Rule of Law Index Program Assistant
World Justice Project - Washington, DC

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Mission:

The World Justice Project (WJP) is an independent, non-profit organization working to advance the rule of law for the development of communities of opportunity and equity. The WJP's multinational, multidisciplinary efforts are dedicated to developing practical programs in support of the rule of law around the world. Our work is based on two complementary premises: the rule of law is the foundation for communities of opportunity and equity, and multidisciplinary collaboration is the most effective way to advance the rule of law. Our work consists of three complementary and mutually reinforcing program areas: Research and Scholarship, the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index®, and mainstreaming practical on-the-ground programs to extend the rule of law. Please see our website (www.worldjusticeproject.org) for detailed descriptions of our main programs.

Founded by William H. Neukom in 2006 as a presidential initiative of the American Bar Association (ABA), and with the initial support of 21 other global sponsoring organizations, The World Justice Project transitioned into an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2010. Its offices are located in Washington, DC, and Seattle, WA.

Position:

The World Justice Project's Rule of Law Index is seeking a full-time Program Assistant the WJP's office in Washington DC, with a target start date of approximately June 2013.

Responsibilities: As part of a small team, the Rule of Law Index Program Assistant will provide crucial support to the Rule of Law Index staff in the overall development of the WJP Rule of Law Index 2013-2014 report. Specifically, the Program Assistant will assist the team with research and data collection for the Index 2013-2014 report, and will execute tasks as assigned by the Program Manager to finalize the report to be published in late 2013. The Program Assistant will provide assistance with research and data collection for the WJP Rule of Law Index 2013. Responsibilities and specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Assist WJP senior staff with administration of the 2013 Qualified Respondent Questionnaire (QRQ), which is administered to legal experts in over 97 countries across the world, and accounts for 50% source of the Index dataset. Work will include conducting research, managing outreach, facilitating external communications, and assisting with data collection;
  • Perform data processing, database maintenance and developmental support in maintaining Index databases;
  • Conduct statistical and quantitative analysis of Rule of Law Index data;
  • Draft, edit and proofread Index outreach materials and other documents;
  • Conduct research on rule of law-related issues in countries around the globe and other long-term projects;
  • Provide general administrative and logistical support as needed.

Qualifications:

This position is open to recent graduates from undergraduate and graduate programs with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA, excellent attention to detail and superior research skills. The ideal candidate will have completed coursework in international affairs, social sciences, journalism, statistics, economics, policy studies, regional studies, or pre-law. Applicants with international experience and foreign language skills are preferred. Successful applicants will be bright, highly motivated individuals with a strong academic track record and an enthusiastic interest in the rule of law. Candidates should also be committed to the WJP's mission and principles (www.worldjusticeproject.org).

Successful applicants will be bright, highly motivated individuals with the ability to work independently as well as in group settings, manage his or her own workload, and be able to prioritize multiple tasks and work under deadline pressure. The successful candidate will demonstrate the following skills and qualifications:
  • Superior research skills, sound analytical skills, and excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage large databases.
  • Experience with publications software.
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Strong writing, oral communications, and interpersonal skills; ability to communicate in a professional manner both in writing and over the phone.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in group settings, manage his or her own workload, and be able to prioritize multiple tasks and work under deadline pressure.
  • International experience, fluency in languages in addition to English and understanding of rule of law issues a plus.

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