World Justice Project (WJP)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 08

Position description

The World Justice Project (WJP) is seeking a full-time Researcher to work in the WJP's office in Washington, DC. The WJP is looking for experienced researchers with the capacity to produce, publish, and communicate innovative, world-class research, with a strong desire to influence a global rule of law policy agenda. Specifically, we are looking to hire an experienced researcher who can lead teams or work independently in collaboration with other researchers to deliver high-quality, cutting-edge research on a wide range of topics related to governance and rule of law. The ideal candidate will be a doctoral or post-doctoral candidate have superior research and analytical skills, experience with survey research and analysis methods, and a deep understanding of the rule of law in global contexts. 

Responsibilities: The main responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Research, analysis, and operational work related to the production of the WJP's portfolio of global, thematic, and country-specific reports;
  • Conducting analyses on the WJP's original rule of law data and produce research papers or memos based on these analyses; 
  • Writing reports summarizing the key findings and policy implications of the available data about justice systems around the world;
  • Other duties as necessary.


The ideal candidate will have completed some coursework in statistics and quantitative methods, be comfortable with statistical concepts, and have experience writing and presenting scientific reports. A key dimension of this role will be to translate and communicate WJP data into accessible narrative accounts of key findings and their policy implications, thus equally drawing on a broad range of skills developed in the social sciences. 

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following skills and qualifications:


  • PhD in economics, political science, public policy or social sciences;
  • Project management and research design experience, including quantitative methodologies;
  • Experience with quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies; 
  • Excellent investigative, research, and analysis skills;
  • Excellent, communication, writing, and oral presentation skills in English language;
  • Experience working with think tanks, civil society organizations and/or government; 
  • Willingness to travel periodically, including overseas.
  • A passion for research and policy work 


  • Knowledge of statistical programs, such as Stata, R, Python, MATLAB, SPSS;
  • Understanding of rule of law issues in global contexts;
  • Experience with program evaluation, including interviews and quantitative analysis; 
  • Ability to speak and write in a language other than English.

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