ABA ROLI Program Director, China

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ABA ROLI Program Director, China

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Program Director, China

Job Summary/General Purpose of Job

Responsible and accountable for major program implementation, management and oversight of strategic and tactical elements of the program for an assigned country/region.

Principal Duties/Job Responsibilities

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, NGOs, governmental agencies, etc.) to fulfill program objectives within cost constraints and garner additional funding from partners.

Maintains proactive communications with the 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.

Fluency in English in order to meet the technical and managerial requirements of the program and donor requirements.

Preferred Qualifications

Host country language proficiency. Previous experience working for an association, NGO, or other not-for-profit entity.

Assignment to non-U.S. locations where living and working accommodations may be difficult and may be equivalent to a third-world or developing nation standard.

As a normal course of business, this job will typically require travel of up to 25% of the time.

The American Bar Association is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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American Bar Association (ABA)

The ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is an international development program that promotes justice, economic opportunity and human dignity through the rule of law. The ABA established the program in 2007 to consolidate its five overseas rule of law programs, including the Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI), which it created in 1990 after the fall of the Berlin Wall. For more than 25 years, and through their work in more than 100 countries, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) and their partners have sought to strengthen legal institutions, to support legal professionals, to foster respect for human rights and to advance public understanding of the law and of citizen rights.

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