Job: Global Transitional Justice Program Director

Global Transitional Justice Program Director

The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (the Coalition) is a worldwide network of places of memory such as museums, memorials, historic sites and memory initiatives dedicated to remembering past struggles for justice and addressing their contemporary legacies. The Coalition provides member sites with direct funding for civic engagement programs, organizes learning exchanges ranging from one-on-one collaborations to international conferences, and conducts strategic advocacy for sites and the Sites of Conscience movement. The Coalition includes more than 200 member sites in 55 countries with total annual visitors in the tens of millions. For more information please visit

The Coalition is seeking a Global Transitional Justice Program Director to provide direction for all projects developed under the Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation. Through this initiative, the Coalition leads a consortium of nine international organizational partners who, along with members of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, develop and implement a range of rapid response program activities utilizing both restorative and retributive approaches to justice and accountability for gross human rights violations.

The activities of the Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation include:

  • Truth-telling, reconciliation, memorialization, and other forms of historical memory;
  • Documenting human rights abuses for transitional justice purposes;
  • Forensic analysis and other efforts related to missing and disappeared persons;
  • Victims’ advocacy such as improving access to justice, psychosocial support and trauma mitigation activities;
  • Providing technical assistance to and building the capacity of civil society activists and organizations to promote and engage on transitional justice processes;
  • Ensuring gender justice in all of these processes; and
  • Reparative justice initiatives.

The Global Transitional Justice Program Director reports directly to the Coalition’s Executive Director. The position is based at the Coalition’s secretariat in New York City and requires domestic as well as international travel. This position requires a self-starter with proven experience in the field of transitional justice, who prioritizes working collaboratively and is committed to the Coalition’s vision for developing holistic, innovative and effective responses to the needs of both civil society and government in countries in transition. This is currently an eighteen-month contract position with the possibility for renewal beyond that timeframe.

Specific responsibilities

  • Initiate and oversee the collaborative development, implementation and evaluation of global transitional justice initiatives in response to requests for proposals as well as in the form of pro-active proposals to meet emerging needs in countries in transition
    • Manage the ten-member consortium of highly experienced and engaged international partners
    • Supervise and foster the professional development of two Global Transitional Justice team members
  • Oversee the legal, financial and administrative aspects of the Coalition’s Global Transitional Justice Program, working in collaboration with the Transitional Justice team members, legal counsel, and the Finance and Administrative Manager
  • Collaborate with the Director of Institutional Advancement to ensure all financial and programmatic grant requirements are met
  • Collaborate with the Coalition’s Global Networks Program team to ensure member Sites are aware of and engaging with Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation activities and to support the development of network activities in regions in transition, including Africa, Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa


  • Five to seven years relevant transitional justice experience required
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s (or higher) preferred
  • Deep knowledge of international relations, human rights, and memorialization as a component of transitional justice
  • Extensive experience in field-based program management in a non-profit environment with specific expertise in developing civil society based initiatives in countries transitioning from conflict or authoritarian rule
  • Experience with grant reporting requirements and procedures
  • Highly motivated, organized, detail-oriented, and able to work effectively both independently and as part of a multinational, decentralized, and project-driven team
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Written and verbal fluency in English with knowledge of Spanish, Arabic or French a strong advantage
  • Flexibility, creativity, resourcefulness and commitment to the mission and vision of the Coalition’s Global Transitional Justice Program

Application Process

Please send an email that includes your resume and cover letter indicating salary requirements along with one writing sample to by January 15, 2015. Please include Global Transitional Justice Program Director in the subject line.

Applications without salary requirements cannot be considered.

Please note that because of the high volume of submissions received for each position posting, the Coalition is able to respond only to those candidates who will be invited to move forward in the search process.