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ROLI Asia ABA ROLI Program Director

ABA DC, 1050 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, District Of Columbia, United States of America Req #451
Tuesday, April 21, 2020

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ROLI Asia ABA ROLI Program Director

ABA ROLI seeks candidates to fill a Program Director position based either in Hong Kong or in Washington D.C (with frequent travel to Hong Kong). The Program Director will engage in program management, implementation, evaluation, and oversight of strategic and financial aspects of our Hong Kong program. The Program Director will monitor and assist program partners and other actors to ensure that activities are on track, including participating in and providing technical assistance to program activities, developing solutions with headquarters in Washington, D.C., and ensuring compliance with donor requirements and ABA ROLI policies and procedures.


The Program Director will ensure monitoring and reporting systems are in place, including gathering data, tracking program implementation progress against indicators, and preparing technical reports for donors. The ideal candidate will be capable of developing and maintaining effective communications and a cooperative working relationship with the program donor, partners and other stakeholders, identifying new partnerships and other opportunities, and actively participating in coordination meetings and technical activities. The Program Director will also handle office management, including staff supervision, and will lead new business development efforts, including drafting proposals for new funding.


Duties and responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Responsible for the day-to-day management of assigned programs and that all programmatic requirements are being met/exceeded according the ABA, ROLI, and grantor requirements.
  • Accountable for all timely, accurate, and compliant in-country programmatic monitoring and reporting.
  • Oversees and is accountable for the development and deployment of substantive programming and activities, including, but not limited to, project work plans, managing/assisting volunteer legal specialists and consultants, and convening, organizing and participating in training opportunities within the host country.
  • Establishes and enhances effective collaboration and relationships with local entities and other development partners (e.g., local bar association, law schools, NGO’s, governmental agencies, etc.) to fulfill program objectives within cost constraints and garner additional funding from partners.
  • Maintains proactive communications with ROLI leadership to ensure timely and accurate updates on programs’ activities, achievements, and shortcomings. In area where program shortcomings are identified, creates and implements corrective action plans to improve performance against standards.
  • Assists in identifying best practices derived from lessons learned.
  • Collaborates with local and D.C.-based staff and local authorities to ensure that all programs and operations are compliant with all local laws/regulations and, if required, have received all regulatory licensing/registrations prior to offering the programs.
  • Ensures compliance with all donor, ABA, federal, state, and local laws/regulations while managing the program(s). Ensures personal and program compliance with the FCPA.
  • Provides leadership, coaching, counseling, feedback, performance appraisal, and, where appropriate, applies corrective actions to an assigned team.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Possession of a JD from an ABA-accredited law school and at least seven (7) years’ experience in program management or business operations which must have included international experience; OR, Possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university and at least ten (10) years’ experience in program management or business operations which must have included international experience. NOTE: If law degree is from a non-U.S. law school, the degree program may not be required to be an ABA-accredited law school if the incumbent is not a U.S. citizen.
  • Previous experience managing U.S. Government, USAID, NGO, or other similarly funded international grant programs.
  • Previous experience in implementing international donor-supported programs, which must have included responsibilities for supervision of a team, financial management, and compliance.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Fluency in English in order to meet the technical and managerial requirements of the program and donor requirements.
  • Familiarity with the Hong Kong legal system, as well as the current political, economic, and socio-cultural context in Hong Kong.
  • Proficiency in both written and spoken Chinese (Cantonese).
  • Previous experience working for an association, NGO, or other not-for-profit entity.
  • Previous experience overseeing projects with multiple partners from the NGO and government sectors.
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: rule of law, access to justice, local capacity building, public participation and awareness raising, regulatory reform, or justice sector reform.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


How to apply:

Interested candidates must submit the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae and a short cover letter expressing their interest and demonstrating their suitability for this role.


Due to the high volume of applications received, we are only able to follow up with candidates who are selected for interviews. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and this position may be filled prior to the close date.

The American Bar Association is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with the American Bar Association please call 312-988-5188.

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