Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Special Assistant to the Chief Research Officer Position with the World Justice Project for May or Recent Grad


Position description

The World Justice Project (WJP) is seeking a full-time Special Assistant to the Chief Research Officer, to work in the WJP's office in Washington DC. The Special Assistant will serve as the right-hand assistant to the Chief Research Officer, providing primary support for his management, external relations, fundraising, core research, and administrative functions.

The Special Assistant will also assist with research projects on the status of the rule of law around the world; candidates can expect to spend half their time supporting the Chief Research Officer and half their time supporting the research team with programmatic work. The successful candidate will play a critical role in a growing, entrepreneurial non-profit working to advance the rule of law as the foundation for communities of equity, opportunity, and peace. WJP's global research and data team operates out its Washington, DC office, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position is currently remote.

About the World Justice Project (WJP)

WJP works to advance the rule of law through a multidisciplinary approach involving original research, data collection, and analysis as well as engagement and support of an active and global network of policy-makers and reformers. Its Rule of Law Index is the leading source of primary data on the rule of law and has been cited by heads of state, chief justices, business leaders, and public officials, including in coverage by more than 2,500 media outlets worldwide. Founded in 2009, WJP has offices in Washington, DC, Seattle, WA, Mexico City, and Singapore. For more information, visit


The main responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide research, analysis, writing, and design support to the Chief Research Officer for task related to the production of the WJP's portfolio of global, thematic, and country-specific reports;
  • Provide administrative support to the Chief Research Officer, including correspondence, scheduling, filing, travel arrangements, logistics and event planning, preparation of briefing materials, and expense reporting;
  • Provide support for WJP's external relations, including preparation, editing, proofreading, and mailing of outreach materials;
  • Provide support for the WJP's development and fundraising functions, including conducting research and drafting correspondence, concept notes, and proposals;
  • Provide research, analysis, and writing support for scholarly articles, blog posts, constituent newsletters, presentations, and speeches on rule of law topics;
  • Assisting with the copyediting, report writing, data checks, and production of other WJP publications as needed;
  • Represent WJP with external audiences and at briefings, meetings, and events;
  • Other duties as necessary.


This position is open to graduates (B.A. or M.A.) with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA, with excellent attention to detail and superior research, writing, and problem-solving 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 record and an enthusiastic interest in the rule of law. The successful candidate will also demonstrate the following skills and qualifications:

  • Superior research, analytical, and organizational skills and excellent attention to detail;
  • Excellent writing, oral communications, and interpersonal skills;
  • The ability to communicate in a professional manner in writing, over the phone, and in person, including with senior professionals and dignitaries;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (especially Excel), with preference given to those with prior experience managing large databases;
  • Fluency in Spanish strongly preferred;
  • The ability to work independently as well as in group settings, the ability to manage their own workload, and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and work under deadline pressure;
  • Understanding of rule of law and governance issues in global contexts;
  • Highly dependable with the ability to work in a team-oriented environment;
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.
Apply on the WJP jobs page.