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Lead, Law Enforcement Engagement


Who We Are

IJM is seeking a Lead, Law Enforcement Engagement to develop, execute, and lead support to local law enforcement officials and IJM partners investigating forced labour trafficking, helping to ensure victims are rescued and suspects are arrested and prosecuted. The individual will lead IJM’s law enforcement development strategies and activities, including training and curriculum development. The successful candidate will possess experience in criminal investigations and strong communication skills, be able to thrive in a dynamic environment, and be passionate about seeking justice. The position is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and may require travel within Malaysia and regionally. This position reports to the Field Office Director, Malaysia.

Key Result Areas

  • Train, develop, mentor, and provide expert consultation and problem analysis to law enforcement agencies combating forced labour trafficking in the project area.
  • Support IJM partners in case development, including by providing training and guidance on the implementation of IJM standards in case management and documentation.
  • Provide ongoing assessment of law enforcement anti-trafficking response, identifying gaps and opportunities for development, and build program development strategies accordingly.

Roles and Responsibilities

Leadership and Management

  • Work closely with IJM colleagues and partners in carefully planning for and supporting law enforcement to rescue victims and arrest perpetrators, ensuring effective coordination among IJM, partners, and government agencies;
  • Lead the IJM Malaysia team and partners to engage in the best case development techniques, encouraging cohesive teamwork and stewardship of IJM resources;
  • Ensure adequate staff safety, security and care measures are employed, in coordination with the Field Office Director and Regional Security Director;
  • Ensure that detailed records are maintained for all fieldwork and interventions, including consistent and comprehensive use of internal case tracking and management tools;
  • Increase the Malaysia team’s effectiveness, efficiency, and organization by developing, maintaining, and updating operating protocols and intervention strategies, as necessary;
  • Maintain communication with field office leadership on the status of cases; and
  • Ensure full implementation of IJM Malaysia grant obligations regarding law enforcement-related engagement and capacity building.

Strategy & Knowledge Development & Implementation

  • Assess law enforcement capacity to sustainably combat forced labour trafficking in Malaysia;
  • Develop and document a thorough understanding of Malaysian and other relevant laws and criminal procedures regarding investigations, arrests, search and seizure, and the charging of trafficking suspects;
  • Provide expert consultation, and monitor the improvement of law enforcement in combating forced labour trafficking;
  • Provide expertise and assistance to Malaysian law enforcement and NGO partners in case development;
  • Develop and maintain operational best practices in case development for IJM personnel and partners;
  • Contribute to justice system strengthening strategies, implementation and monitoring and evaluation; and
  • Serve as witness in cases supported by IJM, as necessary and appropriate.

Networking & Partnership

  • Maintain good working relationships, collaborate with and provide support to IJM partners in case management;
  • Liaise with local and international law enforcement agencies, and NGO partners as applicable, to advocate for proper action on referrals; and
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with key law enforcement stakeholders, specialized law enforcement team leaders, government officials, NGOs and other relevant organizations.

General Accounting & Statutory Compliance

Support development and management of the budget for case development and law enforcement capacity building activities, spending funds according to IJM’s budgetary and stewardship principles.

General tasks

  • Ensure compliance with all relevant laws, IJM policies and best practices;
  • Update and use IJM’s casework tracking systems and other data collection, monitoring and evaluation tools; and
  • Perform other related duties and tasks as assigned by the Field Office Director.


This position reports to the Field Office Director, Malaysia. No roles report to this position.

Education & Experience

  • Minimum 10 years of experience in criminal investigations with a public law enforcement agency in Malaysia;
  • Minimum 2 years of leadership and team-building experience;
  • Experience and understanding of human trafficking cases; and
  • Familiar with global law enforcement networks that combat human trafficking preferred.

Technical Competencies

  • Fluency in oral and written English and Bahasa Malaysia, exceptional written and verbal communication (can make complex, technical concepts easy to understand); and
  • Demonstrated interest in human rights and social justice.

Non-Technical Competencies

  • Resilient and works well under stress with a sustained positive attitude;
  • Proven ability to lead cross-culturally to achieve significant outcomes and impact;
  • Strong leadership, management and coaching ability with high level of emotional intelligence;
  • Ability to mitigate conflict or disagreement in a professional manner;
  • Professional, diplomatic, and mature in judgment and demeanor; and
  • Unfailing integrity and honesty.

Application Instructions

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications along with a completed IJM Job Application Form to flshub@ijm.org.

Applications should include:

  • A cover letter, explaining why you are interested and qualified for the position;
  • A curriculum vitae; and

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Director of Marketing and Public Relations
519.679.5030 x.229

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