Senior Program Manager – Protection

April 4, 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: Senior Program Manager – Protection
Position Type: Full-time (subject to funding)
Location: Washington, DC
Travel: Up to 30% (primarily international)
Reporting to: Senior Technical Advisor – Protection

Key Responsibilities
1. Lead on the provision of effective and timely support by InterAction to NGOs and NGO consortia at field level to apply results-based approaches to protection, critically review and build on current practices to achieve collective protection outcomes, including inter alia protection analysis; multi-disciplinary strategy development; iterative and adaptive management methods; and, monitoring, evaluation and learning.
2. Facilitate peer exchange across organizations and country contexts, including by securing the involvement of other external specialists/experts as and if needed in support of NGOs and their priorities at field level.
3. Ensure documentation of NGO experiences and good practice, and synthesize and disseminate lessons, with a view to promoting results-based and outcome-oriented approaches to protection among practitioners, within relevant coordination and policy fora, and across the humanitarian system.
4. Coordinate with other actors making critical contributions to develop and promote results-based protection, including other NGO initiatives, UN entities, and donor governments.
5. Work with other team members and participating organizations to support the development of a Results-Based Evaluation Framework for the Prevention of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.
6. Facilitate critical reflection among participating organizations and internally within InterAction on strategies and means of enhance results-based and outcome-oriented approaches to protection; contribute to strategic planning and fundraising efforts in support of program development, including leading on proposal development where relevant.
7. Develop and maintain relationships with practitioners and other key stakeholders with diverse expertise, including NGOs, NGO consortia, UN agencies, inter-agency fora, private and governmental donors, academics, other individual experts, as relevant to the targeted strategic outcomes of the protection team.
8. In coordination with other InterAction staff, represent InterAction and its membership in relation to relevant external stakeholders, fora, and inter-agency coordination mechanisms.
9. Collaborate with HPP team members to identify and develop connections between protection concerns, issues emerging in humanitarian crises, and HPP’s other priority issues and activities.
10. Contribute to joint planning and execution of the protection team and HPP programs and initiatives.
11. Contribute to the planning and execution of InterAction initiatives.
12. Other responsibilities as assigned.

• Masters degree in a relevant field or equivalent work experience.
• At least 7 years of significant program implementation experience, including leading teams and collaborative processes, managing program resources, ensuring fidelity to programmatic goals.
• Substantial operational experience undertaking protection analysis and developing and implementing influential and impactful protection strategies, including familiarity with means of preventing or reducing threats and/or exposure to threats. A strong orientation towards strategic outcomes and multi-disciplinary strategies is essential and a background in monitoring and evaluation is a plus.
• Familiarity with inter-agency coordination mechanisms and structures, including the IASC, Humanitarian Country Teams, Global Protection Cluster (GPC) and its Areas of Responsibility (AoRs), and the broader cluster system.
• Familiarity with international humanitarian law, human rights law, and refugee law.
• Strong conceptual and analytical thinking and ability to distill and communicate complex ideas orally and in writing, including confident presentation and public speaking abilities.
• Strong and effective facilitator, with experience and skills in designing and organizing training exercises, workshops, collaborative planning, and roundtables.
• Effective problem-solving skills and creative, flexible, and adaptable approach to work responsibilities and programming strategies.
• Strong interpersonal skills and experience managing, facilitating, and representing the interests of diverse constituencies.
• Availability for domestic and international travel.
• Fluency in multiple languages is a plus.

Primary Relationships
As part of the protection team in the Humanitarian Policy and Practice (HPP) unit, the Senior Program Manager-Protection (SPM) will work closely with other members of the protection and HPP teams, InterAction’s Communications team, as well as InterAction members, other NGOs and NGO consortia at HQ and field level. The SPM will help manage a diverse array of relationships with strategic stakeholders, including UN entities and humanitarian clusters, donors, and a range of external experts.

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: Senior Technical Advisor - Protection. Cover letter and resume should address the above listed requirements.
The deadline for applications is April 15, 2019. 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 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:
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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