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Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

Summary
The Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of the World Justice Project (“WJP”) will have primary administrative responsibility for financial management of the WJP, including preparation and management of budgets, preparation of financial reports to the WJP’s Officers and Board of Directors, liaising with the WJP’s outside auditing firm and attending to the WJP’s annual audit, and managing the financial aspects of grant applications and grants received by the WJP from private and government sources and reports required by same.  The Chief Financial and Administrative Officer will also have primary responsibility for management and oversight in the areas of HR, technology, operations, office management, procurement and contracts for WJP’s operations based in Washington, D.C., and in offices in Seattle, WA, Mexico City, Singapore, and future locations as may develop. The WJP’s Finance Director, the HR and Administrative Manager, and the Mexico office Manager will report to this person.  This person will report to the Executive Director, and it is expected that this person will work closely with the WJP Treasurer, General Counsel and other Officers, and with the Board of Directors.  The position will be based in the WJP’s office in Washington, D.C.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities    
There are two overarching challenges or opportunities facing the new WJP Chief Financial and Administrative Officer: First, the financial management and oversight of WJP in a period of transition from a predominantly US-based and privately funded organization, to a global organization with offices in several continents, and funded by both public and private sources from multiple jurisdictions. Second, promoting an entrepreneurial, results-oriented, highly wired and closely integrated culture with staff and officers from diverse cultural backgrounds and time-zones.  

BUDGET AND FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Preparing budgets, for individual program operations and for the WJP overall.
  • Managing operations in accordance with approved budgets.
  • Preparing financial reports to the WJP’s Officers and Board of Directors.
  • Presenting of financial information to audiences non-expert in financial matters internal and external to the organization. 

AUDIT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Coordinating with the WJP’s independent auditing firm re: preparation for and management of the WJP’s audits: A-133, Singapore and donors audits. 
  • Ensuring WJP’s compliance audit under the U.S. Uniform Guidance regulations, and implementation of auditors’ recommendations.
  • Maintaining good communication with the WJP’s outside auditing firm as to WJP financial matters.

GRANTS MANAGEMENT 

  • Assisted by the WJP’s Finance Director, managing disposition of grant funds received by the WJP from private and governmental sources, so as to assure compliance with requirements of such grants and reporting requirements applicable to same.
  • In close coordination with programmatic senior staff, managing preparation of financial aspects of applications for new grants.

OPERATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Overseeing the development and implementation of policies and procedures governing WJP operations in WJP’s four offices, ensuring compliance with relevant laws, regulations, and best practices.
  • Overseeing procurement processes and contracting in accordance with WJP policies.
  • Assisted by the Human Resources and Administrative Manager, overseeing all human resources matters, including benefit selection and management.
  • Assisted by WJP’s IT consultant, overseeing all technology requirements of the organization.

Skills and Experience

  • Five to eight years’ experience in nonprofit financial management, which has included preparation of budgets and financial management in accordance with approved budgets, and preparation of financial reports to senior management and interaction with senior management.  Comparable experience in the for-profit world is also acceptable. 
  • Experience in liaising with outside auditing firms re: preparation for and administration of annual budgets and audits.  
  • Substantial experience in managing the disposition of grant funds received from multiple private and governmental sources, particularly the United States Government, so as to assure compliance with requirements of such grants and reporting requirements applicable to same.
  • Substantial experience with preparation of the financial and administrative aspects of applications for new grants from such sources.
  • Experience with financial management of operations in multiple jurisdictions, cultures and time-zones.
  • Experience recruiting, training, mentoring, and managing staff.
  • Experience with other administrative functions, including technology, human resources, office management, procurement, contracts, and legal compliance.

Essential Personal Qualities

  • Encourages and practices critical thinking.
  • Demonstrates good judgment.
  • Maintains a respectful and accepting approach to others.
  • Is a self-starter who takes initiative balanced with following institutional policies.
  • Is experienced in negotiating highly-nuanced relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Has a positive, “can-do” attitude.
  • Gives keen attention to detail.
  • Communicates well, both verbally and in writing.
  • Collaboratively and creatively supports the work efforts of colleagues at all levels and in all areas of the organization.
  • Has a genuine interest in the mission and programs of the WJP.
  • Has the capacity to work well with people from diverse cultures and for moderate work-related travel around the world.

Education Requirement
Master’s Degree or equivalent professional experience. 

Physical Requirements
While performing the responsibilities of the job, this person will frequently be required to use finger dexterity as well as sufficient hand dexterity to use a computer keyboard and be capable of reading a computer screen.  This person may need to remain seated for long periods of time, have the ability to perform repetitive motions, grasp objects, including a writing instrument, stand, communicate verbally and hear well enough to detect nuances, and receive detailed information.  This person may be required to walk, push or pull objects, bend, squat, reach, or kneel. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision for expansive reading and data analysis.  

Working Conditions
The work conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing this job. This person will typically work indoors in a heated and air-conditioned office, with a mixture of natural, incandescent and fluorescent light with low to moderate noise levels.

About World Justice Project
The WJP is an independent, multidisciplinary organization working to advance the rule of law worldwide. Effective rule of law reduces corruption, combats poverty and disease, and protects people from injustices large and small. It is the foundation for communities of peace, opportunity, and equity—underpinning development, accountable government, and respect for fundamental rights. Through research and scholarship, the WJP Rule of Law Index®, and engagement, our work engages citizens and leaders around the globe to increase public awareness about the foundational importance of the rule of law, stimulate policy reforms, and develop practical, on-the-ground programs. 

How to Apply
The WJP is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, resume, and reference information (contact information for two to three references, with past supervisors and employers being preferred) to “wjobs@worldjusticeproject.org” with subject line “LAST NAME, FIRST NAME CFAO POSITION”. Please send all application documents at once, preferably in PDF format. This position will remain open until filled. Due to the high volume of applications expected to be received, we are able to follow up directly only with candidates selected for interviews. No phone calls please. 
 


Fall 2018 Rule of Law Internship (paid) 
 

Position: WJP’s Index team is seeking a full-time, paid intern at WJP’s office in Washington DC for the fall (starting in early September and continuing through January). 
 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: As part of a small team, interns will provide crucial support to the Index team and will assist with data collection efforts and report production for WJP’s various projects, including the Rule of Law Index 2018-2019, the Mexican States Rule of Law Index, the Open Government Report, and other thematic and country-specific projects. The main responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to: 

  • Assist in the administration of the Qualified Respondents Questionnaire (QRQ) for the Global Rule of Law Index ; 
  • Edit and proofread outreach templates and prepare major email campaigns in support of the QRQ;  
  • Conduct targeted telephone and email outreach to potential respondents in English and other languages, preferably French; 
  • Conduct research to identify potential practitioner and academic legal experts in various countries to participate in the Rule of Law Index; 
  • Perform data processing and provide developmental support in maintaining the database of experts for the WJP expert surveys; including data entry and data formatting; 
  • Assist in preparing for the General Population Poll (GPP) data collection cycle, including evaluating and contracting survey organizations to conduct in-country fieldwork around the world; 
  • Edit and proofread WJP publications, including the Open Government Report and Rule of Law Index 2018-2019; 
  • Assist with preparations for meeting and presentations, including producing drafts of Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and handouts, and preparing and assembling outreach materials for external distribution; 
  • Provide general administrative support for WJP projects, including organizational work in Microsoft Excel and Word; assist with Index calendar management and logistics for travel and meetings, mass mailings, and other office and logistical support duties. 

Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (completed or currently pursuing) in international affairs, social sciences, journalism, economics, policy studies, regional studies, or related field; 
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (especially Excel), with preference given to those with prior experience/proven ability managing large databases; 
  • Ability to communicate clearly and efficiently and ability to give and receive feedback; 
  • Highly dependable with the ability to work in a team-oriented environment; 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, excellent problem solving skills, and attention to detail; 
  • At least one year of professional experience, including internships; 
  • Fluency or near-fluency in French is preferred; knowledge of another foreign language will be considered;
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. 

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 3 pages, and reference information (1-3 reference contact information, past supervisors and employers preferred) to indexjobs@worldjusticeproject.org with subject line “[Last Name], [First Name] Fall 2018 Rule of Law Index Internship”. 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. 
 


Access to Justice Research Internship (paid)

Position: The WJP’s Rule of Law Index team is seeking a full-time, paid intern at its Washington DC office for the fall and winter of 2018 (starting in September for a minimum of three months). This position will support WJP’s work studying legal needs and access to justice around the world, and will entail supporting data analysis and report production processes as well as inter-organizational initiatives to raise awareness about the magnitude of unmet legal need and the impact of injustice on a global scale.

Responsibilities: 

  • Identify, review, and compile data sources for estimating the number of people with unmet justice needs (i.e. the “justice gap”) around the world;
  • Assist with the production of the 2019 edition of the WJP’s Global Insights on Access to Justice report, including data checks, report writing, copyediting, and design assistance;
  • Provide administrative and logistical support for inter-organizational efforts to advocate for government commitments to and improved measures for tracking access to justice under UN Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG16), including facilitating meeting and travel logistics as needed, drafting communications, and taking notes;  
  • Conduct qualitative research on rule of law developments around the world; 
  • Assist with preparations for meeting and presentations, including producing drafts of Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and handouts, and preparing and assembling outreach materials for external distribution; 
  • Provide general administrative support for WJP projects, including organizational work in Microsoft Excel and Word; assist with Index calendar management and logistics for travel and meetings, mass mailings, and other office and logistical support duties; 
  • Assist with the Rule of Law Index’s core Qualified Respondents Questionnaire (QRQ) and General Population Poll (GPP) data collection processes as needed; and
  • Edit and proofread other WJP publications as needed, including the Open Government Report, Rule of Law Index 2018-2019, and The Rule of Law in Afghanistan 2018. 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (completed or currently pursuing) in international affairs, social sciences, journalism, economics, policy studies, regional studies, or related field; 
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (especially Excel), with preference given to those with prior experience/proven ability managing large databases; 
  • Experience with STATA or other statistical analysis software is strongly preferred;
  • Proficiency in a foreign language (especially French, Spanish, Russian, or Portuguese) is a plus; 
  • Ability to communicate clearly and efficiently and ability to give and receive feedback; 
  • Highly dependable with the ability to work in a team-oriented environment; 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, excellent problem solving skills, and attention to detail; 
  • Preferably at least one year of professional experience, including internships; 
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. 

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 3 pages, and reference information (1-3 reference contact information, past supervisors and employers preferred) to indexjobs@worldjusticeproject.org with subject line “[Last Name], [First Name] Access to Justice Research Internship.” 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. 
 


Project Manager, Access to Justice

Position: 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 forthcoming Global Insights on Access to Justice 2019 report, our flagship WJP 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. 

Essential Qualities:

  • 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) to indexjobs@worldjusticeproject.org with 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.