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:

  1. The specific organizational capabilities and structural characteristics that are systematically proven to deliver better results (or questions of basic organizational design);
  2. 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);
  3. 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 Comprehensive Citizen Security Model (MISC) 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 4 municipalities in different states of Mexico.

Based on successful national and international practices, MISC is a police and community collaboration strategy that seeks to increase the perception of the effectiveness of police work and the level of trust in the relationship between citizens and police. In addition, it generates communication channels with citizens that promote the strengthening of police operation and internal organizational processes to systematically improve the way in which the police relate to citizens. To achieve this, the model includes the following lines of action:

  • Police training in the methodology of police and community collaboration, problem-solving, mediation and procedural justice to improve tools for interaction with citizens.
  • The implementation of the collaboration model between the police and citizens through neighborhood councils and door-to-door interactions to guide operation strategies towards community problems.
  • Generation of tools and processes that allow the systematization of information on interactions with citizens within the police institution.

The project requires strong project management skills to coordinate police training, on the ground project implementation 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.
  • Develop, adapt and translate project materials.
  • Plan and update project implementation timelines.
  • Coordinate effectively with government partners and other allies.
  • Coordinate personnel in different cities.
  • Proactively identify risks for the implementation and prepare mitigation proposals.
  • Organize and generate content.
  • Develop presentations, policy briefs, summaries and reports.
  • Coordinate meetings between partners.
  • Maintain a positive working relationship between project partners.  
  • Engage in daily communication with multiple actors in the partner municipalities.
  • Ensure the correct implementation of the intervention.
  • Coordinate with the evaluation team on the ground.
  • Oversee and support field work. 
  • Formulate security protocols and ensure team safety. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, public administration, sociology, law, international relations, political science, economics or similar (master’s degree is a plus).
  • At least 2 years of experience managing projects.
  • At least 2 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, Powerpoint and Outlook. Statistics programs are a plus. 
  • 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 with police organizations.
  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative analysis is desirable.
  • Tolerance to frustration and stress management.
  • Mexican working visa is required.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Willingness to relocate to Mexico City when public health conditions allow returning to the office, ability to work from home in the meantime.
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Finance and Operations job category, then select "Program Associate, Community Policing” and include resume, cover letter, transcripts, and two recommendation letters. Note that applications with incomplete submissions will not be considered.

You are able to submit your application before your references complete their recommendation letters; however, you must include their contact information before submitting your application. Given the volume of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

About IPA 

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. In recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence on which programs succeed is rare, and when evidence does exist, decision-makers often do not know about it. IPA exists to bring together leading researchers and these decision-makers to ensure that the evidence we create leads to tangible impact on the world. Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 575 leading academics to conduct over 650 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 


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