ABA ROLI Chief of Party, Philippines

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 2 April 2019

Job Description


ABA ROLI is seeking a Chief of Party (COP), based in Manila, to lead and manage an anticipated project to enhance democratic governance in the Philippines. The project will seek to increase public engagement in support of human rights. It will provide support for social and behavior change interventions to raise awareness, change attitudes, strengthen norms, and stimulate civic action in support of Filipinos’ basic civil and political rights. The project will undertake research to understand the obstacles and opportunities for citizen engagement to advance civil and political rights in the Philippines. This will lead to the design of subsequent interventions to increase citizen engagement in support of human rights and to strengthen the advocacy capacity of communities for advancing human rights.

This project will build on over 20 years of rule of law development work by the ABA in Asia, and complement other existing projects of ABA ROLI in the Philippines.

The COP will provide overall technical and management leadership to the project. The COP will develop and manage work plans; manage finances, local staff and international consultants; coordinate activities with other ABA ROLI programs in the country; and work collaboratively with partners and donors. The COP is also expected to play a leadership role within ABA ROLI and contribute to the design and development of new business opportunities. The COP will ensure timely implementation and development of program deliverables. The duration of the assignment is anticipated to be at least five years starting in September 2019.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Provide overall leadership, strategic direction, management support and guidance to the technical, financial and administrative staff, consultants, subgrantees and contractors.
  • Foster partnerships at all levels to promote learning and democratic governance.
  • Leverage social and behavioral change interventions to develop context-specific solutions and policy plans to foster rule of law and civil society development.
  • Employ an evidence-based management approach grounded in research, a broad theory of change, and target indicators supporting program objectives.
  • Coordinate with the funder and other implementing partners on the ground; collaborate with local stakeholder institutions to effect changes in democracy, rights, and governance.
  • Represent ABA ROLI and comply with policies and project responsibilities.
  • Collaborate with key project staff in Washington DC and Manila to meet all agreed-upon objectives, deadlines, and other requirements as set by the donor and managers.


  • At least eight years’ experience managing large policy advocacy or similar projects, preferably in Asia.
  • At least three years’ experience in human rights programming in the Philippines or a comparable context, including work mobilizing communities and stakeholder coalitions to effect changes in democracy, rights and/or governance.
  • Degree in Law, International Development, Public Administration, Social Sciences, or a relevant field.
  • Experience communicating and building productive relationships with a broad range of government, civil society, and academic entities.
  • Demonstrated track record of progressively responsible managerial experience implementing large and complex donor-funded projects (preferably USAID-funded).
  • Excellent organizational, oral and written communication skills.
  • Detailed understanding of USAID and other USG assistance policies, award management and reporting requirements, and outstanding track record of compliance.
  • Ideally experience applying research to program implementation, an understanding of social and behavior change approaches, and adaptive program management.
  • Experience designing and writing proposals for new projects.
  • Flawless English proficiency; fluency in a Filipino language an asset.


To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@americanbar.org

About the Organization

ABA ROLI is a non-profit program that implements legal reform programs in more than 50 countries around the world. ABA ROLI has nearly 500 professional staff working abroad and in its Washington, D.C. office. ABA ROLI’s host country partners include judges, lawyers, bar associations, law schools, court administrators, legislatures, ministries of justice and a wide array of civil society organizations, including human rights groups.

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