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International Justice Mission

Director of Investigations

International Justice Mission
La Paz, , Bolivia

Date Posted: 10/16/2006
Categories: Missions
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
Director of Investigations, Operational Field Presence (OFP)

The Mission

International Justice Mission (IJM) is a human rights organization that supports government authorities in rescuing victims of violence, sexual exploitation, slavery, and oppression, while holding perpetrators accountable for their crimes. IJM is composed of a multi-national team of law enforcement professionals, a highly qualified legal staff, and experienced social workers. The work of IJM has been featured on Dateline NBC, in Forbes, New York Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal and other media outlets.

The Need

The OFP Director of Investigations will be responsible for conducting and monitoring investigations of various forms of injustice within a targeted geographical scope. The Director of Investigations will liaise with local law enforcement officials to ensure that they intervene to rescue identified victims and arrest and charge the identified perpetrators.


Based on stated objectives, help to develop and then implement location-specific investigative strategies and tactics;
Enforce IJM HQ investigative protocols and propose additional locally-specific protocols;
Recruit, train, supervise and mentor an investigative team of approximately eight investigators as well as investigation interns and volunteers; and
Develop the leadership and management potential of key agents.

In consultation with the legal team, manage daily investigative operations, ensuring that projected activities, outputs and objectives are achieved;
Develop and manage a network of informants who can provide specific, credible information regarding cases of forced labor;
Develop and manage a network of operatives who can be mobilized to gather relevant information and evidence as directed;
Develop and cultivate working relationships with key enforcement authorities;
Develop and manage a full-time, in-house investigations unit that: gathers information from informants; directs operatives; gathers and analyzes evidence; presents such evidence to the police in a coherent and convincing manner; advocates for the police to take proper action; monitor such police action; and serve when appropriate as a witness to the crimes committed and perpetrator arrest;
Ensure that: IJM investigation team members have clearly defined job descriptions and performance objectives; agent performance is monitored; and appropriate job performance feedback is regularly provided;
Ensure that IJM and its agents comply with all IJM, government and donor requirements;
Ensure that concise but thorough written reports of all investigation team activities are timely provided;
Maintain detailed records of the offices work;
Evaluate all investigative outcomes;
Ensure the security of all investigative, legal and aftercare operations, reporting to the OFPD on security matters as they develop; and
Ensure continual communication with supervisor regarding the status of operations and challenges faced.

Fully understand the relevant laws and procedures regarding investigations, arrests and charging of perpetrators;
Advocate to government authorities for rescue of victims and perpetrator accountability and advise such authorities during enforcement actions;
Pursue proper arrest and charging of perpetrators;
Develop and continually modify a best practices investigations training manual and materials; and
Advise the aftercare team as to proper protection of victims and witnesses.

Develop and maintain strong relationships with relevant government leaders, local churches, NGOs and other relevant organizations; and
Host visits by IJM guests, teams, interns and volunteers.

Carry out other additional assignments given by the office Director; and
Maintain confidentiality of privileged and sensitive information.

Organization Information
Competitive salary, with medical, dental, and retirement benefits;
Complete relocation and other expatriate benefits;
Position reports directly to the OFP Director; and
Applications accepted until the position is filled.

Send Resume, Cover Letter & Statement of Faith*

By Mail:
International Justice Mission
Attn: Human Resources
PO Box 58147
Washington, DC 20037

By Fax:

By E-mail:

*What is a statement of faith?
A statement of faith should describe your Christian faith and how it is relevant to your involvement with IJM. The statement can either be incorporated into your cover letter or submitted as a separate document. It should include, at a minimum, a description of your spiritual disciplines (prayer, study, etc.) and your current fellowship or place of worship.

Required Skills and Experience
Mature orthodox Christian faith as defined by the Apostles Creed;
Fluency in English (written and oral);
Minimum of five years experience in criminal investigation with a public law enforcement agency, international human rights agency, public international agency, private investigative or security firm, or military or national security agency;
Minimum of three years successful management/team building experience;
Demonstrated interest in human rights and social justice; and
Prior Peace Corps, relief, legal, enforcement or other overseas work experience preferred.

Critical Qualities
Attention to detail and disciplined with priorities;
Strong service ethic and a passion for IJMs goals;
Patient; work well under stress;
Personable; sustained positive attitude;
Diplomatic and flexible;
Professional demeanor and written and oral communication;
Able to achieve goals in a cross-cultural and cross-religious setting; and
Effective team player and leader.

Relocation/Travel Requirements
This position requires full-time residence in the city of operations, with frequent travel to other parts of the host country and region.

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