The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) assists countries and societies pursuing accountability for past mass atrocity or human rights abuse. The Center works with societies emerging from repressive rule or armed conflict, as well as in established democracies where historical injustices or systemic abuses remain unresolved. The ICTJ is committed to building local capacity and generally strengthening the emerging field of transitional justice, and works closely with organizations and experts around the world to do so.

Founded in 2001 with a mission to promote justice and reconciliation, the ICTJ is a dynamic international human rights organization. In less than eight years, it has grown to a staff of nearly 125 working in more than thirty countries around the world


The Security Sector Reform (SSR) Program of the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) promotes a “justice-sensitive” approach to SSR to prevent the recurrence of human rights violations, to promote social reconstruction, and to build the rule of law in countries emerging from conflict or authoritarian rule. The Director will need to operate effectively at the intersection between the fields of human rights and SSR to promote reciprocal learning and an accountability-based approach to improving both the legitimacy and the efficacy of security institutions.

The SSR Program assists governments, international organizations and civil society organizations around the world with security sector reform. The Program also supports the United Nations, in particular its Department of Peacekeeping Operations, to develop policies, procedures, and training tools. ICTJ also trains UN personnel and provides advice on justice-sensitive SSR to UN peace operations on the ground.

The Director is a member of ICTJ’s management structure, supervises the Center’s SSR Program, and reports to the Director of Thematic Programs of the ICTJ.


ICTJ seeks a director to lead a staff team in developing a strategic vision for justice-sensitive security sector reform and integrating that plan into the larger institution. The director will oversee the design and implementation of all in-country SSR projects and will be the central contact for regional and thematic staff at ICTJ regarding SSR. Together with the SSR staff, the Director will continue to build a network of partners globally in the transitional justice and security sector reform communities.

The Director will also oversee the development of a fundraising plan for the program and be willing to approach potential funders on behalf of the ICTJ’s SSR work.

The Director’s responsibilities Include:


• Manage the SSR Program.
• Represent the SSR Program in ICTJ’s management structure.
• Build and oversee a global team of 5-10 staff.
• Maintain productive working relationships with the regional and thematic directors of the ICTJ.
• Supervise consultants.

• Lead the development of the Program’s strategic vision and workplan.
• Oversee the design and implementation of all in-country SSR projects.
• Direct the process of conceptualizing justice-sensitive SSR and supervise the design and implementation of all SSR research projects.

• Oversee the design of the Program’s fundraising plan.
• Conduct fundraising activities for the Program and maintain contacts with relevant donors.
• Oversee the drafting of grant applications and grant reports.

• Continue to build a network of partners in the TJ and SSR communities.
• Cultivate relationships with implementing partners, including multi-lateral organizations, especially the UN, governments, and civil society groups.
• Encourage and facilitate exchanges/conversation between the SSR community and the human rights/transitional justice community.
• Conduct regular travel to countries of engagement for project supervision.
• Represent the ICTJ SSR program externally.


To direct its SSR Program, ICTJ seeks a candidate with:

Education: An MA degree or equivalent in international relations, law, political science or related field.

Experience: Familiarity with and commitment to issues of security, human rights, law, public policy and international affairs. A minimum of 5 years of relevant international experience involving senior management responsibilities.

Skills and Attributes:
• Experience in project and program management.
• Capacity to interact effectively in both the human rights and SSR communities.
• Familiarity with fundraising.
• Professional level English language skills.
• Proficiency in French highly desirable; Spanish also a plus.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Collegial leader with the ability to work with a globally diverse team
• Ability to multi-task.
• Strong analytical and organizational skills.
• Ability to work quickly under pressure and adhere to strict deadlines.
• Sense of humor.


ICTJ seeks exceptional candidates and offers competitive compensation and generous employer-paid benefits. ICTJ will pay reasonable relocation expenses. ICTJ endeavors to attract and retain a diverse, international staff.

Submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, an unedited writing sample and contact information for three references by June 30, 2008 to: Sharlene Williams, Human Resources Manager, ICTJ. E-mail:

Director, Program on Security Sector Reform
International Center for Transitional Justice
Location: New York, NY, USA
Last Date: June 30, 2008


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