Program Associate I
World Justice Project - Washington, DC

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The Program Associate will report to the Director of Programs and will work collaboratively with all members of the Engagement team to inspire, engage, and equip the WJP network to incubate practical programs that advance the rule of law. Key responsibilities will include coordinating the World Justice Challenge seed-grant competition, managing the administration of seed grants and reports, coordinating program incubation sessions at WJP events, effectively telling the story of these programs, supporting monitoring and evaluation efforts, and helping to identify new approaches to program incubation. The Associate will also provide research and administrative support for organization-wide initiatives.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Support and coordinate the professional implementation of Program incubation efforts, including the World Justice Challenge seed grant competition and program sessions at WJP events such as the World Justice Forum, regional meetings, and country sorties;
  • Coordinate the grantmaking process from initial application to proposal review, docket preparation for selection, disbursement of funds, tracking of progress, and evaluation;
  • In collaboration with the Communications Team, create stories, reports, proposals and presentations for use in communications, fundraising appeals and reporting;
  • Maintain, organize, and regularly update website pages focusing on Programs, including writing program updates and feature stories for the Program Library and blog, and leading the technical administration of the World Justice Challenge online;
  • Maintain a database of grantee information, including deadlines for reporting and disbursement, using SalesForce;
  • Support the Director of Programs in the design and implementation of a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) process for WJP Programs;
  • Research funding prospects to support Program efforts, and work closely with the Director of Programs and Director of Advancement to develop funding proposals, LOIs, and concept papers;
  • Other duties as assigned.
Skills and Experience
  • 3+ years of research or administrative experience within a globally-focused organization or program related to rule of law issues;
  • 1+ years of communications experience, particularly related to effective storytelling;
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation and research methods;
  • Excellent written communications and interpersonal skills;
    • Demonstrated attention to detail in managing correspondence and grant files;
    • Experience with reports to funders;
    • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, often under deadline;
    • International work or cultural immersion experience highly preferred;
    • Understanding and appreciation of the rule of law and good governance in international development and social justice arena;
  • Ability to build and maintain a portfolio and file system to track seed grants including payments and reports;
  • Familiarity with database software and ability to learn new database platforms if necessary;
  • Familiarity with website platforms to make in-house updates;
  • Ability to travel;
  • Fluency in other United Nations official languages is desirable;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite.
Essential Qualities
  • Patient, persistent, curious and friendly;
  • Sense of humor;
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently;
  • Strives for highest level of professionalism in all external communications;
  • Maintains a respectful and accepting approach to others;
  • Collaboratively and creatively supports the work efforts of colleagues at all levels and in all areas of the organization.
  • Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent experience. Masters degree a plus.