Global Transitional Justice Initiative, Program Director

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Position Description

Through its transitional justice program, the Coalition leads a consortium of nine international organizational partners who, along with members of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, develop and implement a range of rapid response program activities utilizing both restorative and retributive approaches to justice and accountability for gross human rights violations.

The activities of the Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation include:

  • Truth-telling, reconciliation, memorialization, and other forms of historical memory;
  • Documenting human rights abuses for transitional justice purposes;
  • Forensic analysis and other efforts related to missing and disappeared persons;
  • Victims’ advocacy such as improving access to justice, psychosocial support and trauma mitigation activities;
  • Providing technical assistance to and building the capacity of civil society activists and organizations to promote and engage on transitional justice processes;
  • Ensuring gender justice in all of these processes; and
  • Reparative justice initiatives.

The Global Transitional Justice Initiative Program Director reports directly to the Senior Program Director: Global Transitional Justice Initiative. The position, based in New York City, requires domestic as well as international travel. This position requires a self-starter with proven experience in the field of transitional justice, who prioritizes working collaboratively and is committed to the Coalition’s vision for developing holistic, innovative and effective responses to the needs of both civil society and government in countries in transition. This is a grant-funded position.



  • Lead regional and thematic transitional justice workshops, trainings and field missions.
  • Design and implement workshop plans, trainings, seminars, in-country assessments and other activities in collaboration with project partners.
  • Lead the development of project proposals and budgets in collaboration with other team members and/or transitional justice program partners.
  • Develop and lead advocacy programs based on specific thematic and/or regional needs.
  • Prepare and present project briefs, reports, and donor cultivation and solicitation materials.



  • A Master’s Degree in the social sciences, law or related field with a strong transitional justice background
  • Five to seven years relevant non-profit experience in the field of transitional justice, peacebuilding or human rights
  • Minimum of three years experience in community-based workshop facilitation and training
  • Minimum of three years experience in field-based program management with specific expertise in developing civil society based initiatives in countries transitioning from conflict or authoritarian rule
  • Experience with grant reporting requirements and procedures. Familiarity with U.S. government-funded projects is a strong advantage
  • Highly motivated, organized, detail-oriented, and able to work effectively both independently and as part of a multinational, decentralized, and project-driven team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Fluency in French is required; working knowledge of Arabic is a strong advantage
  • Ability to travel internationally as of hire date is required
  • Flexibility, creativity, resourcefulness and commitment to the mission and vision of the Coalition’s Global Transitional Justice Initiative


Application Instructions

Position offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits. Interested candidates please send a cover letter indicating salary requirements along with a resume and one writing sample to with the subject line Program Director: Global Transitional Justice Initiative. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; early applicants are at an advantage.

No phone calls, please. Applications without salary requirements cannot be considered. Because of the number of applications for posted positions, the Coalition can respond only to candidates whose experience qualifies them for an interview.


Updated: February 14, 2017