reporting and support preparation for any future proposals; 
  • Actively participate in HPP and InterAction initiatives; 
  • Other responsibilities as assigned. 



  • A minimum of 5-7 years progressively responsible professional experience working on humanitarian and protection issues, including operational roles in situations of armed conflict; 
  • Experience designing and facilitating workshops and facilitating groups working on collective problem solving; 
  • Strong candidates will exhibit an understanding and experience of protection interventions that include a focus on prevention and risk reduction; 
  • Experience working on multi-sectoral or integrated programming. Experience engaging in the protection of civilians with armed actors and civ/mil liaisons is highly desirable; 
  • Experience in writing/contributing to donor proposals and reports and an understanding of standard donor requirements and processes; 
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluating protection programs; experience with outcome-oriented measurement methods is preferred; 
  • Understanding of humanitarian coordination mechanisms, including the protection cluster and AoRs, particularly at the field level; 
  • Ability to communicate clearly and succinctly about complex ideas, including experience communicating effectively about protection to broad audiences at a field level; 
  • Effective problem-solving skills and creative, flexible and adaptable approach to work responsibilities and programming strategies; 
  • Candidates should have strong interpersonal skills, demonstrate flexibility, and experience managing and representing the interests of diverse constituencies; 
  • Fluent Spanish speakers are highly desired. This role requires significant engagement working with humanitarian actors in Colombia and must be able to communicate and maintain relationships without the need for translation.  
  • Proficiency in other languages is highly desirable. 


Travel: Up to 20% (primarily international) 


Base Salary and Benefits: 

The salary range is 80,000 to 100,000 and includes an excellent benefits package. 

This role will be based in the Washington, DC area (including Virginia and Maryland) and applicants must provide documentation that they can legally work in the US.  

To Apply: LINK

  • Position will remain open until filled, but applications received before September 30th, 2023 are preferred. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  
  • Please apply through ADP, and submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and one writing sample no more than 5 pages. 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! 

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. 

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.  

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