InterAction is the largest coalition of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) focused on the world’s poor and most vulnerable people. Collectively, InterAction’s over than 190 members work in every developing country. Members meet people halfway in expanding opportunities and supporting gender equality in education, health care, agriculture, small business, and other areas.
InterAction seeks a Senior Public Policy Associate to work on a variety of international development and humanitarian policy issues, with a strong emphasis on U.S. government policies and regulations that impact the work of the U.S. NGO community and InterAction’s membership. The Senior Public Policy Associate will engage in direct outreach to congressional staff, meet with Executive branch officials from the White House, State Department, USAID, and other agencies, and work closely with InterAction’s member NGOs to promote policies that support their field-based humanitarian and development programs and strengthen U.S. foreign assistance programs. For example, s/he will manage InterAction’s Grants and Contracts Reform Working Group and support the Senior Director of Public Policy and External Relations in InterAction’s engagement on USAID and State Department procurement reforms, in addition to other high level negotiations.
In addition to the above, the Senior Public Policy Associate is expected to contribute to the fast-paced work of the Public Policy Unit by providing executive-level support to the Senior Director. This will include managing high-level relationships with policymakers, donors, and other stakeholders, responding to urgent requests for information from congressional staff or administration officials, writing and contributing to policy-related external communications, administrative and scheduling support, and other tasks as needed.
The Senior Public Policy Associate will report to the Senior Director of Public Policy and work closely with the Senior Director and InterAction’s CEO on special projects and events.
Ideal qualifications include congressional experience and/or advocacy background, a master’s degree or two years' commensurate experience, international experience, background in humanitarian and/or development work, excellent inter-personal skills, strong writing, policy analysis, research, and organizational skills, and the ability to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize deadlines. Knowledge of, or experience working with, USAID and the State Department is a plus.
How to applyWebsite: www.interaction.org
• Email cover letter, resume and writing sample to email@example.com. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with first round applications reviewed by January 27, 2010.
• Put “SPPA PC” on the subject line of your email.
• Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
• Candidates must demonstrate eligibility to work in the U.S. (citizenship or “green card” holders)
• No calls please.
• Due to the expected volume of interest, only short listed candidates will be contacted.
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