Senior Program Officer (Researcher): Justice for All, Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

NYU Center on International Cooperation
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Aug 01

Position description

For more than two decades, the Center on International Cooperation (CIC) has been a leader in applied policy that links politics, security, justice, development, and humanitarian issues. The CIC co-founded and currently hosts the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, a multi-stakeholder partnership that brings together 43 UN member states, international organizations, civil society, and the private sector to accelerate 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. The program also functions as the secretariat to the Justice Action Coalition, a high-ambition coalition of 18 countries and 12 organizations, committed to 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 most at risk of being left behind.

CIC, as part of NYU, is at the heart of a leading research university that spans the globe. We seek researchers and policy experts of the highest caliber, who embody the diversity of the global society in which we live. We strongly encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, and other individuals who are under-represented in the profession, across color, creed, race, ethnic and national origin, physical ability, gender and sexual identity, or any other legally protected basis.

Position Summary

CIC is seeking a Researcher (Senior Program Officer) who will be part of the Justice for All Program within the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies.  The Senior Program Officer is expected to work independently, make substantive contributions on the knowledge and research development on people-centered justice. The Senior Program Officer is also expected to work independently to provide thought leadership and partner with multiple stakeholders including Ministries of Justice, multilateral organizations, international development agencies and civil society to develop a strong global movement and accelerated national action on people-centered justice.


  • Provide data-driven and evidence-based policy analysis and thought leadership on people-centered justice, under strategic direction of the Program Director, 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.
  • Work closely with the Program Director to fund raise, 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, and campaigners.

Special focus on international partnerships and 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.
  • Strengthen and further develop the relations and linkages with existing and new justice partners, especially from the global south to maximize our collective ability to help deliver measurable increase in justice.
  • Based on the shared strategy for justice for all, reach informal agreements with core partners on their priorities and areas where they can contribute based on their comparative advantage.
  • Identify and take forward avenues of collaboration between Pathfinders and large multilateral organizations such as the World Bank, UNDP, UN Women, the African Union, the European Union and IDLO etc and work with them to strengthen the contribution of their programs to justice outcomes for people.
  • Work with partners to reshape the justice sector at the global level so that it can support transformational change through smarter financing strategies, better use of evidence and data, a greater commitment to innovation, and increased learning between countries.
  • 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 global, regional and national discussions and planning on people-centered justice.


Required Education

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field with a minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience. A Bachelor’s degree might be acceptable with additional years of relevant experience

Required Experience

  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience.
  • 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, or national and international justice partners and their tools and instruments.  
  • Experience with program management, building partnerships, developing grant proposals and resource mobilization.

Preferred Experience  

  • Fluency in another UN language strongly preferred. Other non-UN languages considered an asset.

Application Instructions

Please include a cover letter, resume, and a writing / publication sample with your application. 

Application instructions


You will be an employee of New York University, with access to an excellent, comprehensive benefits package including generous paid time off and retirement contributions. 

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