Vice President, Global Development Policy and Learning

February 2, 2018
Washington, D.C.
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
10+ Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified


Vice President, Global Development Policy and Learning


About InterAction

InterAction is the largest US based coalition of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the U.S. with nearly 190 members working in every developing country. Members 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 $18 billion a year. InterAction revenues come from dues, and grants from foundations, corporations, and governments. Using its collective voice and convening power, InterAction seeks to shape important policy decisions on 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:             Vice President, Global Development Policy & Learning

Position Type:           Full-time, long term

Location:                      Washington, DC

Travel:                          5-10%;  Domestic & International

Reporting to:              President


Position Summary

The Vice President of Global Development Policy and Learning leads InterAction’s efforts to promote a focus on global poverty and the role of effective development through global and US focused advocacy, research and learning. The position helps leads and facilitates strategic partnerships with multiple actors critical to inclusive development, such as civil society groups’ worldwide, advocates, policy makers, and the private sector. S/he supports and advances the organization’s espoused values, mission, and long-term goals as approved by the Board of Directors.


Qualifications Required

  • Graduate degree in related field or comparable professional experience
  • 15 years professional experience in international affairs, some of which should be in international development
  • Proven experience in cultivating external relationships and managing competing external demands
  • Appreciation of the role and complexity of coalition advocacy
  • A broad range of existing contacts and relationships with various global stakeholders
  • Superior public speaking and written communication skills
  • Experience in effective resource generation and fundraising
  • Experience managing staff and teams, including personnel and budget management


Qualifications Desired

  • Cross sector professional experience (i.e.: in addition to NGO experience, ideal candidates have spent some time in government, private sector or another relevant sector)
  • Experience working in the developing world
  • Experience in coalition building
  • Fluency in one or more languages in addition to English
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial approach to problem solving and/or program expansion


Essential Functions

  • Guides and oversees the principal areas of work of the Global Development Policy and Learning Team, including but not limited to: advocacy in the U.S. (to Congress and the executive branch), innovative finance for development; preserving space for global civil society; data and technology for development, and development effectiveness of the NGO sector
  • Actively shapes the overall management and leadership of InterAction as a member of the Executive Team.
  • Works with the CEO and the President on a range of initiatives and supports the team’s engagement with the Board of Directors
  • Works closely with peers on the executive team, fostering strong programmatic connections across InterAction, particularly in alignment with Humanitarian Policy and Practice team
  • Manages staff and oversees budget for Global Development Policy and Learning; mentors staff and supports their development; responsible for team hiring and staff performance appraisals
  • Advances InterAction's fundraising and bears responsibility to fundraise for GDPL led initiatives
  • Develops and strengthens relations with InterAction member organizations. Supports recruitment of new members that strengthen the coalition.
  • Serves as InterAction advisor to specific projects and existing partnerships such as the Together Project, the Democracy Rights and Governance Initiative and the Basic Education Coalition
  • Liaises with key global civil society networks, the UN, the U.S. government, and other agencies focusing on global development issues and policies
  • Builds relationships with new partners, donors, and key external actors for activities or new initiatives that support InterAction’s goals


Success Factors

The Vice President of Global Development Policy and Learning is a leadership position for a hands-on individual who thrives in a multi-faceted and highly collaborative environment. The incumbent should have the ability to represent and lead the NGO community without personal bias. Her/he should be able to effectively convene and mobilize a wide range of actors and build consensus among them to advance or advocate on key development issues. He/she should demonstrate a nurturing management style that cultivates skilled and independent talent.


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:

  • Email cover letter and resume to
  • Put “VP – GDPL” on the subject line.
  • Position is open until filled but applications received prior to February 20 are preferred; applications will be reviewed as they are received.
  • All applicants must be able to provide documentation that they are legally eligible to work in the United States (US citizenship or “Green Card”).

Due to the expected volume of interest, only candidates considered will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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