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Specialist, Violence Against Women and Children, Andean Community

Colombia, Latin America, Peru, Bolivia

Who We Are

International Justice Mission (IJM) is the global leader in protecting vulnerable people from violence around the world. Our global team of over 1,200 professionals are at work in 33 offices. Together, we are catalyzing a global revolution that will rescue millions, protect half a billion, and make justice unstoppable.

Motivated by God’s call to seek justice for the oppressed, we believe that the way we work is as important as the results we achieve. We are a global community that cares for one another. We value joy and celebration, and we strive to provide professional excellence to all those we serve.

The Need

After almost 25 years of continued growth and operational success in pioneering the work of protecting those who are experiencing poverty from violence, IJM has become a $100+ million organization. As IJM continues this trajectory of growth and scaling of its impact, with the Vision to protect 500 million people by the year 2030, IJM’s Andean Community program is seeking a Specialist, Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC).

The Specialist, VAWC, will play an integral role in positioning IJM as a thought leader in the field of combatting and preventing VAWC and generating protection for victims of this type of violence. This will include networking with key local, regional and global institutions that are implementing and supporting initiatives to combat VAWC within the Andean Region (particularly Bolivia, Colombia and Peru) and developing initiatives, research and data analysis that promote IJM’s Theory of Change and approach to protection and violence prevention. As a subject matter expert, the VAWC Specialist will advise and advocate with government and regional agencies to support and promote victim-centered, trauma-informed policies and approaches to protecting women and children from violence.

This position is open to candidates from Bogota, Colombia, Lima, Peru and La Paz, Bolivia. This position reports to the Vice President of the Andean Community.


  • Lead IJM’s engagement in thought leadership in the Andean Community. Work with country offices and key global and regional actors to ensure key actors and partners view IJM as a credible leader in the movement to combat VAWC;
  • Lead the creation of VAWC products and services to enhance and accelerate programming and a set of contextualized tools to communicate IJM’s response to VAWC;
  • Empower country offices in the Andean community to enhance their approaches through access to tools, connections, research and other resources;
  • Identify opportunities for new innovations to accelerate IJM’s progress to protecting people in poverty from VAWC;
  • Develop strong, collaborative and respectful partnerships with key regional agents of change, including international cooperation agencies, civil society partners, think tanks and other thought leaders;
  • Promote regional strategic policy, advocacy, and technical dialogue with the goal of strengthening the response to VAWC and child or victim protection;
  • In collaboration with the Senior Manager, Advocacy and Partnerships, for the Andean Community, develop white papers and policy recommendations for governments and other regional agents of change that strengthen justice system performance and promote victim-centered approaches to protection;
  • Advise IJM country project teams on the development of training and capacity-building curriculum and relevant teaching materials, ensuring the inclusion of victim-centered best practices in combatting VAWC. As needed, develop and lead training modules on victim-centered and trauma-informed protection against VAWC;
  • Use the latest research and data analysis on VAWC trends and international best practices to inform and advise integrated and effective national and regional responses to VAWC; and,
  • Provide technical advice for country-level project implementation to ensure alignment with regional and global standards on prevention and response to VAWC.


  • Advanced degree (Master’s, PhD, etc.) in sociology, women’s studies, human rights, law, international development, or related field;
  • At least 7 years of experience on VAW or VAC prevention, protection and/or response programming and coordination, of which 3 years were at the international level;
  • Experience in providing policy advice to government agencies;
  • Strong track record of thought leadership, including publications, policy recommendations and research;
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English and Spanish;
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office applications; and
  • Proven strong written and verbal communication.

Critical Qualities:

  • Passionate about the pursuit of justice in the Andean Community;
  • Initiative and sound judgment;
  • Ability to work in a diverse and complex environment, with people of different socio-cultural backgrounds;
  • Strong collaborative partner to peers, thinks organization wide;
  • Embraces change, drives innovation, bold; and
  • Action oriented.

Additional Information:

This role does not provide an international expatriate benefits package therefore it is open for nationals or residents who have the legal capacity to live and work in Bogota, Colombia; La Paz, Bolivia; or Lima, Perú.

This position requires occasional travel to Latin America, United States, or other regions; candidates must demonstrate their ability to fulfill legal and health requirements to travel to those countries. Travel may last up to approximately 2 weeks at a time.

Only those candidates who meet the requirements for the position will be contacted.


Send your Resume and Cover Letter in a single document to the following email address: latamrecruitment@ijm.org

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