Employment: Programme and Advocacy Coordinator

Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) seeks to employ a multi-skilled and committed individual as its Programme and Advocacy Coordinator to drive the effective implementation of certain project activities and coordinate the execution of advocacy to address social justice concerns.

Application Deadline: June 26, 2017
Projected Interview Period: July 7-11


Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) is a non-profit, non-partisan human rights and social justice organization that advocates for good governance, access to justice, and state accountability. JFJ works on behalf of victims to secure justice, conducts research on human rights issues, delivers training in communities, and engages in policy and legislative advocacy to advance social justice in Jamaica. JFJ works heavily on matters related to public security, the rights of children, and access to justice with vulnerable and marginalized groups.

The Programme and Advocacy Coordinator will be responsible for the effective implementation of various project activities, and will coordinate JFJ’s advocacy initiatives in collaboration with the Advocacy Team. The Programme and Advocacy Coordinator must be passionate about human rights and social justice issues and be fully able to work effectively in a fast-paced, non-profit environment.

Key Responsibilities

Programme and Advocacy Coordinator will be required to:

  • Implement project activities to achieve programmatic targets, including but not limited to:
    • Supporting internal planning and programme development activities
    • Coordinating and execute outreach and awareness-raising initiatives and events, including logistical arrangements where necessary
    • Supporting the execution of research on human rights, with special emphasis on child protection and juvenile justice
    • Conducting specific project reporting, monitoring and evaluation functions, as required, to ensure achievement of project targets
  • Coordinate advocacy activities to address human rights and social justice concerns, including but not limited to:
    • Supporting the collaborative development of advocacy strategies
    • Analyzing pertinent social justice issues, where necessary, with special emphasis on the welfare of children
    • Coordinating advocacy initiatives to address human rights and social justice issues, with special emphasis on the welfare of children.
    • Representing the organisation to relevant stakeholders where necessary
  • Participate in organizational activities, meetings, and internal planning exercises
  • Complete other related assignments as required

Required Competences

The Programme and Advocacy Coordinator must be fully committed to human rights, social justice and their attendant principles – without exception; be fully able to work with diverse, multicultural people; and be able to work independently, flexibly, and in a fast-paced and informal environment; and be willing and able to travel locally and possess:

  • At least a Bachelor’s Degree. Degrees in the social sciences, humanities, law, public policy, political science, and management are desired. A graduate degree is an asset.
  • Experience in any one of the following fields: program management or coordination; advocacy; communication; policy development; policy implementation; policy analysis; child rights; child protection; or monitoring and evaluation
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-management skills; ability to interact with diverse groups and to communicate effectively with multiple audiences,
  • Demonstrated commitment to advocating for social justice. Any experience with advocacy organizations, social movements, or child rights is an asset.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Full competence with ICT, including, but not limited to use of Microsoft Office Suite.

Application Instructions

Interested persons should submit the following to admin@jamaicansforjustice.org with subject “Programme and Advocacy Coordinator,” by June 26, 2017:

  • A letter of interest (required)
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) (required)
  • Optional: Any material relevant to past work, in any format

JFJ is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate. All individuals will be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.