Program Associate, Justice for All

New York University’s Center on International Cooperation (CIC) has built a reputation over two decades for its work on the links between politics, security, and sustainable development. CIC co-founded and hosts the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies. The Pathfinders is a group of UN member states, international organizations, global partnerships, civil society, and private sector actors working to accelerate the delivery of the SDG targets for peace, justice and inclusion (SDG16+).

The Pathfinders for Justice Program was created to implement the recommendations set out by the Task Force on Justice in the Justice for All report. The program implements the agenda for action at the international level, promotes measurable improvements in justice in countries from all regions and income groups, and brings justice partners together behind a new movement for closing the justice gap. Central priorities are to strengthen political and financial support for people-centered justice and build networks for action at the national, regional, and global level.

Pathfinders is seeking to hire a Researcher (Program Associate) for the Pathfinders for Justice program. This role will work closely with the Pathfinders team and CIC staff. It is a unique opportunity to be part of a global policy research initiative with the potential for meaningful impact in people’s lives. Our work aims to address systemic injustices and long-standing inequalities, as well as individual justice problems disproportionately faced by communities that are marginalized. The successful candidate will contribute to the development of original research, managing projects, and ensure the seamless execution of the Pathfinder’s Justice for All research agenda.


  • Contribute to all phases of the research process (design, execution, analysis, and writing) for Pathfinders for Justice reports, publications, and events, including but not limited to running scans of existing literature, distilling summaries of books and papers, suggesting new evidence sources, and examining linkages across research fields.

  • Research and write blogs, newsletter items, and website content to promote key findings from Pathfinders’ policy research and recommendations; vetting research and publications prior to distribution through promotion on social media and in other communications activities.

  • Support the Pathfinders for Justice program and research agenda, working within the team for policy research initiatives, including event preparation through the preparation of policy briefs and background research; attend and identify and report on key findings on meetings relevant to Pathfinders, ensuring appropriate representation of the Pathfinders

  • Assist the Program Lead and the rest of the justice team with researching, scheduling, organizing, and executing substantive, research-based, policy-related meetings, events, and conference calls, taking substantive notes and drafting substantive summaries, invitations, and agendas, managing grants and donor relations including substantive discussions, planning, budgeting, and substantive grant reporting.

  • Help organize events, retreats, and meetings to support the program and broader campaign and research priorities; take notes and draft summaries, invitations, and agendas where necessary.

  • Assist in managing logistics of the research program, by making travel arrangements, contracting and liaising with translators, printers, photographers and other external service providers.

  • Maintain and update internal processes and systems.


Required Education

  • Bachelor Degree (Master's Degree Preferred)

Required Experience

Minimum of 1-2 years of relevant work experience

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of or experience with areas covered by the SDG16+ targets for peaceful, just, and inclusive societies, or knowledge/experience of the implementation of other Sustainable Development Goals, or knowledge/experience of the United Nations system or national and international justice policy and implementation, national and international justice partners and their tools and instruments.  
  • Good organizational, logistics, and project management skills, including administrative management
  • Good oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in managing research related tasks and/or events execution.
  • Proven ability to prioritize a wide range of assignments and consistently deliver at a high level of quality in high pressure, fast-paced environments;
  • Fluency in English is required, along with excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A professional attitude, a team-player, working respectfully and productively with colleagues, with a positive approach and a growth mindset.
  • Interest in taking on a wide range of research and office tasks essential to executing the Pathfinders for Justice program.
  • Proven ability to prioritize a wide range of assignments and consistently deliver at a high level of quality in high pressure, fast-paced environments.
  • Smart with many different types of software and other professional tools, including with Microsoft Office.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities  

  • Interest, and preferably experience, with delivering people-centered justice services and/or implementing people-centered approaches to justice domestically or internationally and an understanding of justice that aligns with the vision presented in the Justice for All report.
  • Fluency in another UN language strongly preferred. Other non-UN languages considered an asset.

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