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Project Manager - Guatemala


Location: Guatemala City

Start Date: As soon as possible

Application deadline: Friday, November 24, 2017

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 https://international.justiceeducation.ca.

JES is about to begin a 4 to 4.5 year project in Guatemala working with the Public Prosecutor’s Office and financed by the government of Sweden. Phase 1 of the project, which addresses a number of areas of institutional strengthening, will start in October 2017 and involve working with experts and the Public Prosecutor’s Office to develop a detailed project plan and budget using Results Base Management models and techniques. This work will take place for a 5 month period. Phase 2 will involve the implementation of the project plan over a 3.5 to 4 year period. The project development phase will involve an examination of a range of project activities including work on ¨zero paper¨ initiatives, performance evaluation systems, health and welfare initiatives for prosecutors and investigators and initiatives to support indigenous populations and justice systems.



The Project Manager will be based in JES’ field office in Guatemala and will work closely with the international and operational offices of the Public Ministry engaged in the various areas of the project. He or she will also work closely with and have the support of JES international program staff based in Vancouver and with a number of technical experts. He or she will initially be supported by a small team of local staff in Guatemala which team will increase in size when the project moves into the implementation stage.



During Phase 1, the Project Manager will work with staff of the Public Ministry as well as experts and JES Guatemalan and Canadian staff to develop a finalized project plan. This will involve the organization of a series of detailed diagnostic visits of subject matter experts in order to establish clear set of project objectives covering each area of the project as well as a logic model, performance management framework, budget, narrative description and work plan for each specific area of project work. The project design will be submitted for approval to the Public Ministry of Guatemala and the government of Sweden.

During phase 2, starting in the spring of 2018, the Project Manager will have overall responsibility for the delivery, evaluation and reporting of the project in-country including implementation and monitoring of all project activities, oversight of financial management processes and liaison with in-country stakeholders. The Project Manager will also ensure that strong, mutually respectful relationships and open communication are established with key Guatemalan partners and stakeholders as well as monitoring and reporting on the external political, economic and social environment in-country.


During phase 2, the Project Manager will:

  • Produce an annual project plan in consultation with senior management
  • Produce a detailed work plan sequencing all activities and ensuring delivery of all activities on time, within budget and to an appropriate quality
  • Manage the implementation of project activities in coordination with Senior Management
  • Ensure all project activities are properly documented according to JES policies and procedures
  • Coordinate with Senior Management to implement project evaluation and monitoring systems and assessment of project impact
  • Coordinate work with international experts when deployed in-country
  • 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 manager on a regular basis
  • In consultation with the International Program Director produce narrative reports in accordance with funder requirements
  • In consultation with the International Finance Manager and International Operations Manager, 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 GAC, other relevant donors, institutional partners and other Ministries as necessary to ensure project delivery and impact
  • Supervise all in–country project personnel in relation to delivery of the project
  • Conduct performance appraisals of in–country project personnel in accordance with JES procedures
  • Coordinate the negotiation and supervision of all in-country sub-contracts and monitor for results



University Degree or Professional qualification in Law, Business Management, International Development or other relevant field or equivalent experience


Experience, knowledge and skills


  • Experience and knowledge of project management in challenging environments, preferably in Central America
  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Experience working in NGO projects with government funding
  • Familiarity and ability to work with Results Based Management frameworks
  • Experience and competence in budgeting and financial oversight of multi-million dollar projects
  • Experience in conducting relationships at senior levels, preferably with government institutions
  • Knowledge of change management initiatives preferably in a ICT environment



  • Knowledge of criminal justice institutions


Personal characteristics

The Project Manager should demonstrate a track record of most of the following:

  • Understanding ethical behaviour and business practices, and ensuring that their own behaviour and that of others is consistent with these standards and the values of the organisation
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing and using a variety of communication tools and techniques
  • Developing new ways to improve operations
  • Working cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions
  • Positively influencing others to achieve results that are in the best interests of the organization.
  • Making clear decisions which are timely, in the best interests of the organization and take into account appropriate risks and priorities
  • Setting priorities and monitoring progress towards goals
  • Problem solving and the ability properly to assess, analyse and develop appropriate solutions to the problem



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


How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please send your cover letter and resume to jobs@justiceeducation.ca. We thank all candidates who apply; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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.