Central America Project Manager | Justice Education Society of BC

June 1, 2015

The Justice Education Society of BC (JES) is a Canadian non–profit public legal education organization with over 25 years of experience. Its mission is to build strong communities by promoting the understanding of, access to, and confidence in justice systems both in Canada and internationally. With extensive experience in designing and implementing international projects, the Society’s work has included a range of diverse projects on justice system capacity building, rule of law, citizen security, human rights, access to justice, gender-based violence, youth justice and public legal education.

JES is currently recruiting for a Central America Project Manager for two upcoming projects funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) on strengthening justice reform and the rule of law in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Panama. The successful candidate will be based in Vancouver, BC and supervise staff in Vancouver and Central America. This is a full time position for up to 24 months, with the possibility of renewal to manage other projects in the future.

The Central America Project Manager will have overall responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the two projects and will report to the JES Executive Director. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Planning, implementation, monitoring and progress reporting to complete successfully the projects on time and within budget
  • Forecasting, budgeting, and financial reporting in accordance with funding agreements, working with the Financial Manager
  • Communicating and coordinating with stakeholders to build effective partnerships and support for the projects and ensure synergies
  • Leading multi-tasking teams in a dynamic and constructive fashion
  • Supervising and coordinating the work of all project staff, resources and expertise
  • Managing human resources, including selection, evaluation and growth
  • Identifying and monitoring the evolution of political and social issues that affect current projects and sharing this information with the staff team, funders and the board, when appropriate
  • Handling all procurement services required by the projects
  • Building local stakeholders’ capacity to design and integrate functional changes, manage skills and knowledge acquired, evaluate impacts and maintain sustainability beyond the project life

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of four (4) years of project management experience in over $1 million, multi-year international development projects, preferably in the justice system or related sector
  • Experience managing projects in Latin America (preferably Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador or Panama)
  • Minimum of six (6) years of experience working for non-profit organizations on international development projects:

o Experience in delivering technical assistance

o Experience in using Results-based management (RBM)

o Experience working with national government institutions, civil society organizations and/or donors

o Experience recruiting local or international short term consultants

o Experience providing institutional capacity to local or national governments

  • Master’s degree in project management, international development, law, human rights, social sciences, business administration, or equivalent professional experience
  • Experience in Microsoft Office, and remote office management and communication tools or aps

Required Competencies:

  • Proven budgeting and project management skills
  • Excellent administration and organizational skills, including ability to prioritize tasks, handle multiple initiatives, attention to detail and working with deadlines
  • Proven analytical and problem solving skills
  • Proven ability to lead a multiple task-orientated staff in remote office settings
  • Proven ability as a supportive and constructive team leader
  • Ability to travel to Central America for 1-2 week intervals a minimum of four times per year
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated capacity to work in partnership with different cultural groups
  • Experience in business development and funding applications
  • Ability to work and communicate fluently in oral and written Spanish and English
  • Willing and able to work occasionally beyond the statutory hours at short notice, and be contactable outside office hours

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience in cultivating and maintaining relationships with DFATD and other donors
  • Experience in adult education and curriculum development
  • Experience in implementing capacity building projects, preferably in the area of justice and human rights
  • Experience integrating gender equality principles into project components
  • Experience in developing new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities

Salary is commensurate with experience and includes benefits. This recruitment is open until June 1, 2015, for a July 15 start date. Please send your resume and cover letter with salary expectations to For more information, visit

We thank all applicants, however only those being shortlisted will be contacted. No phone calls or emails please.