Program Associate, Humanitarian Policy and Practice (HPP) Unit

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Washington, DC


Published 19 days ago

October 12, 2020
September 25, 2020

About InterAction

InterAction is the largest alliance of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the U.S., with over 190 members working in every developing country. Members are large and small, faith-based and secular, with a focus on the world’s most poor and vulnerable populations. The U.S. public, foundations and governments support the work of our members who collectively invest and manage over $18 billion a year. InterAction’s own funds come from dues and generous grants from others, such as foundations, corporations, and governments. Using its collective voice, InterAction seeks to shape important policy decisions as wide range of foreign assistance, relief, development, environmental and other issues that advance human dignity.


InterAction is recruiting a Program Associate who will primarily support the following two workstreams, Shelter and Settlements, and Risk Management in humanitarian setting:

A.      Shelter and Settlements: Humanitarian Shelter and Settlements (S&S) assistance strives to provides safe, dignified, and appropriate living spaces and related settlements interventions to meet the most basic needs of disaster-affected populations. The S&S work at InterAction provides a platform to support and improve the collaboration, capacity, practices, and policies of Members and other stakeholders.

B.      Risk Management in humanitarian settings:

InterAction’s risk program supports NGOs to advance in advancing a common understanding of an integrated approach to anticipating, identifying, prioritizing, managing, and monitoring risk arising in humanitarian delivery. This includes addressing gaps in policies, practice, and competencies, as well as facilitating information sharing on risk management that enables principled humanitarian action that is responsive to the needs of affected people.

Key Responsibilities

A.      Shelter and settlements (S&S):

  • Familiarize with the broader S&S assistance modalities, crises-affected country contexts, and Members’ overarching challenges in providing humanitarian assistance, specifically shelter and settlements and NFIs.
  • Conduct basic literature review on issues related to S&S such as: non-food shelter items; disaster risk reduction; settlements approaches and planning; protection and gender issues; camps and camp-like settings; communications with communities; house, land, property, and tenure security; and rental and hosting support.
  • Supports InterAction’s Roadmap for Research (R4R) initiative. The overall goal of the R4R is to address significant lack of systematic research and peer-reviewed publications in the humanitarian S&S assistance. R4R’s objective is to provide an agreed-upon research agenda, in collaboration with both researchers and practitioners, to build a stronger evidence base to improve practice, policy and impacts.
  • Ensure key editorial and contractual requirements are met by more than a dozen authors and monitor progress Conduct due diligence and background research on the coherence and validity of individual chapters and statements.
  • Project management including monitoring of progress of R4R, liaising with Lead Editors, authors, and ensuring contractual requirements are met on time.
  • Occasional support and liaison with: Global Shelter Cluster, country clusters and field staff; business development and partnership support with donors, academic institutions, current and prospective members.

B.      Risk Management

  • Provide support to the manager of InterAction’s risk program including preparation, implementation and monitoring of program plans and activities.
  • Plan and prepare meetings and consultations, maintaining appropriate correspondence with external and NGO stakeholders
  • Draft relevant material in support of the programs, including agendas, minutes, program reports, correspondence and other communications materials.
  • Manage procurement and vendor contracts, ensuring accurate payments and administrative documentation
  • Prepare travel arrangements and mission planning alongside with program manager and relevant partner organizations.
  • Conduct research and drafts material on country and issue specific material related to the program activities.
  • Contribute to preparations of narrative and financial reports on program progress, situation papers, and general correspondence.
  • In collaboration with other HPP and InterAction staff and teams, organize events, such as workshops, roundtable discussions, and other events and meetings in close collaboration with members/partners domestically and internationally.

Other responsibilities:

C.      The Program associate may be required to assist with other priority tasks from time to time. The Program Associate will spend 5% of their time in learning and professional development and may be required to support other team and organizational logistics and administrative tasks.


  • Preferably master’s degree in related field and up to 2 year of professional experience/internships in a related field
  • Ability to read, analyze, and synthesize a broad range of academic and humanitarian publications.
  • Strong organizing, coordination, and project management skills. Ability to prioritize, multi-task, adapt, and manage time effectively
  • Interpersonal and relationship-building skills with InterAction and Member staff and other external stakeholders. Enjoy working as part of a team, and facilitating cross-team collaboration
  • Strong commitment to InterAction mission and values
  • Ability to proactively and independently follow through on tasks and responsibilities in a detail-oriented manner and with limited supervision
  • Ability to interact with others in a professional manner and with colleagues of varied work styles
  • Excellent planning, organizational, and logistical skills
  • Keen interest and understanding of humanitarian issues
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office software and experience creating graphs, charts, and other visuals

Physical Requirements

InterAction is based in Washington DC. Due to Covid-19, the Program Associate will work remotely until January 2021 and future work arrangements will be discussed with selected candidate. 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.

Position Title: Program Associate, Humanitarian Policy and Practice (HPP) Unit

Position Type: Full-time

Location: Washington, DC

Reporting to: Sr. Advisor and technical Coordinator, with additional accountability to the Senior Manager, Humanitarian Policy

Application and closing date:

Please send your cover letter and resume to Closing on 25 September 2020 with subject line containing title “­­­­Program Associate – HPP”.  

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!

About InterAction

InterAction is the largest alliance of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the U.S., with over 190 members working in every developing country. Members are large and small, faith-based and secular, with a…

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  • Full Time Schedule
  • Master's Degree Required


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