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Deputy Director (based in Geneva, Switzerland)

In recognition of the fundamental principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) is dedicated to protecting the basic legal rights of ordinary citizens in developing countries. Specifically, IBJ works to guarantee all citizens the right to competent legal representation, the right to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment, and the right to a fair trial.

IBJ seeks an entrepreneurial, flexible leader able to work with the CEO and senior staff to implement the organization’s vision. This individual must be able to develop and maintain the organizational structure while leading the organization’s expansion.  Desirable personal traits include flexibility, creativity, cultural sensitivity, pragmatism, maturity and a sense of humor. The Deputy Director will work out of the organization headquarters located in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Deputy Director reports directly to the CEO of IBJ and will assist the CEO in devising and implementing all legal programming. The Deputy Director will be responsible for the planning, content and outcomes of programming, particularly in respect to leading the development of legal programming, providing strong legal expertise and experience. The Deputy Director will be responsible for devising and carrying out IBJ’s strategies and supporting the CEO with other duties, as required. The Deputy Director will also have the following responsibilities:

  • Working closely with the Founder to implement the vision and mission of the organization;
  • Overseeing and coordinating the work of all international offices of IBJ consistent with the organization’s mission;
  • Managing expansion of the organization;
  • Developing new networks of supporters (legal and non-legal) and coordinating them to facilitate the organization’s outreach and impact;
  • Working with the CEO to lead strategic and operational planning processes and set organizational priorities;
  • Developing and managing organizational and operational systems and processes;
  • Supervising IBJ staff, volunteers, and interns in the Geneva office; 
  • Overseeing program and organizational budgeting, financial planning, and accountability and compliance with grant agreements;
  • Overseeing the audit process, payroll, benefits, insurance and administrative and project accounting, as well as the production of IBJ’s financial statements, narrative and financial reports to donors, financial reports to the Finance Committee of IBJ’s Board of Directors, and tax returns;
  • Attending meetings of the Finance Committee of IBJ’s Board of Directors;
  • Overseeing all fundraising and development efforts, including the drafting of grant proposals to potential funders, the solicitation of individual contributions, and the planning and execution of fundraising events;
  • Managing human resource systems, including the recruitment of staff, volunteers, and interns to work in IBJ’s offices worldwide, oversight of the process of obtaining work permits in Geneva, and management of IBJ’s performance review process; and
  • Managing outreach and communication channels.

Qualifications and Competencies:


  • A JD degree
  • Strong people skills
  • Demonstrated team-building capability
  • Demonstrated commitment to criminal defense worldwide
  • Demonstrated leadership, management, and organizational skills
  • At least five years of experience in operations and financial management
  • Experience in supervising a diverse group of professionals in multiple disciplines, including law, and working in a multicultural environment
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills in English
  • Strong people skills
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to build communities and networks
  • A high level of responsibility and accountability; and
  • Integrity, professional discretion, and an ability to handle confidential matters.


  • Second degree, MBA, MPA or equivalent
  • Experience in non-profit management, including fundraising and grant administration
  • Experience in leading the growth and development of an organization
  • Experience in program development, management, and evaluation
  • Superior information technology skills, including a high level of proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and familiarity with financial management software
  • Demonstrated team-building capability
  • Experience in international comparative law
  • Fluency in more than one language (Preferably French)
  • Creativity and flexibility in meeting challenges
  • Optimistic and hopeful personality with pragmatic can-do attitude

Salary will be commensurate with experience, subject to a non-profit organization range.

To apply, submit statement of interest, curriculum vitae (including salary expectations and references) via email to: (please type “Deputy Director Position” in the subject line).

Intern / Volunteer with Country Programs or JusticeMakers

We have numerous possibilities to volunteer in our headquarters office in Geneva as well as on site at one of our six country programs. Applications for summer internships must be sent before January 15th of the year in question. Applications for internships during other periods are accepted all year long. For examples of the kind of internship and volunteer opportunities available, please download the following file: IBJ Internships  To apply for an internship please send a CV and cover letter explaining where and why you want to volunteer for us, and for how long you would be available, to

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