Senior Program Officer, Pathfinders for Justice - National Action

New York University, Center on International Cooperation
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Dec 23

Position description

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. Our work aims to address systemic injustices and long-standing inequalities, as well as individual justice problems disproportionately faced by communities that are marginalized. 

About the role

CIC is seeking two Senior Program Officers to support its work on the Pathfinders for Justice program. This post is for the Senior Program Officer National Action, who will focus particularly on promoting action for justice for all at the national level in countries around the world, by raising political ambition and playing a catalytic role in the development of national strategies and plans for people-centered justice. 

The senior program officers will be part of the justice team within the Pathfinders and will work under supervision of the Program Lead, Justice for All. The senior program officer will:

  • Provide data-driven and evidence-based policy analysis and thought leadership on people-centered justice, under strategic direction of the Program Lead, and make significant and constructive independent contributions to the Justice for All program.

  • 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.

  • Design, develop and finalize publications on Justice for All and people-centered justice and proactive communication about the program’s work through blogs, social media, and other channels.

  • Present strategies, ideas and findings on Justice for All and people-centered justice in meetings with partners and other external interlocutors and at events and conferences.

Special focus on promoting national action:

  • Work with governments and other national actors to explore innovative strategies to implement SDG16.3 and related targets. Act as a catalyst to national processes, applying an iterative approach focused on driving results and empowering national actors. 

  • Partner with national justice leaders, using data and evidence to understand the justice gap and people’s most common justice problems. Support strategy development and decision making, through accelerator or transformation labs, or tailored support as requested.

  • Broker relationships with international, regional, and thematic justice partners, engage directly with national representatives of international partners and identify technical experts and funders to enable successful national action.

  • Develop guidance and other knowledge products on accelerating action to inform national discussions and planning.

Other tasks:

  • Work closely with the Program Lead to manage grants and donor relations, contribute substantially to annual planning process, budgeting and grant reporting.

  • Maintain effective communications with counterparts, including but not limited to the UN, international organizations, foundations, other partner organizations, justice innovators, business leaders, and campaigners.  

  • Complete other tasks as required.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • A proven track record in 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.

  • A strong interest in data, evidence and learning on providing equal access to justice for all and a good knowledge of existing policy debates. Experience in leading and/or contributing substantively to complex policy and research processes.

  • Knowledge of the SDGs, the international community in New York, national justice leaders, national and international justice partners and their tools and instruments.  

  • Experience with program management, building partnerships, developing grant proposals and resource mobilization. 

  • Strong organizational skills, including organizing large-scale high-level events and managing deliverables under tight deadlines.

  • Skills in developing issue-based networks and partnerships, including in the Global South.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and representational skills.

  • Fluency in English is required, along with outstanding written and oral communication skills. Fluency in another UN language strongly preferred. Other non-UN languages considered an asset.

  • A professional attitude, a team-player, working respectfully and productively with colleagues, with a positive approach and a growth mindset.

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field with a minimum of 10 years of professional experience.

  • Given the current composition of the team, people from Asia, Africa and Latin America are particularly encouraged to apply. 

  • We value diversity of perspective and especially encourage persons that belong to minority and/or marginalized groups to apply. 

Application instructions

Please submit at

  • A cover letter (1-2 pages) with background and relevant experience
  • A CV/resume
  • A writing sample

Please note only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.