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Vice President, Global Policy & Effectiveness- Washington DC

Organization: InterAction

Position Title: Vice President, Global Policy & Effectiveness

Location: 1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 210, Washington, DC, 20036, US

Hours and Compensation: Full time. InterAction provides competitive salaries and excellent benefits.

Application Deadline: November 8, 2013


Organization Overview

InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), with nearly 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 others support the efforts of our membership through funding totaling more than $9 billion a year. InterAction’s funds come from dues and generous grants from others, such as foundations. 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: Vice President, Global Policy & Effectiveness Position Type: Full-time, long term Location: Washington, DC Travel: 10%-20% (Domestic & International) Reporting to: Executive Vice President

The Vice President of Global Policy & Effectiveness leads InterAction’s efforts to promote a focus on global poverty and the role of effective development through global advocacy and strategic partnerships. The position engages in advocacy around the post-2015 agenda and the G8/20, as well as the broad areas of practice, transparency, accountability, and development effectiveness. It helps lead InterAction’s engagement with the multiple actors critical to inclusive development, such as civil society groups worldwide, corporations, and the private sector. With the CEO and other InterAction Vice Presidents, as a member of InterAction’s senior management s/he supports and advances the organization’s espoused values, mission, and long-term goals as approved by the Board of Directors. The Vice President provides strategic direction for the Global Policy, Practice & Partnerships team (GPPP), represents InterAction and our members, and brings expertise in relevant technical areas as well as in the organization’s fundraising and organizational and financial management.

Primary Relationships Reporting to the Executive Vice President and working closely with the CEO, the Vice President of Global Policy & Effectiveness isa member of InterAction’s Executive Team and works closely with the other InterAction Vice Presidents and the Executive Office in leading InterAction. S/he collaborates with management in charting the direction of the organization, assuring its accountability to all constituencies and ensuring its effective operation. S/he leads the GPPP team and all of its activities, including its expanded efforts on the post-2015 agenda and InterAction Business Council.Externally, this position liaises with InterAction members, U.S. government representatives, the private sector, UN agencies engaged in international development and specifically on post-2015, NGO consortia and platforms, think tanks, private donors, universities, and the broad development cooperation community.


The Vice President of Global Policy & Effectiveness is a leadership position for a hands-on individual who thrives in a very fast-paced and highly collaborative environment. Areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:

  • Oversees the principal areas of work of the GPPP Team, including global advocacy, development effectiveness of the NGO sector, private sector engagement, innovation, learning, and impact.
  • Provides strategic direction for InterAction’s work on accountability and transparency, and outreach to new actors in the development space.
  • Represents InterAction at high-level meetings and with key policy-makers and stakeholders in the U.S. and internationally, with a specific focus on post-2015, G8/20, and the development effectiveness agenda.
  • Strengthens the InterAction Business Council and the organization’s engagement with multiple stakeholders, including private development cooperation.
  • Builds relationships with new partners and donors for funding activities or new initiatives that support InterAction’s goals. Develops partnerships with key external actors while at the same time strengthening relations with InterAction members.
  • Liaises with key global civil society networks, the UN, the U.S. government, and other agencies focusing on global development issues and policies.
  • Advances InterAction’s fundraising strategies and bears responsibility to fundraise for the GPPP.
  • Manages staff and oversees budget for the GPPP. Mentors staff and supports their development. Responsible for team hiring and staff performance appraisals.
  • Serves as InterAction liaison and advisor to the Alliance for International Youth Development.
  • Actively shapes the overall management and leadership of InterAction.
  • Works with the CEO on a range of initiatives and supports the team’s engagement with the Board of Directors.


  • At least 10 years professional experience in international affairs, ideally including service abroad.
  • Direct experience in international development is preferred.
  • Ability to convene and mobilize a wide range of actors and build consensus among them to advance or advocate on key development issues; should be familiar and comfortable with coalition politics.
  • Ability to represent and lead the NGO community without personal bias.
  • Proven experience in cultivating external relationships.
  • A broad range of existing contacts and relationships with various global stakeholders including in the private sector.
  • A dynamic ability to communicate/advocate to high-level audiences, including superior public speaking and written communication skills.
  • Effective resource generation and fundraising.
  • Solid management track record, including experience in personnel and budget management with a preference to a nurturing management style that will work well with highly skilled and independent talent.
  • Fluency in one or more languages a plus.

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.

How to Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to with subject line containing: VP, Global Policy & Effectiveness. Position will remain open until filled but applications received before November 8th are preferred. Due to the expected volume of applications, only finalists will be notified.

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.

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