Global Transitional Justice Initiative, Program Director


Position Description

Through its transitional justice program, the Coalition leads the Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation – 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.



  • Develop and lead regional and thematic transitional justice workshops, trainings and field missions;
  • Lead the development of project proposals and budgets in collaboration with other team members and/or transitional justice program partners;
  • Develop, implement and monitor transitional justice projects, in collaboration with Consortium partners and the program team;
  • Facilitate the development of programs by Consortium partners;
  • Collaborate with the Finance and Administrative Manager on maintaining expense reports, tracking spending based on project activity and monitoring funding levels for projects;
  • Prepare and present project briefs, activity reports, and donor cultivation and solicitation materials;
  • Compile program activity information and assist the Institutional Development team in drafting reports to donors;
  • Work with the Senior Program Manager, Compliance and Program Liaison and Development Assistant to review and report on program projects for ease of submission of quarterly narrative and financial reports;
  • Ensure compliance of spending and coordinate payment activities with the Compliance and Program Liaison;
  • Collaborate with the communications team to develop organizational and program materials;
  • Prepare and manage logistics for project-related activities.



  • 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 five years experience in field-based program management with specific expertise in developing civil society based initiatives in countries transitioning from conflict or authoritarian rule
  • Minimum of five years experience in field-based human rights documentation efforts
  • Minimum of three years experience in community-based workshop facilitation and training
  • Experience with grant reporting requirements and procedures. Familiarity with US government-funded projects and similar consortia 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 or 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 Process

Please send an email that includes your resume and cover letter indicating salary requirements along with one writing sample to by September 7, 2018. Please include Global Transitional Justice Initiative, Program Director in the subject line.

Applications without salary requirements cannot be considered.

Please note that because of the high volume of submissions received for each position posting, the Coalition is able to respond only to those candidates who will be invited to move forward in the search process.