Technical Consultant – Civil Society Empowerment & Civic Engagement

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


Technical Consultant - Civil Society Empowerment & Civic Engagement

InterAction intends to hire a consultant for a six-month term to support our new Open Society Foundation funded program entitled Closing Space for Civil Society: Lessons from Abroad. The program is designed to respond to the increasing concerns of U.S. civil society organizations (CSOs) regarding disinformation and specialized media attacks against their core constituents within the current political environment.

This person will report to the Director for Global Governance and Civic Engagement. InterAction seeks an individual that has extensive knowledge and experience with democracy and governance programming, especially as relates to civic engagement and citizen participation in tight or closed civil society spaces. The selected candidate will be responsible for the research, design, production and dissemination of a tool kit for internationally oriented CSOs to campaigns of disinformation and specialized media attacks. The candidate will also be expected to engage with a wide range of InterAction members and senior executives - across varying sectors including development, humanitarian assistance and democracy, rights and governance.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To outline a four-month workplan which would culminate in the final production of a hard copy and online toolkit for internationally oriented CSOs to respond to disinformation and special media attacks;
  • Conduct initial desk research related to the experiences of CSOs working in tight or closed political environments, and assessing the tactics, strategies, tools and networks they employed to continue their work;
  • Conduct several one on one interviews (or focus groups) with InterAction members organizations and senior executives;
  • Drafting and revision of a Disinformation Toolkit, to be reviewed by member and non-member of InterAction for ground truthing;
  • Coordination of the online and hard copy production of the toolkit in collaboration with the Director for Global Governance and Civic engagement;
  • Organize and conduct one pilot workshop to evaluate the receptivity and usefulness of the toolkit for InterAction members who are not based in Washington, DC
  • Support the Director of Global Governance and Civic Engagement with InterAction Member CEO meetings to conduct research on managing political polarization within organizations and boards;
  • Collaborate with InterAction’s Together Project to promote grassroots solidarity, and promote awareness civil liberties and rights-based advocacy within the United States.

Qualifications Required:

  • At least 5 years of professional exposure to democracy and governance programming, including an emphasis on civic engagement, citizen participation, civil society space, human rights or media;
  • Highly motivated, team player, with excellent organizational skills, and strong written and verbal communications skills;
  • Research skills across various platforms including open source, literature and personal interviews;
  • The ability to meet deadlines and work well under pressure, remain focused in a rapidly changing environment and be responsive to the needs of members of InterAction;
  • Knowledge of or experience working directly on global development related issues;
  • Experience planning and executing logistics for internal and external meetings;
  • Demonstrated commitment to InterAction’s core values and mission.

Qualifications highly valued:

  • Master’s Degree in international affairs/relations, public policy, international development, economics or a related field
  • Previous experience working specifically on issues of disinformation with civil society actors in tightly controlled or closed civil society environments;
  • Demonstrated experience producing high quality research products and other online and written materials;

About InterAction:

InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), with more than 190 members working in every developing country. Members are faith-based and secular, large and small, with a focus on the world’s most poor and vulnerable populations. The U.S. public, foundations and others support the efforts of our membership through funding totaling more than $9 billion a year, according to 2009 estimates. Using its collective voice, InterAction seeks to shape important policy decisions on relief and long term development issues, including foreign assistance, the environment, women, health, education and agriculture.

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.


Please email your resume and cover letter to with subject line containing: Empowering Civil Society. Cover letter and resume must address the requirements listed. Position will remain open until filled, but applications will be reviewed as received.

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

No phone calls please.

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