Thursday, September 6, 2012

Advocacy Manager for Aid Reform and Effectiveness

Advocacy Manager for Aid Reform and Effectiveness POSITION SUMMARY: InterAction seeks an Advocacy Manager for Aid Reform and Effectiveness to facilitate advocacy by our aid reform, aid effectiveness, and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) working groups. These working groups consist of staff from InterAction member organizations that meet regularly to share information and coordinate work on issues related to country ownership, procurement reform, enabling environments, and capacity building. The position coordinates the advocacy messaging and strategy of the relevant working groups and helps to build and maintain relationships with key Congressional and administration staff. This position will be part of InterAction’s Public Policy Team, working closely with and reporting to the Senior Director of Public Policy. RESPONSIBILITIES: Specific duties will include: • Work closely with InterAction member NGOs to turn their field-based development expertise into concrete proposals for reforming and strengthening U.S. foreign assistance; • Manage staff-level and CEO-level aid reform working groups • Represent InterAction on a range of aid reform and effectiveness issues to Congress and the administration; • Build consensus among InterAction members behind aid reform policy positions , including writing and editing policy documents, organizing briefings and coordinating sign-on letters, and outreach to key policymakers; • Track, analyze, and report to working groups at bi-weekly or monthly meetings on pertinent policy and legislative developments; • Establish and maintain relationships with working group participants; respond to informational inquiries from InterAction members; represent InterAction at outside coalition meetings; • Build and maintain relationships with members of the administration, Congress, and strategic partners; • Coordinate advocacy efforts with the rest of the Public Policy Team; • Support InterAction’s broad policy objectives within the context of budget/appropriations, foreign assistance reform, the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, and the Millennium Development Goals; and • Other duties as assigned by Senior Director of Public Policy. QUALIFICATIONS: • A least a bachelor’s degree with two to five years of experience in legislative or policy advocacy for a non-profit organization or congressional work experience ; • Experience/knowledge with humanitarian and/or international development issues; • Knowledge of/experience working with USAID and/or the State Department is a plus; • Highly organized, team player, excellent writing skills; • Excellent inter-personal communication skills, including the ability to interact professionally with high-level staff and policymakers; • Understanding the challenges involved in organizing coalition advocacy; • Initiative to spot what needs to be done, as well as to respond to specific direction; • The ability to stay calm and poised under pressure, remain focused in a rapidly changing environment and be responsive to needs of members; • Demonstrated initiative to solve problems with high energy and a positive attitude; • Demonstrated commitment to InterAction’s core values and mission; and • The highest personal and professional integrity along with a sense of humor. ABOUT INTERACTION InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), with more than 190 members working in every developing country. Members are faith-based and secular, large and small, 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 via funding totaling more than $9 billion a year, according to 2009 estimates. 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 on relief and long term development issues, including foreign assistance, the environment, women, health, education and agriculture. Members are at the forefront in responding to humanitarian crises and disasters worldwide and InterAction acts as a hub in these efforts. 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. TO APPLY:Email cover letter and resume to . • Put “Advocacy Manager, Aid Reform and Effectiveness” in the subject line. • Position is open until filled but applications received prior to September 10, 2012 are preferred and applications will be reviewed as they are received. • Due to the expected volume of interest, only candidates considered will be contacted. • All applicants must be able to provide documentation that they are legally eligible to work in the United States (US citizenship or “Green Card”). • No phone calls please. DEADLINE: Open until filled, with applications preferred by September 10, 2012. Thank you for your interest

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