International Justice Mission

Project Manager, Program Design, Research and Evaluation Unit

Program Design & Evaluation
Position Type
Jobs | Regular Full-Time

The Need

The Program Design, Research and Evaluation Unit plays a vital role in IJM’s mission to protect the poor from violence. The Unit provides leadership, expertise, guidance, and technical support to IJM on program design, monitoring, evaluation, and research. Its core objectives are to design plausible and feasible programs; to design and lead high quality research; to provide leadership to IJM’s global DM&E staff; to provide essential guidance, process, and standards; and to disseminate IJM’s programming and research work to internal and external audiences.


IJM is seeking a qualified project management professional to augment the PDR&E Unit’s capacities to deliver on its objectives. The Project Manager will assume project management responsibility for the PDR&E Unit’s research capture, review, and approval work; policy, process, and guidance development work; and work in support of divisional and organizational processes. The Project Manager will contribute to the development, dissemination, and monitoring of PDR&E Unit policies, processes, and guidance; and will provide project management support to individual PDR&E Unit staff on their projects.


This position is based at IJM Headquarters in the Washington, DC area and reports to the Vice President of Program Design, Research and Evaluation. The position will require up to six weeks of travel per year.


Research portfolio management

  • Develop, design, establish, manage, and monitor processes to capture, review, and secure approval of research projects;
  • Ensure accurate and complete documentation and archival of all proposed research projects and of all research approval decisions;
  • Develop and maintain a dashboard on IJM’s research portfolio;
  • Ensure research process compliance with all internal IJM policies and any externally-mandated research compliance requirements; and
  • Train staff on relevant policies, processes, and compliance requirements.


Unit project management

  • Develop and implement a project management approach suited to collaborative knowledge work;
  • Develop, design, establish, and monitor processes to manage PDR&E Unit projects;
  • Ensure accurate and complete documentation and archival of all PDR&E Unit projects;
  • Develop, disseminate, and ensure proper use of project management templates, such as Statements of Work and Project Charters;
  • Develop and maintain PDR&E Unit project schedules, including an overall, multi-year Unit schedule;
  • Predict and communicate potential resource and schedule constraints across individual PDR&E Unit projects and the portfolio of PDR&E Unit projects;
  • Monitor and predict schedule and budget performance on individual PDR&E Unit projects and the portfolio of PDR&E Unit projects; and
  • Provide project management and implementation support to individual PDR&E Unit staff on select technical support projects.

Unit operations management

  • Manage the development of the PDR&E Unit work plan, in coordination with the Vice President;
  • Monitor and provide analysis of the PDR&E Unit work plan;
  • Manage the development of the PDR&E Unit budget, in coordination with the Senior Director;
  • Monitor and provide analysis of the PDR&E Unit budget; and  
  • Serve as PDR&E Unit lead on all divisional and organizational projects and processes.




Required Skills and Experience 

  • At least three years’ experience in formal project management roles; with exposure to and responsibility across all process groups, knowledge areas, and project lifecycle phases;
  • Project management experience in matrixed and other collaborative environments; in international and dispersed team settings; and in knowledge work settings;
  • Demonstrated experience of requirements gathering, scope definition, project governance, risk management, business process development, and stakeholder communication;
  • Demonstrated experience of developing and training on project management processes and resources;
  • Demonstrated experience of working with executive-level sponsors preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience of managing and predicting budget and schedule variance preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience of managing multiple constraints to ensure project success preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience of working with project management software suites preferred;
  • Experience of working in research, program design, or M&E preferred;
  • Project management credential (from PMI or other recognized body that offers project management training and credentials) or Master’s degree in any field that included a specific project management concentration preferred;
  • Fluency in written and oral English; fluency in Spanish a plus; and
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.

Critical Qualities

  • Mature orthodox Christian faith as defined by the Apostles’ Creed;
  • Meticulous attention to detail;
  • Effective team player;
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Exceptional motivational, negotiation, trust-building, and conflict management skills
  • Self-starter with strong initiative;
  • Proactive, creative problem-solver; and
  • Flexible and productive under pressure.


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