Associate Director, Homicide Reduction and Citizen Security- Latin America Program

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 24

Position description

Associate Director, Homicide Reduction and Citizen Security- Latin America Program. Rio de Janeiro. Posting Date: 01/29/2020. Deadline: 02/21/2020

Do you want to help make the world a better place with your experience in reducing homicides and effective, rights-respecting citizen security and criminal justice policies? We're seeking an Associate Director for the Latin America Program's Homicide Reduction and Citizen Security strategy based in Bogotá, Mexico City or Rio de Janeiro.

The Open Society Foundations' Latin America Program (LAP) addresses rights and governance issues in Latin America and the Caribbean primarily through grant making, advocacy, and network-building. We focus on supporting Latin American and Caribbean efforts to reform democratic institutions in ways that make them more open and responsive to citizens, realizing human rights, and reducing homicides in a region with extremely high levels of violence.

Through the homicide reduction portfolio, we aim to spur collaboration of local or state governments with civil society to adopt and implement homicide reduction initiatives in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Venezuela. In the citizen security and justice portfolio, we support civil society organizations working closely with law enforcement and public safety officials to carry out reforms, while responding more effectively to public pressure for hard-line policies.

As Associate Director at Open Society, you will:

  • Lead strategy and budget development for the Latin America Program's homicide reduction and citizen security goals and be responsible for making progress towards these goals, including through effective execution of the portfolios' budgets
  • Lead or co-lead the implementation of either the citizen security or homicide reduction portfolio, including the review and assessment of narrative and financial information of grantees and write grant recommendations;
  • Assess the organizational capacity of potential grantees and provide feedback to develop grant proposals;
  • Monitor grants and maintain regular contact with grantees, contractors, and other stakeholders, including regular onsite visits to grantee organizations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean;
  • Provide strategic support and feedback to grantees and allies involved in advocacy and occasionally engage in direct advocacy;
  • Encourage collaboration and strategic alliances among organizations and fields with related goals, constituencies, and interests, cultivating and facilitating effective and coordinated engagement of OSF programs working in key priority countries.
  • Supervise two program officers and other program staff


What we are looking for:

  • Seven to ten years of progressively responsible experience working in a relevant field;
  • Knowledge of current issues and actors related to violence reduction, especially homicide reduction; policing and security sector reform; drug policy; organized crime and illicit markets; and the design, implementation and evaluation of public safety and criminal justice policies in Latin America;
  • Prior work within governmental or nongovernmental organizations in Latin America or the Caribbean;
  • Experience advancing social change strategies, including through advocacy, public policy and political processes;
  • Demonstrated people management experience and ability to communicate clear expectations, set performance objectives, and provide regular and timely performance feedback;
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese, with excellent written and spoken English.


What we offer:

  • Ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual professional development allowances to onsite trainings and brown bag lunches with visiting experts;
  • With some variability according to location, benefits include generous time off, flexible work arrangements, private medical coverage, generous retirement savings plan, progressive paid parental leave, reproductive and family planning support, sabbatical opportunities, and much more ;
  • A commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that enables everyone to bring their full self to work and make a positive impact on the world.


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If this sounds like the position you have been looking for, please submit a cover letter and CV; we look forward to learning more about you.

Competitive rates of pay apply.

We aim to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the populations we support, and actively seek applications from those who are marginalized and underrepresented. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and colleagues with disabilities.
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