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International Program Director

Location: Vancouver, BC

Reports to: Executive Director

ABOUT THE JUSTICE EDUCATION SOCIETY (JES)

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, JES helps British Columbians learn about our justice system, address their legal issues, improve legal capability and access to justice. JES works with partners around the world to deliver practical, integrated and impactful projects that promote effective and accessible justice systems which are key to sustainable development, individual security and human rights. With extensive experience in designing and implementing international projects, our work has included a range of diverse projects on justice capacity building, the rule of law, citizen security, human rights, access to justice, gender-based violence, youth justice and public legal education. JES currently has programs in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Guyana, and works with national institutions to strengthen justice systems, and increase access to justice and citizen security. JES has offices in British Columbia, Guatemala, Honduras and Guyana and has diverse sources of funding including private donors and provincial, federal and overseas governments.

THE POSITION

The International Program Director (IPD) oversees the planning, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of JES' international projects and plays a key leadership role throughout the organization. The IPD has overall responsibility for the work of the international program team based in Canada and abroad and interacts regularly with funders, partners and stakeholders.

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

Strategic leadership

  • Participate in discussions regarding future directions of JES international programming, and determine priorities for program work including making of recommendations regarding JES' program approach, innovative strategies, thematic focus, countries of operation, etc.
  • Build, strengthen and maintain connections with funders and key stakeholders.
  • Participate in business development activities.
  • Participate as a member of the Senior Leadership Team in contributing to the overall strategy, administration and management of the organization.

Program Development and Delivery

  • Provide leadership and oversight of the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of JES' international programs.
  • Provide progress report and ensure successful completion of all projects on time and on budget.
  • Maintain or improve efficiencies of established systems, processes and frameworks that enable JES to deliver quality programs.
  • Identify and promote key project innovations and successes for dissemination through a variety of communication channels.
  • Ensure that program activity is consistent with JES' established program approach, principles, policies, and is aligned with its Strategic Plan.

People Management

  • Lead staff, provide guidance and support, and encourage positive employee contribution.
  • Develop goal setting, provide feedback, and conduct performance reviews.
  • Help foster a dynamic organizational culture and strong team cohesion amongst all JES staff.
  • Ensure regular opportunities for two-way feedback, professional development, coaching and mentoring.
  • Cultivate an environment for organizational learning by bringing others together to examine successes and to assist in defining specific issues and create solutions.
  • Ensure that human resource policies and practices are followed and adhered to.

Financial and risk management

  • In collaboration with the Finance Director, provide timely and accurate financial reporting, monitoring, budgeting and forecasting information for all international projects.
  • Ensure effective liaison with funders regarding the administration of, and reporting on, grants.
  • Identify and implement risk management strategies that respond to current and anticipated risks in program operations.

Reporting and compliance

  • Be accountable to the Executive Director in regard to all aspects of the position.
  • Report on program activities to the Board as required, including written report and attendance at Board meetings.
  • Engage with and provide support to the International Committee of the Board.
  • Ensure that reports are provided to funders as required. Maintain and regularly review policies and procedures relevant to program operations to ensure compliance with funder requirements and other relevant guidelines.

THE PERSON

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of all phases of international program delivery
  • Project management experience in multi-year international development projects, preferably in justice or related sectors.
  • Knowledge of international development issues, trends and practices.
  • Management experience in leading multicultural teams.
  • Demonstrated success in preparing project proposals for funding.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and a proven ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with multiple stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated leadership, critical & strategic thinking, team-building and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple competing priorities.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English. Fluency in Spanish is highly desirable and French would be an asset
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally on a regular basis.

Preferred

  • Experience managing projects in multiple countries, preferably in Latin America.
  • Experience implementing capacity building projects in the areas of justice and human rights.

Education

Post-graduate education in a relevant discipline such as international development, law, project management, human rights, business administration or equivalent professional experience and education.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send your cover letter and resume to jobs@justiceeducation.ca by April 25th, 2018.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 


 

Project Manager

Location: To be located in Vancouver or Guatemala City depending on final candidate.

Reports to: International Program Director

ABOUT THE JUSTICE EDUCATION SOCIETY (JES)

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, JES helps British Columbians learn about our justice system, address their legal issues, improve legal capability and access to justice. JES works with partners around the world to deliver practical, integrated and impactful projects that promote effective and accessible justice systems which are key to sustainable development, individual security and human rights. With extensive experience in designing and implementing international projects, our work has included a range of diverse projects on justice capacity building, the rule of law, citizen security, human rights, access to justice, gender-based violence, youth justice and public legal education. JES currently has programs in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Guyana, and works with national institutions to strengthen justice systems, and increase access to justice and citizen security. JES has offices in British Columbia, Guatemala, Honduras and Guyana and has diverse sources of funding including private donors and provincial, federal and overseas governments.

THE PROJECT

Strengthening Criminal Investigations and Evidence Sharing in Central America (Project completion date: January 2021)

The goal of this project is to strengthen the security and justice systems of the region with a strategic focus on addressing organized crime structures and tackling gang related criminal activity. Specifically, it focuses on building and/or improving the capacity of justice and law enforcement institutions and agencies in the Northern Triangle (Police Forces, Public Prosecutors' Offices, Judiciary and Forensic Science Services) to:

  1. Use several specialized investigation techniques and criminal intelligence analysis to combat transnational threats posed by international crime and corruption in the Northern Triangle of Central America.
  2. Protect justice system personnel in the Northern Triangle of Central America.
  3. Cooperate in the regional sharing of forensic and investigative information, intelligence and evidence between prosecuting and police authorities in Central America.

The largest areas of focus, representing about 80% of the overall project, will be to increase the skills and knowledge in criminal intelligence analysis (CIA) and specialist investigative techniques in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. This will be accomplished by working with the Public Prosecutors' offices in all three countries to deliver an advanced CIA program.

Other areas of focus:

  1. Increase access to equipment and software for analysts, investigators and prosecutors to support criminal intelligence analysis and specialist investigative techniques in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
  2. Increase knowledge and skills in investigations of corruption in Honduras and crime scene investigation in El Salvador.
  3. Increase awareness of and skills in protection of prosecutors and judges in El Salvador, Honduras & Guatemala.
  4. Increase skills, knowledge and awareness in sharing of forensic and investigative information, intelligence and evidence between prosecuting and police authorities in Central America.

THE POSITION

The Project Manager will have overall responsibility for the delivery and reporting of the project in-country including implementation and monitoring of all project activities and oversight of financial management processes.

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

  • Produce a detailed work plan sequencing all activities and ensuring delivery of all activities on time, within budget.
  • Manage the implementation of project activities.
  • Ensure all project activities are properly documented according to JES policies and procedures.
  • Implement project evaluation and monitoring systems and assessment of project impact.
  • Coordinate work with international experts.
  • Manage all project funds according to JES accounting and finance policies and procedures.
  • Monitor and approve all project expenses and oversee financial reporting of project expenses.
  • Monitor project cash flow projections and report actual cash flow and variance to the Finance Director on a regular basis.
  • In consultation with the International Program Director, produce narrative reports in accordance with funder requirements.
  • In collaboration with the Finance Department, produce financial reports in accordance with funder requirements.
  • Ensure that all other funder contract responsibilities with respect to monitoring, reporting and evaluation activities are met.
  • Ensure that contracting and procurement processes conform to JES policies.
  • Liaise in the field with Global Affairs Canada (GAC), other relevant donors, institutional partners and other Ministries as necessary to ensure project delivery and impact.
  • Supervise project personnel in relation to delivery of the project.
  • Conduct performance appraisals of project personnel in accordance with JES procedures.
  • Coordinate the negotiation and supervision of sub-contracts and monitor for results.

THE PERSON

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Experience managing projects in challenging environments, preferably in Central America.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish.
  • Experience working in NGO projects with government funding.
  • Experience and competence in budgeting and financial management of multi-million dollar projects.
  • Familiarity and ability to work with results-based management (RBM) framework.
  • Experience in conducting relationships at senior levels, preferably with government institutions.
  • Excellent leadership, planning and organizational skills.
  • Ability to travel.

Preferred

Experience implementing capacity building projects in the area of justice and human rights.

Education

University degree in a relevant discipline such as law, sociology, business management, international development or equivalent professional experience.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send your cover letter and resume to jobs@justiceeducation.ca by April 20th, 2018.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 


 

Administrative Officer

Location: Vancouver, BC

Reports to: Executive Director

ABOUT THE JUSTICE EDUCATION SOCIETY (JES)

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, JES helps British Columbians learn about our justice system, address their legal issues, improve legal capability and access to justice. JES works with partners around the world to deliver practical, integrated and impactful projects that promote effective and accessible justice systems which are key to sustainable development, individual security and human rights. With extensive experience in designing and implementing international projects, our work has included a range of diverse projects on justice capacity building, the rule of law, citizen security, human rights, access to justice, gender-based violence, youth justice and public legal education. JES currently has programs in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Guyana, and works with national institutions to strengthen justice systems, and increase access to justice and citizen security. JES has offices in British Columbia, Guatemala, Honduras and Guyana and has diverse sources of funding including private donors and provincial, federal and overseas governments.

THE POSITION

The Administrative Officer is responsible for managing, organizing and coordinating administrative and office operations and procedures in order to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency. In addition to playing a crucial role supporting the leadership team, the Administrative Officer will also provide basic information technology support. S/he will assist in taking forward new initiatives and supporting projects as they arise.

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

Office and Administrative Support

  • Manage and coordinate administrative and office operations.
  • Develop and oversee administrative policies and recommend changes as appropriate.
  • Assist with program and board meetings, including logistics of organizing meetings and minute taking.
  • Implement, manage and maintain paper and electronic record keeping, confidential personnel files, purchasing and inventory control systems. Ensure JES is compliant with all applicable record-keeping requirements.
  • Maintain organizational calendars and coordinate all reporting requirements and funding applications for timely submission.
  • Assist with human resources management such as maintaining and updating policies and procedures and coordinating benefits administration.
  • Assist with recruitment processes, including advertising and interview scheduling as requested.
  • Responsible for the orientation and training of staff on office equipment, policies and procedures as well as office safety and security practices.
  • Assist with financial management including setting up and closing of credit cards, and bank accounts, and prepare reports on expenses of office and administrative budgets.
  • Prepare, collect and format information for internal and external distribution. This may include file correspondence, writing letters and memos, compiling data for reports, create presentations, write reports, edit, proofread and other information preparation duties.
  • Coordinate organizational health and safety (OH&S) program, including requirements, by maintaining OH&S competencies and incorporating safety and wellness practices in daily work.
  • Coordinate office security procedures, including emergency protocols, liaising with the court and building authorities and sheriffs as needed.
  • Organize special functions and social events.
  • Coordinate office equipment, maintenance and service contracts and systems.
  • Purchase computers, printers, supplies, and other equipment.
  • Anticipate office needs including the evaluation of new office products.
  • Support the senior leadership with coordination of schedules, expense reports, meetings, travels and accommodations.
  • Maintain a petty cash system and various budgets as required.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned.

Information Technology (IT) Support

  • Support onboarding of staff including setting up new users on JES file and email systems.
  • Ensure JES email lists are current.
  • Coordinate technology and telecommunications systems, including inventory of IT equipment.
  • Respond to and coordinate IT support requests in a timely manner, and communicate with senior IT support as needed.
  • Troubleshoot malfunction of office equipment and order maintenance when necessary.
  • Coordinate and support staff blog and online profiles.

THE PERSON

The ideal candidate will be resourceful and have the ability to work independently as well as within a team. The role is ideally suited to an individual who thrives in a dynamic and complex environment with a variety of tasks and challenges where accuracy and flexibility are imperative. Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion is essential for success in this position.

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Previous administrative experience and experience in designing, developing, maintaining administrative systems/procedures.
  • Strong time management and prioritization skills.
  • Highly organized and structured with creativity and problem-solving ability allowing a wide variety of activities to remain on track at the same time.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment with multiple tasks and projects at hand.
  • Able to organize and manage large amounts of files, tasks, schedules, and information.
  • Strong attention to detail and thoroughness with an ability to make sound judgements and be comfortable to make suggestions to peers, leadership team and across operational teams.
  • Self-directed and able to work without supervision.
  • Energetic and eager to tackle new projects and ideas.
  • Willingness to learn and to grow.
  • Superior computer and troubleshooting skills, including (but not limited to) Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel).

Education

Knowledge of administration, accounting, financial and human resources principles normally acquired through post-secondary studies in a related discipline or an equivalent combination of education and work experience

HOW TO APPLY

Please send your cover letter and resume to jobs@JusticeEducation.ca by April 20th, 2018.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 


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 Rick Craig at Rick.Craig(at)JusticeEducation.ca for more information.