Program Manager, Humanitarian Policy

Job Type

Full Time




1400 16th Street Northwest
Suite 210
District of Columbia
United States


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.

Position Title: Program Manager, Humanitarian Policy

Position Type: Full-time

Location: Washington, D.C

Travel: 10-15%

Reporting to: Director, Humanitarian Policy

InterAction’s Humanitarian Policy and Practice (HPP) Team seeks to shape the policies that guide humanitarian response through the work of its Policy Team. InterAction is recruiting a Manager to work with the Director of Humanitarian Policy in representing the NGO voice in policy discussions and the development of humanitarian guidance. The Manager will help lead work in policy fora related to forced displacement, humanitarian reform and InterAction’s role within the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC).


  • Serve as InterAction’s IASC “focal point” and follow policy development at all levels, including the Principals, Deputies Forum, Working Group and Emergency Directors Group. Assist InterAction staff and members engaged in these groups to organize positions and prepare prior to meetings.
  • Engage in selected IASC subsidiary bodies to ensure NGO field perspectives are translated into policy. Assist InterAction staff and members in identifying opportunities to engage in critical IASC policy development processes.
  • Follow policy developments related to responding to forced displacement/humanitarian needs, including the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees, the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework and the United Nations’ “New Way of Working” initiative. Identify opportunities for InterAction and member organizations to engage in and influence relevant discussions and policy processes.
  • Create opportunities for members to engage with policy makers and other leaders focused on improving the global response to forced displacement, humanitarian reform and other key policy topics, including through planning and organizing meetings and roundtable events.
  • Assist the Director in supporting InterAction policy working groups, including the Refugee Policy Working Group.
  • Research and draft papers, issue briefs, talking points and other written materials outlining InterAction perspectives and positions on relevant policy processes.
  • Keep InterAction members apprised of activity within the IASC and other key humanitarian policy developments through regular briefings and written updates.
  • Contribute to donor research, grant proposals, project and budget monitoring, and donor reporting for policy initiatives.
  • Represent InterAction in external meetings and events as requested.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • At least five years of experience working for an NGO or international organization (preferably a mixture of program implementation and global policy-oriented work);
  • Field experience highly desired, including working on coordinated, inter-agency humanitarian response;
  • Solid knowledge of the humanitarian architecture and issues impacting the humanitarian response environment;
  • Strong written, organizational and verbal communications skills, including presentation experience;
  • Experience managing multi-stakeholder initiatives and relationships with external actors

·        Excellent judgment in creative problem solving and proven interpersonal skills;

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field; Master’s degree preferred;
  • Availability for domestic and international travel.

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.


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to with subject line containing: Program Manager--Policy. The position will remain open until filled, but applications received before August 20 are preferred. Due to the expected volume of applications, only finalists will be contacted.

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.