Program Officer (Researcher), Task Force on Justice

New York University’s Center on International Cooperation (CIC) over two decades has built a reputation for its work on the links between politics, security, and sustainable development. We are a champion for the role that global institutions can play in fostering peaceful, just and inclusive societies.

In 2017-2018, CIC will support: (i) the Secretary-General’s reforms of the United Nations (peace and security, development and management tracks); (ii) the UN’s priorities for conflict prevention and sustaining peace, and the completion and dissemination of the joint UN-World Bank prevention study; (iii) the new way of working between humanitarian and development actors at country level and the 2018 Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration.

In addition to these priorities, CIC will continue to support the development of a multi-stakeholder partnership, the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies (see for the Pathfinders’ roadmap).

CIC seeks to engage practice-oriented researchers to contribute to CIC’s work on peaceful, just and inclusive societies, or its engagement in Pathfinder countries.

In particular, we are seeking a researcher to lead the Pathfinders ‘grand challenge’ on just societies. At the beginning of 2018, we will launch a Task Force on Justice which will be convened by ministers from Argentina, Netherlands, and Sierra Leone, as an initiative of the Pathfinders. The Task Force will address the following questions:

  • The justice gap. What do people need and want when they seek justice? What kind of justice do they receive?
  • Making the case. What is the case for action and investment in equal access to justice for all? What strategy is needed for financing equal access to justice for all?
  • What works. What strategies, tools and approaches will increase access to justice? How should those defending justice be supported and protected?
  • Call to action. What commitments should national and local actors make to closing the justice gap? How can international and regional cooperation support access to justice at national levels?

This is an opportunity to shape the global debate on delivering the SDG targets on access to justice and to encourage increasingly ambitious national commitments to implement these targets. We are seeking a researcher who will:

  • Lead research for the Task Force, developing a new synthesis of research and evidence for SDG16.3, working with our growing network of partner organizations.
  • Help Task Force members develop an evidence-based agenda for action for delivering SDG16.3.
  • Work with governments and partners to take action on justice ahead of and in the wake of the High-level Political Forum in 2019.
  • Support CIC’s associate director for the development of the program to manage research grants, donor relations, project staff, and consultants in relationship to the Task Force.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 5 years’ experience working on access to justice or rule of law at global, regional, or national levels
  • Required education: BA/BS or MA/MS (preferred)
  • A background in research, analysis, and policy, with a track record of developing strategies, and/or publishing policy analysis and research
  • Skills in developing issue-based networks and partnerships, including in the Global South
  • Relevant field/work experience in one or more of the current Pathfinder countries (or in similar countries not currently in the Pathfinder group)
  • Fluency in English is required, along with outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  • Fluency in more than one UN language strongly preferred.
  • New foreign graduates eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) are eligible to apply.

All applications must be submitted through NYU's online Interfolio portal. For further information and to submit an application, please follow this link.

Closing date for applications: December 15, 2017

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