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Sr. Manager, Advocacy and Partnerships, Andean Community

Colombia, Latin America

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 is seeking a Sr. Manager, Advocacy and Partnerships for the Andean Community Hub.

The Sr. Manager, Advocacy and Partnerships, (SMAP) will provide leadership to IJM’s Andean Community Hub programs in Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru in the areas of government engagement, policy advocacy and partner mobilization. The SMAP will equip IJM teams and civil society partners to execute advocacy strategies that aim to strengthen justice system responses to violence against women and children (VAWC), protecting the most vulnerable. The SMAP will guide and support IJM teams in conducting supporting research, mapping and connecting with key stakeholders, leveraging new and existing advocacy partners, and positioning IJM as a solutions-provider in building justice systems that protect women and children from everyday violence, and building coalitions.

This position is based in Bogota, Colombia, and reports to the Regional Vice President, Andean Community Hub.


  • In collaboration with Andean Hub colleagues and country level advocacy leaders, implement a regional advocacy strategy to advance efforts to combat VAWC and promote higher levels of government investment in justice system strengthening;
  • Contextualize and implement guidelines, best practices, and other processes related to advocacy and government engagement to support stronger capacity and effectiveness by IJM teams and partner NGOs;
  • Maintain awareness of the domestic political situation and relevant trends as well as regional and global geopolitical developments that may impact the prioritization of issues related to VAWC in program countries; propose corresponding adjustments to advocacy and government engagement strategies as needed;
  • Study, compile, analyze, and synthesize existing initiatives and theories of change within the Andean Community to reduce VAWC, and map IJM’s theory of change and program approach to identify potential areas of synergy and collaboration;
  • Develop and regularly update a mapping of regional level actors with capacity to influence VAWC policies and implementation in program countries. Establish and nurture collaborative relationships with strategic regional level professionals, organizations, and coalitions;
  • Represent IJM in coalition and stakeholder meetings, conferences, and workshops;
  • Prepare, contribute to and deliver speeches, presentations, media talking points, etc. for delivery yourself or by other IJM leaders on VAWC-related matters in various international meetings, conferences, etc;
  • Collaborate with the Lead, Media Relations, and the Graphic Designer for the Andean Community in the development of briefs, fact sheets, and other communication resources as necessary that articulate IJM’s approach, strategy and impacts;
  • Ensure knowledge sharing and lessons learned among IJM country projects, promoting avenues for shared learnings and collaboration; and
  • In collaboration with Andean Community program leaders, identify internal capacity building needs for IJM public engagement, government engagement, advocacy related staff; develop resources and training or mentoring plans to equip staff with necessary knowledge and skills.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies, Law, Human Rights, Organizational Communications or other relevant discipline required;
  • Master’s Degree in relevant field preferred;
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience successfully engaging with governments and civil society or private sector coalitions in the Andean Community to improve policies and implementation structures;
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience working on issues related to justice system strengthening, women and children’s protection, empowerment of vulnerable populations, or violence prevention;
  • Familiarity with regional government and civil society networks involved in human rights, violence prevention, and/or protection efforts;
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to make complex technical concepts easy to understand and present to large audiences; and
  • Professional fluency in oral and written English.

Critical Qualities:

  • Strong service ethic and passion to help people suffering from violence;
  • Organized, detail-oriented, and disciplined with priorities;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Patient, flexible, and persistent;
  • Unfailing integrity and honesty;
  • Professional, diplomatic, and mature in judgment and demeanor;
  • Able to work effectively and appropriately in a cross-cultural setting; and
  • Able to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.

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.

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.

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