ABA ROLI Program Director, Anti-Corruption, SE Asia (staff)

Bangkok, Thailand
Apply by 12 March 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 6 March 2017

Job Description


The Program Director will serve as an expert in anti-corruption and public integrity and provide highly technical support to governments, civil society, and international organizations across the Asia-Pacific region on corruption and related topics. With support from ABA ROLI’s Washington office, the program is implemented by a small team based in Bangkok. Typical duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Providing assistance to countries in the region through national anti-corruption, justice sector, and law enforcement entities.
  • Coordinating with other organizations, agencies, and donors in the region to identify areas of common interest where joint projects can be developed.
  • Engaging in anti-corruption related multilateral fora, conferences, and workshops.

In addition, the Program Director will manage local staff and oversee administrative, financial, and logistical activities related to the program portfolio. This is a high profile position that requires a high degree of maturity and diplomatic skill.

The Program Director will also identify new program opportunities and relevant donors, working collaboratively with the ABA ROLI team in Washington, D.C. to extend the existing anti-corruption program and expand the type and scale of programs run from ABA ROLI’s regional office in Bangkok.


  • 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 teaching in training opportunities within the host country.
  • Assists in identifying best practices derived from lessons learned.
  • 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.
  • Maintains proactive communications with the Disivion Director and 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.
  • Collaborates with the Division Director 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.
  • 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.


  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing anti-corruption, public integrity and/or transparency/accountability programs in developing countries, with a focus on direct provision of expertise to governments, civil society, and/or intergovernmental organizations.
  • Familiarity with international conventions, initiatives and instruments relating to corruption, principally the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).
  • Demonstrated analytical skills, and excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking and cross-cultural communications.
  • 10 years of experience in international development with a proven track record of progressively increasing job responsibility.
  • Experience in business development, designing new programs and preparing proposals for a range of donors.
  • Experience working in Asia.

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.


For more information on this program please visit: https://www.americanbar.org/advocacy/rule_of_law/where_we_work/asia/regional_raca.html

About the Organization

ABA ROLI is a non-profit organization that implements legal reform programs in roughly 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.

For more information about what we do at ABA ROLI please visit: https://www.americanbar.org/advocacy/rule_of_law/about.html

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