Rule of Law Index - Research Fellow

World Justice Project
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    May 04

Position description

The World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index is seeking a full-time Research Fellow at the WJP’s office in Washington DC, to begin immediately. This is a one-year term position, with the possibility to extend or transition to a permanent staff role contingent upon funding.


Responsibilities: The Research Fellow will report directly to the Rule of Law Index Directors and provide crucial support for the Rule of Law Index team. The Research Fellow will assist with research and data analysis for projects on the status of the rule of law around the world. The main responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:


·        Support the primary data collection process for the General Population Poll (GPP) dataset in over 125 countries.

·        Assist with the management of on the ground sub-contracts with local polling companies, including drafting contracts and handling procurement of services;

·        Support day-to-day management of local polling companies, including reviewing GPP translations, survey scripts, and fieldwork notes; responding to logistical and methodological questions; conducting checks on pilot and final fieldwork data; and reviewing all final study deliverables;

·        Help with aspects of the data collection, analysis of the data, writing and design, and printing of the Rule of Law Index annual report series;

·        Contribute to the research, writing, and design for other country-specific reports on Afghanistan, Central America and the Caribbean, and Mexico, and for thematic research products on access to justice, criminal justice, and discrimination.

·        Assist in managing research consultants, including drafting contracts, payment processes, and general day-to-day administration.

·        Assist in managing projects and activities as they relate to alternative data collection efforts, data presentation, and data visualization;

·        Undertake rule of law research and analysis as necessary.


This position is open to graduates (B.A. or M.A.) with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA, with excellent attention to detail and superior research skills. International experience and foreign language skills are preferred. The ideal candidate will have completed coursework in international affairs, social sciences, journalism, economics, policy studies, regional studies, or pre-law. Successful applicants will have at least one year of relevant experience, and be bright, highly motivated individuals with a strong academic track record and an enthusiastic interest in the rule of law. The successful candidate will demonstrate the following skills and qualifications:

·        Superior research skills, sound analytical skills, and excellent attention to detail;

·        Strong writing, oral communications, and interpersonal skills;

·        The ability to communicate in a professional manner both in writing and over the phone;

·        The ability to manage large databases (strong skills in Microsoft Excel and Stata are a plus);

·        Foreign language skills (fluency in French or Portuguese are a plus);

·        Experience working in a fast-paced environment;

·        The ability to work independently as well as in group settings, the ability to manage his or her own workload, and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and work under deadline pressure.

·        Commitment to the WJP’s mission and principles

This position will remain open until filled. Due to the high volume of applications received, we are only able to follow up directly with candidates selected for interviews. No phone calls please.

Application instructions

Please email a cover letter, resume, a writing sample not exceeding 5 pages, and reference information (1-3 reference contact information, past supervisors and employers preferred) with subject line “LAST NAME, FIRST NAME – 2018 Research Fellow Application”. Please send all application documents at once.

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