Organization:World Justice Project
The World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index team is seeking a full-time Project Manager at its Washington DC office to support the WJP’s research projects designed to better understand the functioning of just systems and the state of access to justice around the world. In consultation with the Rule of Law Index Director and Chief Research Officer, the Project Manager will be responsible for coordinating the planning and implementation of studies on legal needs and access to justice, conducting background research, liaising with local polling companies and expert consultants, and producing presentations and project reports on this work. This is a one-year term position, with the possibility to extend or transition to a permanent staff role contingent upon funding.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Coordinate survey-based studies on legal needs and access to justice, managing on-the-ground sub-contracts with local polling companies, including handling the procurement of services, negotiating terms of agreement, scheduling and budgeting, and addressing any methodological and data quality issues during fieldwork;
- Manage collaborative processes with WJP staff, expert consultants, external resource partners working to develop methodologies and surveys on access to justice for the general public, private sector, and public sector;
- Manage the production process and timelines for producing presentations, reports, and other project outputs resulting from WJP’s research;
- Conduct background research and compile relevant literature and studies to inform WJP’s approach to its survey research on access to justice or analysis of study results;
- Provide general support the WJP’s thematic research on access to civil justice and inter-organizational initiatives related to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, including liaising with research partners; integrating WJP research and data into relevant discussions; and pursuing relevant funding opportunities to expand this line of research;
- Support the data analysis, writing, design, and production of other WJP research products as needed, including the forthcomingGlobal Insights on Access to Justice2019 report, our flagshipWJP Rule of Law Index®, and annual report series on the rule of law in Afghanistan and the Caribbean as needed; and
- Assist in managing projects and activities as they relate to alternative data collection efforts, data presentation, and data visualization;
- Undertake rule of law research and analysis as necessary.
Qualifications:This position is open to individuals a track record of relevant project management experience, superior research skills, excellent attention to detail. The ideal candidate will have a degree (M.A. preferred, or B.A. with equivalent work experience) in international affairs, social sciences, journalism, economics, policy studies, regional studies, or pre-law. Successful applicants will have 5 to 7 years of relevant experience, be bright, highly dependable, and motivated with a strong academic track record and an enthusiastic interest in the rule of law. The successful candidate will demonstrate the following skills and qualifications:
- 5 to 7 years of project management experience;
- Experience managing external vendors, consultants, project budgets, and grant awards;
- Superior research and analytical skills, and ability to interpret and analyze data and complex documents;
- Knowledge of survey research methods strongly preferred;
- Quantitative skills, experience with STATA or other statistical analysis software is strongly preferred;
- Proficiency in a foreign language (especially Russian, French, Spanish, or Portuguese) is a plus;
- Experience producing reports and research products for external audiences and funders;
- Experience presenting and communicating rule of law issues to a wide variety of audiences;
- Strong interpersonal skills, including appropriate supervisory and management methodologies;
- Excellent written and verbal communication.
- Encourages and practices critical thinking and creative problem solving;
- Is self-reflective and empathic;
- Recognizes the influence of workplace relationships on outcomes and results;
- Maintains a respectful and accepting approach to others;
- Awareness of the influence of the larger context on individual behavior; and
- Collaboratively and creatively supports the work efforts of colleagues at all levels and in all areas of the organization.
How to Apply: The World Justice Project is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity. Please email a cover letter, resume, a writing sample not exceeding 5 pages, and reference information (1-3 reference contact information, past supervisors and employers preferred) firstname.lastname@example.org subject line “[Last Name], [First Name] Access to Justice Project Manager.” Please send all application documents at once, preferably in one PDF file. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the high volume of applications received, we are only able to follow up directly with candidates selected for interviews. No phone calls please.