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 three components or sub-programs.
- 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).
The ceasefire strategy seeks to reduce homicides, increasing the certainty, speed, and severity of punishment in an innovative way: interacting with gang members by focusing the effort on the entire group, communicating incentives in case of compliance, and clear consequences in criminal activity cases.
Principal Investigator Rodrigo Canales worked on adapting the methodology to the Mexican context by conducting co-design sessions with the Ministry of Citizen Security (SSC) of Mexico City; the follow-up and support in the adaptation, design, implementation, and evaluation of the strategy is the responsibility of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the advice of the California Partnership for Safe Communities (CPSC), an organization with extensive experience in reducing of homicides in cities like Oakland and Stockton.
- Community Policing
As part of this project, the aim is to rigorously design, implement and evaluate the Comprehensive Citizen Security Model (MISC) in four cities in 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 to generating communication channels with citizens that allow strengthening the 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 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.
This model will be evaluated in a city by means of a random control trial (RCT) and will be divided into quantitative and qualitative.
- National training and scale up
As part of the project, an RCT of the Procedural Justice training for the Mexico City Police was carried out. Finding positive results in the training, the Ministry of Citizen Security of Mexico City decided to expand the model to the entire police force. The position includes ensuring effective coaching training for police officers from the University of Police.
In addition, in order to broaden the scope and knowledge of the project, national training will be held for 160 police trainers representing the 32 entities of Mexico. This training will require content development, planning, execution, and evaluation, as well as
high coordination with local governments. The coordinator will work closely with the IPA operations team to ensure that the processes and protocols are followed.
The coordinator will work in collaboration with the country director, the evaluation team and the principal investigator. The coordinator will need to generate a work plan and recruit the necessary personnel to ensure the correct execution of the initiatives. He or she will be responsible for communications with local governments for the coordination of implementation in the different cities. The coordinator will work closely with the IPA area of operations to ensure that institutional processes and protocols are carried out.
The position requires to be responsible for carrying out a variety of tasks that include, but are not limited to:
coordination meetings between members of the organizations involved in the project, analysis and systematization of information, supervision and documentation of information, follow-up and monitoring of meeting agreements, preparation of presentations, activity reports and preparation of implementation proposals, among other activities.
- Coordination of the implementation of the three components.
- Generation and adaptation of materials to local contexts.
- Preparation and supervision of timelines.
- Preparation and supervision of budgets.
- Effective coordination with government partners and other allies.
- Coordination and recruitment of personnel in different cities.
- Preparation and presentation of presentations for high-level meetings.
- Preparation of technical notes, summaries, minutes and reports.
- Coordination between the IPA evaluation team and government partners.
- Identification of risks for the implementation and preparation of mitigation proposals.
- Preparation of reports requested by the funder.
- Adaptation of materials to the local context.
- Attention to requests from the principal investigator and the director of IPA.
- Studies: Bachelor's degree in public policy, international relations, public administration, law or economics. Master's degree.
- Written and verbal fluency in English and Spanish.
- At least 5 years of experience in project management and managing multidisciplinary teams.
- At least 3 years of experience working on government projects ideally on security issues.
- Excellent attention to detail to carry out the effective implementation of the project.
- Ability to present programs, ideas, results and negotiate with senior officials.
- Exceptional organizational skills, with strong administrative skills.
- Proven ability to independently manage work and respond to urgent deadlines.
- Excellent computer skills (Google Drive –Docs, spreadsheet and slides, MS Office –Word, Excel and Outlook).
- Proven ability to manage large teams by keeping them motivated and monitoring the quality of their work.
- General knowledge about qualitative and quantitative impact evaluation.
- Ability to deal with different stakeholders: suppliers, consultants, government, researchers, funders, among others.
- Resilience and creativity in the face of unexpected program changes.
- Excellent stress and frustration management in changing scenarios.
- Proactive and purposeful attitude.
- A Mexican work visa is required.
- Flexibility to receive training immediately.
Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Finance and Admin job category, then select “Program Coordinator/Manager, 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
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