Project Associate, Mexico

Position: Project Associate, Mexico

Compensation:  Hourly, commensurate with experience  

FLSA Status: Part-time, Nonexempt

Term:  March 1, 2017 through February 28, 2019 with possibility of extension

Reports to: Strategic Initiatives Specialist

Direct Reports:  None

Location: Washington DC

Other: Please submit a cover letter that includes any compensation requirements


As part of its mission to eradicate human trafficking, Polaris operates several strategic initiatives targeting specific human trafficking networks. By leveraging the vast expertise that exists in the field alongside Polaris’s core competencies, we hope to provide human trafficking victims and survivors with access to critical support and services to get help and stay safe, while designing an effective disruption campaign. Tactics will include increased public awareness, targeted anti-demand and prevention efforts, development of a survivor safety net, and identification of key pressure points to accelerate eradication.

Polaris is seeking an organized, detail-oriented Program Associate with strong Spanish and English skills to support the objectives of two program areas that focus on the trafficking of women and girls from Latin America to the US, strengthening a Mexican national human trafficking hotline and raising the profile of labor trafficking on both sides of the border.



  • Assist in the general logistics of Mexico and regional-focused work, including travel arrangements, internal and external meeting planning and note-taking, and training planning and coordination;

  • Serve as a point of contact between strategic initiatives and external stakeholders, as appropriate;

  • Assist in the Spanish-English translation of internal and external communications, as needed;

  • Provide general support to advance strategic initiatives’ objectives;

  • Manage Salesforce and other internal systems supporting strategic initiatives’ objectives;

  • Update and maintain office policies and procedures, including travel safety protocols, etc.; and

  • Liaison to other program associates to handle requests and queries from other programs.


Required Qualifications

  • Minimum two years of relevant work experience;

  • Native or bilingual Spanish fluency; full professional proficiency in English

  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize tasks;

  • Attention to detail and problem solving skills;

  • Strong oral and written communication skills; and

  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task; and

  • Positive, resilient, and energetic attitude.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in multicultural environments; and

  • Passion for social justice, human rights, and/or human trafficking issues.



  • Survivors of human trafficking encouraged to apply;

  • Subject to a criminal background check;

  • Subject to a probationary term contingent on training performance; and

  • Request for three professional and/or personal references.


Values Statement

The work of Polaris is grounded in a set of values and organizational beliefs that provide a common starting point for all of our activities. At Polaris, we look for talented individuals who are passionate about combating all forms of human trafficking and who will strive to embody and model these values within the Polaris community and in the anti-trafficking field. Please take a moment to make yourself familiar with these values and our mission statement before submitting your application. You can find a full description of our values here.