Program Officer (Researcher)

The Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies is a group of member states, international organizations, global partnerships, and other partners committed to accelerating the delivery of the 2030 Agenda targets for peace, justice and inclusion (SDG16+).  The Pathfinders was co-founded and is currently being hosted by the New York University Center on International Cooperation (CIC).

Following the first SDG Summit in September 2019, the Pathfinders will promote national implementation of the SDG16+ targets, strengthen strategies and momentum at international and regional levels, and use grand challenges to promote justice for all, tackle exclusion and inequality, and prevent all forms of violence.

From 2020-2023, the grand challenge on justice will implement the recommendations of the Pathfinders’ Task Force on Justice, which published its final report at the 2019 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

During this new phase, we will implement the Task Force’s agenda for action at national and international levels, build an alliance of justice international and regional justice partners, and contribute to the movement that aims to deliver justice for all.

The Pathfinders is expanding its justice team through the recruitment of two Program Officers who will play a central role in shaping this new program of work. This is an opportunity to be part of a global initiative that aims to catalyze measurable changes in justice in people’s lives.


  • Contribute to research and writing to disseminate findings of the Justice for All report, to further develop and operationalize the agenda, to influence implementation of the recommendations, and collaborating with external researchers or organizations contracted.
  • Based on this research agenda, mobilize commitments to accelerate action on justice for all, including liaising with UN missions and contact persons in capital, following-up on development and implementation of commitments, and launching, publicizing and amplifying commitments.
  • Support the creation of the justice alliance and the development of relations with existing and new justice partners, including the organization of quarterly partner meetings and annual meetings at a more senior level.
  • Support the preparation, development and organization of the biennial meeting for Ministers of Justice and other justice leaders.
  • Manage the online and offline visibility of the justice program, through publications, blogs, social, media, and the website.
  • Complete other tasks as required.

Selection Criteria:                           

  • A minimum of 7 years’ work experience relevant to the SDG targets for justice for all
  • Required education: Minimum of MA/MS
  • Experience in research activities in a range of geographical contexts, including in the Global South
  • A background in research, analysis, and policy, with a track record of developing strategies, and/or publishing policy analysis and research
  • Solid understanding of the UN system and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • Basic experience with program development and monitoring tasks, such as proposal writing, budgeting, and indicator development
  • Fluency in English is required, along with outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated working level capability in a second UN language is preferable
  • Experience presenting research findings to senior audiences is encouraged, along with a range of communication skills (off and online media)
  • 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.

Deadline for applications is February 28, 2020.