Program Manager, Protection

Date Published: September 7, 2022 Author: InterAction


InterAction is the largest U.S. based coalition of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) with nearly 190 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 growing 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.


As the humanitarian community is increasingly focused on achieving protection outcomes, InterAction, since 2012, has been at the forefront of shaping and promoting the use of results-based approaches to protection. The current iteration of InterAction’s Results-Based Protection (RBP) project includes three main components: (1) field support for collective strategies in select crisis contexts; (2) the development and piloting of a prevention evaluation framework for the prevention of gender-based violence (GBV PEF); and (3) influencing the humanitarian system and leadership to encourage uptake of outcome-oriented approaches to protection.


Position Title:

Program Manager, Protection

Position Type:

Full-time (dependent on funding availability)


Washington, D.C.

Reporting to:

Senior Program Manager

The Program Manager is a part of the Protection Team under InterAction’s Humanitarian Policy and Practice (HPP) Team, working on the Results-Based Protection project. The Program Manager directly implements portions of project components, including the piloting of the GBV PEF and the field support project component. With guidance from the Senior Program Manager and Senior Technical Advisor, the Program Manager will directly engage with NGOs at a field, regional and headquarters level to provide support on results-based methods of protection, facilitate collective action and discussion, and provide and individual coaching as appropriate.


  • Manage the GBV PEF Community of Practice, an online community of NGOs who are piloting the PEF. Managing this includes soliciting and managing membership, facilitating monthly meetings, identifying key areas for discussion and learning, and providing write ups where needed.
  • Analyze and track learning arising from the GBV PEF Community of Practice to capture successes,  challenges, and key questions arising from discussions and the use of the GBV PEF during the piloting phase; this information should be used to steer conversations within the CoP and for the future revision of the GBV PEF.
  • Contribute to development of materials related to the GBV PEF, and to the oversight of external review and Roundtable of the GBV PEF;
  • Oversee support to NGOs in a targeted humanitarian context through the co-development of action plans for uptake of specific components of Results-Based Protection. Support can include providing workshops, developing materials, supporting strategy development and on-going engagement with key interlocutors at the field level;
  • Conduct field visits that are focused on providing directed support to NGOs in various areas of Results-Based Protection (this could include support on the GBV PEF), including in-person workshops, convening groups to develop and carry out collective protection strategies, provide one-on-one support and widespread consultation. Field visits include report-writing and follow-up;
  • Identify and write case studies of examples of good RBP practice at the field level;
  • Contribute to the writing of key program reports and RBP materials as needed;
  • In collaboration with other team members, develop relationships with key stakeholders, including NGOs piloting the GBV PEF and working on protection in targeted field locations;
  • Oversee monitoring and evaluation of the Results-Based Protection project and provides support to the rest of the team to ensure that M and E is done to high quality and meets all deadlines;
  • Support process to hire interns and identify potential intern projects, oversee specific intern projects as appropriate;
  • Contribute to grant reporting as needed and support preparation for any future proposals;
  • Actively participate in HPP and InterAction initiatives;
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


  • A minimum of 5 years progressively responsible professional experience working on humanitarian and protection issues, including operational roles in situations of armed conflict;
  • Experience designing and facilitating workshops and facilitating groups working on collective problem solving;
  • Strong candidates will exhibit an understanding and experience of protection interventions that include a focus on prevention and risk reduction;
  • Experience in implementing GBV prevention programs in humanitarian settings is highly desirable;
  • Experience in writing/contributing to donor proposals and reports and an understanding of standard donor requirements and processes;
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluating protection programs; experience with outcome-oriented measurement methods is preferred;
  • Understanding of humanitarian coordination mechanisms, including the protection cluster and AoRs, particularly at the field level;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and succinctly about complex ideas, including experience communicating effectively about protection to broad audiences at a field level;
  • Effective problem-solving skills and creative, flexible and adaptable approach to work responsibilities and programming strategies;
  • Candidates should have strong interpersonal skills, demonstrate flexibility, and experience managing and representing the interests of diverse constituencies;
  • Proficiency in other languages highly desirable, particularly French, Spanish or Arabic

Travel: Up to 20% (primarily international)


The salary range is 70,000 to 80,000 and includes an excellent benefits package.

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.


Position will remain open until filled, but applications received before September 30th, 2022 are preferred. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please apply HERE through ADP, and submit a cover letter and resume. 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!

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.