Criminal Justice Program Assistant

World Justice Project
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Mar 21

Position description

The World Justice Project’s (WJP) research team is seeking a full-time Program Assistant in the WJP’s office in Washington, DC to assist with its thematic research projects that explore criminal justice and rule of law topics. This is a current vacancy, with an immediate start. 

Responsibilities: The Program Assistant will report directly to Amy Gryskiewicz, Rule of Law Index Director, and will provide crucial support for the WJP’s criminal justice work, including the Afghanistan Justice Sector Survey. The Program Assistant may also 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: 

  • Assist with the day-to-day administration criminal justice research projects, including the Afghanistan Justice Sector Survey. This includes liaising with representatives of our partner organizations, maintaining project records, and tracking data collection efforts;
  • Assist with the drafting and copyediting of survey instruments targeting users of the criminal justice system, including detainees;
  • Contribute to the research, analysis, writing, and design of reports on criminal justice topics, including the WJP’s annual Rule of Law in Afghanistan series;
  • Assist with the drafting and copyediting of Request for Proposals (RFPs), brief concept notes, and internal summary documents;
  • Process and track invoices received for payment to polling partners and other vendors;
  • Conduct research related to criminal justice systems around the world, criminal justice performance measurement approaches, and other topics as needed;
  • Provide general programmatic support, including research, editing and proofreading documents and presentations, assisting with team calendar management, and coordinating logistics for travel and meetings;
  • 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 superior research, analytical, and organizational skills. Candidates should possess strong writing, oral communications, and interpersonal skills.  The ideal candidate will have completed coursework in regional studies (South Asia or Latin America), criminal justice, international affairs, criminology, social sciences, journalism, pre-law, or related field. . The successful candidate will demonstrate the following skills and qualifications: 

  • Prior professional or academic research experience focused on criminal justice systems or the evaluation of criminal justice systems;
  • Experience or knowledge of survey methodology and design;
  • Strong professional writing, research, and communication skills;
  • Experience working with quantitative survey data is preferred. This includes data cleaning, validation, analysis, and visualization; 
  • The ability to manage large databases (strong skills in Microsoft Excel required; experience with and knowledge of STATA, SPSS, R, or other statistical analysis software is a plus);
  • English fluency is required; fluency in an additional language (including Spanish or Dari) is a plus;
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, multicultural 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 (

Application instructions

Please email a cover letter, resume, a writing sample not exceeding 5 pages, and reference information (1-3 references with contact information; past supervisors and employers preferred) to [email protected] with subject line “LAST NAME, FIRST NAME – Criminal Justice Program Assistant 2019 Application”. Please send all application documents at once, preferably in one PDF file. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 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.

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