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.

The program coordinator will be in charge of four new components or sub-programs  that will be developed in this last phase of the project:

  1. Ceasefire Program

Overwhelming evidence has demonstrated that crime in general and violence, is “concentrated in a small number of high-risk places, during high risk times, and generated by a small number of risky people” (Braga 2015). In support of this, it has been shown that the concentration of efforts towards a small number of places, people, and behaviors through evidence-based interventions can have substantial and long-lasting effects (in contrast, large-scale, comprehensive, or holistic programs have proven ineffective (Gravel et al. 2012 and Matjasko et al 2012).

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 pilot and rigorously evaluate a Ceasefire in Mexico City, with the objective to measure its impact.     

The objective is to proceed in two phases. The first phase will consist of a thorough pilot in which we carefully observe the development of crucial elements of the methodology and adapt it to the Mexican context, starting from a very clear mapping of the theory of change. After successfully piloting the program, the second phase will consist in the design and implementation the evaluation, with the aim to measure the impact.

  1. Community Policing

For the Community Policing model, we aim to design, implement and evaluate the Mexican model of police intervention with community collaboration, taking up the best national and international practices such as Problem Oriented Policing and Police proximity. This project will be implemented in Mexico City and 3 municipalities in different states of the Mexican Republic. The intervention will be evaluated in terms of process and adaptation in two cities and with an RCT for the other two cities

  1. Scale Up Procedural Justice

Finding positive results in Procedural Justice training, Mexico City's security ministry decided to scale up the model to the entire police force. The program coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the training of the academy's trainers and ensuring that the contents of the training are integrated into the curriculum in an appropriate way.

In addition, training will be held in 3 additional cities. Monitoring and evaluation will be carried out in the 4 cities in order to ensure the correct implementation of the contents.

  1. National training

In order to expand the knowledge of all 4 subprograms, a national training will be conducted for police trainers representing the state police of the 32 entities of the Mexican Republic. This massive training will require high coordination with local governments, with vetting for the financier and international logistics.

The Program Coordinator will work closely with the research team in IPA for each sub-program, with the methodological allies for the adaptations of the trainings and models and with the national and local government of different cities.

 

Responsibilities 
  • General program coordination.
  • Supervising the adaptation and translation of materials.
  • Capacity to travel when required and flexibility of schedules. 
  • Supervising timelines.
  • Take charge of the relationship with national and local government.
  • Coordination of different large teams and the research staff.   
  • Analyzing, designing and generating content.
  • Developing power point presentations, policies briefs, summaries and reports for allies and the Principal Investigator.
  • Coordinate the collaboration with the allies and maintaining a good collaboration between partners. 
  • Ensure the correct implementation of the 4 sub- programs and other assignments that could be needed.
  • Coordination with the evaluation teem. 
  • Overseeing and supporting field work supervising their security and deliverables. 
  • Carry out work that the Country representative or the PI indicates.
  • Hold high-level meetings.
  • Ensure a good relationship with funders thorough the deliverables and meetings to present the results.

Support in the planning and development of strategies. 

Qualifications 
  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, sociology, anthropology, social psychology, economics or similar. Specialization or training in security issues (master’s degree is a plus).
  • At least 5 years’ experience managing projects that involves several lines of work.
  • At least 3 years of experience working in crime prevention or security programs.
  • At least 2 years of experience working with police organizations.
  • Fluency in Spanish and proficient in English.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbally and written.
  • Ability to present programs, ideas, results and negotiate with senior officials.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, with strong administrative skills.
  • Outstanding attention to details that can influence the implementation of the programs.
  • Self-driven, intrinsically motivated.
  • Proven capacity to manage work independently and be responsive to time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Excellent computer proficiency (Google Drive – Docs, Spreadsheet and slides, MS Office – Word, Excel and Outlook).
  • Experience in elaborating and/or supervising surveys.
  • Basic experience in RCT´s.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage large teams in a holistic way keeping them motivated and supervising the quality of their work. 
  • Ability to deal with different stakeholders: providers, consultants, government, researchers, funders among others.

Mexican working visa is required.

Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application.  After completing a brief registration, choose the Finance and Operations job category, then select “Program Coordinator, Building Effective, Resilient, and Trusted Police Organizations in Mexico”. Applications require a statement of purpose (cover letter) and CV.

Given the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview

Given the volume of applications received, only shortlisted 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. 

Disclaimers 

Innovations for Poverty Action is an EO Employer-MF/Veteran/Disability. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected class. IPA will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact us at jobs@poverty-action.org or via phone at 1-203-772-2216. Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by the specified position. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary. Please note that IPA will never request any form of payment from an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. Please direct questions to jobs@poverty-action.org.

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