Director of Investigations and Law Enforcement Development

IJM - Institut Jacques Monod

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic



  • 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 and supervise an investigative team of approximately two 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 violent oppression;
  • 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 serves 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 office’s investigative work;
  • Evaluate all investigative outcomes;
  • Ensure the security of all investigative, legal and aftercare operations, reporting to the Field Office Director on security matters as they develop; and
  • Ensure continual communication with supervisor regarding the status of operations and challenges faced.


  • Fully understand the relevant local 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;
  • Lead efforts to train local law enforcement on best practices regarding the investigation of human trafficking; and
  • Manage projects that increase the capacity of local law enforcement to investigate human trafficking.


  • 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 Field Director; and
  • Maintain confidentiality of privileged and sensitive information.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Fluency in spoken and written Spanish Language;
  • Minimum of eight 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;
  • Proven ability to work undercover or supervise undercover operations;
  • Experience establishing, developing and training operative networks;
  • 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.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree; and
  • Experience in cases of commercial sexual exploitation of children and trafficking in persons.

Critical Qualities

  • Mature orthodox Christian faith as defined by the Apostles’ Creed;
  • Attention to detail and disciplined with priorities;
  • Strong service ethic and a passion for IJM’s goals;
  • Patient; works well under stress;
  • Personable; sustained positive attitude;
  • Diplomatic and flexible;
  • Professional in demeanor and written and oral communication;
  • Able to achieve goals in a cross-cultural and cross-religious setting; and
  • Effective team player and leader.

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