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Bilingual Project Researcher/Writer (Guatemala)

The Justice Education Society of British Columbia (JES) is a non–profit organization with over 25 years of experience providing public legal education and justice system capacity building in Canada and overseas. Internationally, JES has programs in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Guyana which work with national institutions to strengthen justice systems, access to justice and citizen security. JES has offices in Guatemala, Honduras, and Guyana and has diverse sources of funding including private donors and provincial, federal and overseas governments. More information on JES International programs is available at http://international.justiceeducation.ca                    

THE PROJECT

The “Guatemalan Institutional Justice Strengthening (GIJS)” project has been designed to deliver an impactful and sustainable series of interrelated components to support the Public Ministry of Guatemala.  This is a four-year project, which started on August 1, 2018 and runs to July 31, 2022, funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) in which JES will play a central role in the management of project’s execution, from baseline needs assessment to implementation to final evaluation, JES will deliver the project transparently on schedule and within the allocated budget. JES provides world-class expert leadership at every stage of the process, ensuring the use of best-practices and leaving installed capacity at the Ministry for the long-term sustainability of the program. 

THE ROLE

The Bilingual Researcher/Writer for the GIJS project is responsible for the compilation and presentation of information for various donor and stakeholder audiences.  This role is a project-funded position reporting directly to the Project Director and is critical in ensuring that all project reporting is delivered on-time and with a high standard.  Success in this post depends on the support from the Project Coordinators and Officers to provide relevant information about activities, so that the Researcher/Writer can develop compelling narrative and monitoring and evaluation reports. Key responsibilities include: Report writing in Spanish and English, basic graphic design, presentation development, editing materials and desk-based research.

The Project Researcher/Writer, based in the JES office in Guatemala City, is directly supervised by the Project Manager. Their capacity to develop clear and concise reports to meet strict deadlines is fundamental to the project’s success.  Overall, the work of the Project Researcher/Writer supports accurate and on-time reporting about project activities and outcomes to stakeholders, which will ensure that JES’ partners are engaged in the project.

DUTIES

Administrative Functions and Support to Management

  • Directly assist the Project Manager in the timely delivery of project reports
  • Draft documents as required, including: Narrative reports, monitoring & evaluation reports, project plans and context briefs
  • Compile weekly project reports based on activity reports from Project Coordinators
  • Recommend improved reporting designs, presentation templates or communication materials
  • Organize and maintain physical files and cloud-based databases of project-information
  • Ensure the good use of JES resources

Investigation

  • Work directly with project staff and partners to collect information about project activities  
  • Interview stakeholders, follow up with training participants and conduct surveys as required
  • Collect information related to milestone and event
  • Maintain a cloud-based database of project information, including reports, photography and statistical information
  • Research and summarize news reports for contextual analysis reports
  • Support the Project Officers and Coordinators to gather and organize information
  • Maintain a calendar of project activities for management

Communications and Report Writing

  • Compile information about diverse project activities and outcomes
  • Review and finalize reports with standardized templates
  • Edit draft reports from colleagues for external audiences
  • Develop new communication materials, presentations and templates
  • Design infographics and visualizations that simplify complex information

Confidentiality and Compliance

  • Ensure the highest level of confidentiality of information accessed.
  • Participate in meetings and other activities organized by JES for its employees.
  • Work with respect, decency and professional responsibility

PROFILE OF THE PROJECT RESEARCHER/WRITER FOR THE GIJS PROJECT

Education

  • University Course work complete (pensum cerrado) in public relations, journalism, development or related field. (Required)

Professional Experience

  • Proven project work with international non-profit organizations, cooperation agencies, justice institutions and/or consulting firms (Required)
  • Effective report writing for internationally-funded projects (Required)
  • Research and reporting in English and Spanish (Required)
  • Baseline research and survey work (Preferred)
  • Monitoring and evaluation of projects (Preferred)
  • Research and reporting about institutional justice programs or other public sector services (Preferred)
  • Development of public relations materials for stakeholder engagement (Preferred)

Languages

  • Advanced Spanish (Required)
  • Advanced English (Required)

Competencies

  • Public relations, interinstitutional and interpersonal relationship building, teamwork, institutional communications, graphic design, consensus building and report writing.(Required)
  • Microsoft Office, e-mail and communications software. (Required)

Aptitudes

  • Leadership, responsible, optimistic, proactive, capable of complex analysis, discrete, punctual and cooperative. (Required)

Other Experiences or Training

  • Seminars, course work or experience related to vulnerable victim services, case management, or the development of technology platforms. (Preferred)
  • Design of manuals or public information campaigns (Preferred)
  • Seminars, course work or experience related to Results-Based Management or monitoring and evaluation. (Preferred)
  • Strong knowledge of the practices and processes of justice sector institutions in Guatemala (Preferred)
  • Guatemalan citizen

REMUNERATION

JES offers competitive compensation, including full benefits. Candidates should indicate expected compensation when applying.

TO APPLY

To apply for this position, please send your cover letter with salary expectation and Curriculum Vitae to the following address, indicating “GIJS Project Researcher/Writer” as the subject: jobs@justiceeducation.ca

Deadline for the reception of applications: January 21, 2019

We thank all candidates for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


 

Parenting After Separation Workshop Facilitator

The Organization

The Justice Education Society of BC (JES) is a non–profit organization with over 25 years of experience providing public legal education and justice system capacity building in Canada and overseas. In Canada, the Society helps more than 700,000 British Columbians learn about our justice system and address their legal issues. Internationally, JES has programs in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Guyana which work with national institutions to strengthen justice systems, access to justice and citizen security. JES has offices in Guatemala, Honduras and Guyana and has diverse sources of funding including private donors and provincial, federal and overseas governments. More information on JES is available at www.JusticeEducation.ca.

The Position

The Justice Education Society has an immediate opening for a Parenting After Separation Workshop Facilitator to deliver sessions in Vancouver and New Westminster.  Parenting After Separation (PAS) sessions are funded and supported by the government of British Columbia. Workshop sessions are three hours long and are designed to help parents make informed decisions about their separation or divorce; to increase the likelihood of parental co-operation; and, to give parents information and skills to assist their children. The Workshop Facilitator is responsible for delivery of PAS sessions using a standardized course curriculum, which is provided.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • To empower parents with information about the court system and procedures and the role of the judiciary and lawyers within the process: to provide definitions of legal terms such as custody, guardianship, and access; to provide information and about the best interests of children; and, to provide information about the child support guidelines and spousal support.
  • To inform parents about dispute resolution options, including mediation, counseling and the court process. It is emphasized, where there are issues of violence or safety concerns, that certain dispute resolution options may not be appropriate.
  • To provide parents with information about how to assist the children through their parents’ separation or divorce process. Information provided includes children’s normal emotional and behavioral responses as they relate to their development stage and the importance of managing conflict between parents and the extended family in a healthy manner. This includes the need for parents to separate their own feelings of hurt, anger, disappointment towards their partner from their decision-making process as parents.
  • To provide information about the adult’s emotional experience of separation and divorce, the place and meaning of anger in the process of separation, and basic negotiation strategies that parents can use to resolve conflicts and thus facilitate a healthy, ongoing parental relationship.
  • To provide parents with information about community resources.

Qualification Requirements

  • No less than 2 years’ education in an area related to this service (e.g: social work, counseling, childcare) PLUS
  • No less than 5 years’ related experience providing direct service to families/children individually and in groups, AND
  • Have courses that demonstrate knowledge of and training in the dynamics of family violence. 
  • A working knowledge of court systems, dispute resolution services, Family Law in BC, role of lawyers and an understanding of legal terms.
  • Additional points may be awarded if facilitators demonstrate training in or experience with court processes.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (ability to communicate with separating parents from a variety of cultures and backgrounds while respecting individual differences)
  • Demonstrated ability to use a variety of computer software to generate and exchange information.
  • Criminal Record Check (Vulnerable Sector)
  • Must have a flexible schedule and an ability to work evenings/weekends

How to Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to jobs@JusticeEducation.ca.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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Volunteers

The Justice Education Society is able to provide quality programs and services with the support of over 500 volunteers each year. These volunteers vary from the province’s Chief Justice to secondary school students.

Their diverse contributions range from speaking at our programs and being on advisory committees to helping edit our materials, staging mock trials, and stuffing envelopes.

To find out more about volunteer opportunities, please Contact Us.

To volunteer with our international program, visit the international volunteer page for more details.
 

Fundraising Volunteers

The Justice Education Society is launching a major, province-wide fundraising campaign to “Sponsor Kids to Learn About the Law.”

Government funding to the Society’s Justice System Education Program is now gone. Every year, the program introduces thousands of students to the courts. Program activities include court orientations, court watching, sessions with judges and other justice system personnel and performing mock trials. This program is now at risk and we are counting on donations to sustain it.

The Society is hoping to raise $100,000 to introduce 20,000 youth to BC courts throughout the province. We are seeking sponsorship from law firms, individual lawyers, judges, businesses and the general public.

We are also seeking individuals who are interested to volunteer and help support this fundraising campaign.
Contact us at Volunteer@JusticeEducation.ca for more information.