Program Associate

Innovations for Poverty Action, Mexico

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
27th September, 2019

Job Description

Crime, violence, and a weak rule of law jointly present some of the most pressing issues for Latin America. They affect citizen behavior and relations at every level of society, so these shortcomings impose a significant cost on the economy and constitute a severe threat to economic development and political stability. The program “Building Effective, Resilient, and Trusted Police Organizations in Mexico” seeks to explore how to design local police forces in Mexico (and Latin America more broadly) that can rise to the challenge of reducing violence, increasing institutional legitimacy and trust in institutions, and strengthening the rule of law. The project thus focuses on three sets of questions:

The specific organizational capabilities and structural characteristics that are systematically proven to deliver better results (or questions of basic organizational design);
The process and sequence through which these organizational capabilities should be incorporated into new or existing police organizations (or questions of organizational construction and change);
How, given an organizational design, police organizations can build citizen engagement, participation, and trust through their protocols, practices, and interactions with citizens (or questions of the enactment of practices). This includes an understanding of how police organizations in Mexico should implement evidence-based interventions that have been proven to effectively reduce violence.
Community Policing Program

Under the academic leadership of Rodrigo Canales, Associate Professor at the Yale School of Management, and in collaboration with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), we aim to design, implement and evaluate the Mexican model of police intervention with community collaboration, taking up the best national and international practices such as Problem Oriented Policing and Community Policing. This project will be implemented in Mexico City and 3 municipalities in different states of the Mexican Republic.

The project requires strong project management skills to coordinate police training and work meetings between police and citizens simultaneously in several cities. The coordinator also needs to be able to work as a team with methodological partners who are experts in the field and local governments. especially for the creation and adaptation of the model to the Mexican context and logistics to achieve the objectives of the project


  • General program coordination.
  • Adaptation of materials.
  • Translation of materials.
  • Capacity to travel to USA when required.
  • Elaborating and updating timelines.
  • Reporting to the Ministry and IPA on a regular basis.
  • Coordination of a big team working in different cities.
  • Organizing and generating content.
  • Developing power point presentations, policies briefs, summaries and reports.
  • Coordinate meetings between partners.
  • Maintaining a good collaboration between partners.
  • Ensure the correct implementation of the intervention.
  • Coordination with the evaluation teem.
  • Overseeing and supporting field work.
  • Elaborating security protocols and ensuring the team safety.


  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, sociology, anthropology, social psychology, economics or similar (master´s degree is a plus)
  • At least 2 years’ experience managing projects.
  • At least 3 years of experience working in crime prevention or security programs.
  • Fluency in Spanish and proficient in English.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbally and written, including the ability to present ideas and negotiate with senior officials.
  • Analytical and strategic vision.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, with strong administrative skills and outstanding attention to detail.
  • Self-driven, intrinsically motivated; proven capacity to manage work independently, multitask and be responsive to time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Excellent computer proficiency: Google Drive – Docs, Spreadsheet and slides, MS Office – Word, Excel and Outlook. Statistics programs are desired.
  • Ability to carry out assignments with limited supervision; enforce timelines and deliver high-quality work.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage big and diverse teams.
  • Ability to deal with different stakeholders: providers, consultants, government, researchers.
  • Experience in police organizations.
  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative analysis is desirable.
  • Frustration tolerance and stress management.


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