Back Gender Specialist Consultant, USAID PROJUST, Mexico

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 01 August 2017

Project Summary:

The Promoting Justice Project (PROJUST) is a 5-year initiative funded by USAID, whose objective is to provide customized direct and indirect support at the state and national levels for the final push towards the June 2016 Constitutional Criminal Justice Reform (CJR) deadline for full transition to the New Criminal Justice System (NCJS), in implementation since 2008. This support will contribute to broader USG and GoM efforts to mitigate conflict, reduce impunity, and promote a more transparent and efficient justice system in Mexico. The project is organized into five tasks: Advance Legislative Reform; Increase Prosecutorial & Judicial Effectiveness; Increase Public Support for the NCJS; Strengthen Analytic & Quality Control Capabilities of Targeted Justice Institutions; and Increase Access to Justice & Improve Victims’ Assistance.

Place of assignment:
Mexico City. Mexican nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Summary:
PROJUST focuses on incorporating a gender perspective into all areas of NCJS implementation the project supports. For this upcoming year, PROJUST is seeking qualified Gender Specialists to work as consultants for anticipated capacity building activities. The Gender Specialist consultant will utilize a PROJUST-developed training program to provide justice sector operators with tools to process and analyze cases with a gendered perspective. This position may also work on developing, revising, and/or adapting a capacity-building guide for operators in the NCJS. The emphasis of this guide is gender and its relationship with the oral, accusatory system and gender issues in the criminal justice system. The consultant may also provide training to justice sector operators and counterparts on gender issues. Please note that the frequency and subject areas of training courses implemented by PROJUST will vary depending on counterpart capacity building needs throughout the upcoming year.


  • Development of concepts and materials about gender to be included in a trainer’s manual, as part of a basic course on gender, aimed at operators of the oral, accusatory criminal justice system.
  • Revision and/or adaptation of a PROJUST-developed training guide on gender.
  • Preparation and development of work sessions with operators to analyze cases with a gendered perspective and include this theme in the training programs.
  • Preparation and delivery of capacity building sessions on gender.
  • Provide follow up to justice sector operators and counterparts on capacity building provided.


  • At least five years of working experience in areas related to gender and LGBTI issues, preferably in the justice sector and/or NCJS in Mexico.
  • Strong familiarity and understanding of the Mexican justice sector and cultural context.
  • Knowledge of themes on gender relevant to the National Criminal Procedure Code which regulates the accusatory penal procedure, with the aim of mainstreaming gender.
  • B.A. Degree in a social sciences subject field, such as law, public administration, women’s issues, etc. required. A master’s or law degree is preferred.
  • Fluency in Spanish required and excellent communication and writing to be able to write report and communicate with justice sector counterparts. Proficient English communication skills helpful.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office required.
  • Strong research and presentation skills preferred.
  • Collaborative and team player attitude required.
  • Ability to work under pressure and short deadlines required.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

MSI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer.

This vacancy is archived.

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