Program Associate-Global Development, Policy and Learning At InterAction

About InterAction:

InterAction is the largest U.S. based coalition of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) with 180+ 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 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.

To learn more about InterAction’s mission, DEI approach, values and more visit the link below:

Who We Are – InterAction

About the Position:

InterAction seeks an entry-level Program Associate to support our Global Development, Policy, and Learning division (GDPL). The GDPL team creates practical opportunities for collective voice and networked learning across InterAction members. As advocates, we bring the membership’s united voice to bear with focus on the community’s core priorities: effective assistance resources and strong U.S. leadership and policy in support of sound human development outcomes. In pursuit of learning, our work identifies emerging issue areas, documents existing practices and needs, and responds with tools, research, training, or other solutions.

Among other things, the Program Associate will support InterAction’s Together Project, which serves as a hub for solidarity and advocacy for NGOs who face discrimination due to their religious beliefs or operating principles. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with excellent communication skills. This position will provide logistical and administrative support primarily to the Director of DEI and the Together Project, as well as the wider GDPL team. More specifically, the Program Associate will support the organization of meetings, briefings, and other events and support official communication with InterAction members and other key actors.

Position Description:

Position Title: Program Associate-Global Development, Policy and Learning

Position Type: Full-time

Location: Temporarily Remote/Washington, DC

This position is based in Washington DC. Due to COVID-19, all staff are currently working remotely and following InterAction’s COVID-19 policies. InterAction aims to have staff transition back to the Washington, DC office beginning in September. 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.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide administrative and research support to InterAction staff working on the Together Project, and other members of the GDPL team;
  • Track attacks (including disinformation attacks) on Together Project members and on civil society at large;
  • Conduct research on legal and regulatory challenges to NGOs;
  • Help coordinate nonprofit advocacy and education outreach efforts toward policymakers, members of congress, and congressional staff;
  • Seek and consolidate input from InterAction members in efforts to develop and distribute advocacy and educational materials;
  • Coordinate InterAction events and meetings; and,
  • Other duties as desired or assigned

Qualifications and Skills:

The candidate must have:

  • Bachelors Degree in a relevant field or several years of college plus equivalent work experience;
  • Experience working as part of a team and facilitating cross team collaboration;
  • Demonstrated interest in international development and the NGO sector;
  • Excellent written and oral communication;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to manage relationships with InterAction members, partners and other external stakeholders;
  • Excellent organizational skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office and abilities to effectively manage data, communications and work products while keeping track of varied information with ease and efficiency.
  • Excellent self-direction and the ability to take ownership and drive responsibilities through to completion;
  • Ability to work well and contribute effectively under pressure and in response to rapidly changing needs; and,
  • Strong professional character as well as a commitment to InterAction’s mission and values.

Highly valued qualifications include:

  • Experience in organizing and supporting workshops and meetings;
  • Experience and interest in coordinating stakeholders around common objectives;
  • Knowledge of international issues, particularly those related to global development;
  • Previous experience (including internships) with congressional advocacy or an advocacy NGO; and,
  • Experience and interest in advocacy and communications strategy development and implementation.

Supervisory Responsibilities:


Salary & Benefits

InterAction provides competitive salaries and excellent benefits package.

Telework Eligible:


Expected Start Date:

Open until filled

Reports to:

Director, DEI and Together Project

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.

How to apply

To Apply:

Please e-mail your resume, cover letter, salary expectations and writing sample to with subject line containing title “Program Associate – Global Development, Policy and Learning – YOUR NAME”. Position will remain open until filled, but applications received before 7/9/21 are preferred. 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!

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