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Program Lead, Mexico

Mexico (Mexico)

  • Organization: IDLO
  • Location: Mexico (Mexico)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-27

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Mexico has made significant efforts to modernize its justice and security system, and to strengthen the rule of law. Through constitutional reforms, institutional and regulatory changes, two processes have been developed to advance this objective. The first process is the transition from an inquisitorial to an accusatory system of justice that began with the 2008 Constitutional reform. The second is the implementation of the National Public Security System (SNSP). Both initiatives have deep implications at the federal, state and municipal levels, as they work to redesign the institutional architecture, rules, procedures, and methods, and also aim to change institutional culture and public expectations.

IDLO is committed and engaged with Mexican institutions to support the rule of law in Mexico by strengthening the capacity of police institutions in Mexico as they apply the police professionalization process as part of the country’s criminal justice system reform.

The project will focus on capacity development in three areas. First, there will be initial training for preventive police at the municipal level under the Professionalization Framework Program (PRP) and certification process to improve their competence and professionalism. Next, the project will enhance the knowledge and skills of first responders to improve their performance in the criminal process and therefore the quality of criminal justice. The third area will address the capacity of procedural police to consolidate the units at the state level to ensure adequate implementation of the criminal justice system.


Under the direct supervision of the Country Manager, the Program Manager is responsible for the following main duties:

1) Manage day to day program implementation, including: work planning, budget management, monitoring, and reporting, and ensure that all phases of the project are consistent with the project design and delivery schedule;

  • Monitor daily program implementation issues, including revisions to project design and work plans; make recommendations for timely and optimal course corrections;
  • Collaborate and communicate regularly with the IDLO HQ Finance Department and HQ program counterpart in order to build accurate financial forecasts, including reviewing financial reports and identifying in advance areas of over- or under-spending, and flagging any urgent budgetary issues;
  • Draft and provide inputs to annual and quarterly reports; coordinate the submission of financial and narrative reports; ensuring these are able to highlight the value and impact the program/activity brings;

2) Ensure program compliance with donor contract as well as quality standards

  • Ensure compliance with program contracts and subcontracts;
  • Conduct research on legal, political, social, and economic events, trends, and/or developments relating to the program; respond to internal and external requests for such research;
  • Ensure program deliverables meet quality standards and proactively seek input from relevant substantive internal experts;

3) Program Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Collaborate with the Evaluation Unit and liaise closely with the relevant Program team on the evaluation of programs;
  • Identify and report on timely manner any difficulty or possible change in the program strategy, objectives, results or activities, and make recommendations for timely and optimal course corrections;
  • Identify project and team successes and lead documentation for internal and external information sharing liaising closely with the Communications team.

4) Program Development and Program Representation

  • Generate ideas and identify new program opportunities; develop proposals or concept notes aimed at innovatively expanding IDLO’s program portfolio in line with country/regional/organizational strategies;
  • Responsible for design of implementation plans by means of standardized program cycle management tools, logic models and frameworks, work plans, monitoring reports, and others;
  • Build relationships and liaise with donors, beneficiaries, and other external stakeholders, including through face-to-face meetings and the preparation of reports and briefs.
  • Represent IDLO in program events, build relationships with donors, UN agencies, government institutions; CSO's and other stakeholders in the rule of law field;

5) Lead team, ensuring effective, efficient, results-based and timely delivery of activities and results;

  • Effectively lead the team by providing clear direction, addressing development, and performance management through ongoing dialogue, and mentoring; fostering a teamwork approach in meeting objectives and goals; address possible conflicts in a positive and constructive manner; encourage initiative and maintain effective working relationships within a multi-cultural setting;


Education and Work experience

  • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in Law, International Relations, social sciences or any other related field;
  • Minimum 8 years of relevant professional experience;
  • Previous experience in a similar program coordination role;
  • Proven experience in working and dealing with Government Departments, Ministries and high-level officials;
  • Knowledge and experience working with the public security sector in Mexico is an advantage.


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills both in Spanish and in English.

Specific knowledge, skills and competencies**

  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills;
  • Enthusiastic and proactive attitude in building partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders and driving results, including at the senior level;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral;
  • Ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines, flexibility and an entrepreneurial spirit;
  • Ability to manage a large team, delegate tasks effectively and follow up;
  • Ability to respond timely to queries and provide feedback;
  • Self-motivated and dynamic with a willingness and ability to use initiative to assist the organization to achieve its objectives and
  • Keen sense of ethics, integrity and commitment to IDLO's mandate.


For this internationally recruited Affiliate Professional position, IDLO shall offer the selected candidate an affiliate contract for 12 months, with possibility of extension, subject to performance and availability of funding.

IDLO shall offer a monthly basic salary of 7000 USD with a benefits package including provident fund, medical and mission insurance, leave entitlements in accordance with IDLO Employee Regulations and Rules. Relocation and Installation support is also available for internationally recruited employees.

The Program Manager will be required to render services in Mexico City but may be required to travel to other locations, as determined by the Supervisor.


All interested applicants are encouraged to apply via our website and submit the completed IDLO Personal History Form (PHF), resume and cover letter.

IDLO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in all areas of its operations. We welcome and encourage diverse applications.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Contractor assigned to this work. This may not be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.

The Director-General of IDLO reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities or even to cancel the recruitment to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.

Application deadline is 27 October 2020 (23:59hrs Rome time).

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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