World Justice Project
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Full Time

The World Justice Project's (WJP) Rule of Law Index team is seeking a full-time Program Assistant to work in the WJP's office in Washington DC. This is a current vacancy, with an immediate start.

Responsibilities: The Program Assistant will report directly to the Rule of Law Index Co-Director and will provide crucial support for the Rule of Law Index team. The Program Assistant will assist with research and data analysis, and other long-term projects on the status of the rule of law in different countries as well as on the mechanisms by which the rule of law operates and affects economic and political life. This position will focus primarily on supporting the production of country reports. The main responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Contribute to the data analysis, research, writing, editing and design of the World Justice Project's Rule of Law Index graphical country reports and other WJP publications;
  • Support the production of country briefs addressing various factors that affect the rule of law, including the production of a graphical report analyzing and summarizing the data collected in a new corruption module;
  • Support projects and activities as they relate to alternative data collection efforts, data presentation, and data visualization, including working with the team's designers to produce data visualizations and infographics;
  • Work closely with the team's Program Associate and designer to automate processes within design software applications to maximize efficiency when creating data-driven tables, charts, and graphs;
  • Contribute to the research, analysis, writing, and design of the WJP's Rule of Law Index annual report series;
  • Support other areas of the WJP's Rule of Law Index such as the survey creation, data collection, management of contributors, and management of online data collection platforms and CRM databases;
  • Provide general programmatic support, including research, editing and proofreading documents and presentations, assisting with Index calendar management, and coordinating logistics for travel and meetings;
  • Assist with the training of the Rule of Law Index interns;
  • Undertake rule of law research and analysis as necessary.

Qualifications: This position is open to graduates (B.A.), with excellent attention to detail and strong writing and research skills. International experience and foreign language skills are preferred. The ideal candidate will have completed coursework in international affairs, social sciences, journalism, economics, policy studies, regional studies, or pre-law.

Successful applicants will have at least one year of relevant experience, and be bright, highly dependable, and motivated with a strong academic track record and an enthusiastic interest in the rule of law. The successful candidate will demonstrate the following skills and qualifications:

  • Experience working on reports;
  • Experience working with quantitative survey data is preferred. This includes data cleaning, validation, analysis, and visualization;
  • Strong professional writing, research, and communication skills;
  • Experience in CRM database management, online survey software and IT platforms, and Microsoft Office;
  • Experience with or knowledge of survey methodology and design;
  • 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);
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, multicultural environment;
  • English fluency is required; fluency in an additional language (including Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic or Russian) is a plus;
  • 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 (

Physical Requirements

While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is frequently required to use finger dexterity as well as sufficient hand dexterity to use a computer keyboard and be capable of reading a computer screen. Also, the employee may need to remain seated for long periods of time, have the ability to perform repetitive motions, grasp objects, including a writing instrument, stand, communicate verbally and hear well enough to detect nuances and receive detailed information. The employee may be required to walk, push or pull objects, bend, squat, reach, or kneel. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision for extensive reading and data analysis. WJP is committed to making reasonable accommodations to support employment of people with disabilities.

Working Conditions

The work conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing this job. The employee typically works indoors in a heated and air-conditioned office, with a mixture of natural, incandescent and fluorescent light with low to moderate noise levels.

How to Apply: The World Justice Project is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity. To apply, please visit WJP's employment portal: Please include the following documents along with your application (in one PDF file):

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample (five pages maximum)
  • Contact information for three professional references (past supervisors and employers preferred)

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. This position will remain open until October 31, 2021. 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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