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ROLI Middle East and North Africa - ABA ROLI Program Director

ABA DC, 1050 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, District Of Columbia, United States of America Req #422
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

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ROLI Middle East and North Africa - ABA ROLI Program Director Tunisia Probation

The mission of the American Bar Association Rule of Law
Initiative is to promote justice, economic opportunity and human dignity
through the rule of law.  ABA ROLI seeks a Program Director for an 18
month assignment in Tunis, Tunisia to implement a nationwide program to expand
the probation system in Tunisia and promote understanding and acceptance of
alternatives to incarceration.  The Program Director will be responsible
for overall management of the program  under the supervision of the Country
Director and in close coordination with ABA ROLI’s Washington, DC-based staff,
including development and implementation of workplans, partnerships with local
governmental and non-governmental partners, and monitoring and reporting on
program implementation among other tasks.

•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.



•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.

•10 years of strong program management experience in relevant conflict contexts and issue areas; Experience implementing and overseeing grant-funded programs in complex, fluid, and remote-management contexts, preferred

•Experience establishing, working in or managing a probation
department; preferred

•Experience implementing new initiatives or policies,
particularly alternatives to detention or custodial sentences; preferred

•Familiarity with civil law systems; preferred

•Experience managing multi-cultural teams; preferred

•Experience in the MENA region; preferred

•Fluency in English (knowledge of Arabic
or French is a plus); and

•Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


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