ABA ROLI Program Director, China (staff)

  • Posted on 23 December 2016

Job Description


ABA ROLI seeks candidates to fill one (1) China Program Director position based in Hong Kong, China, with travel within the country. The Program Director will engage in ongoing program management, implementation, evaluation, and oversight of strategic and tactical elements of our programs in China. Our programming approaches include capacity building, pilot projects, and practical research to support policy reform. 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. when necessary, and ensuring compliance with donor requirements, including producing quarterly and final reports. 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 Program Director will also handle office management, including staff supervision, ensure compliance with donor regulations and ABA ROLI financial requirements and procedures in coordination with the Washington, D.C. office, and lead business development efforts. The ideal candidate will be capable of developing and maintaining effective communications and a cooperative working relationship with program partners and other organizations, identifying partnerships and other opportunities, and actively participating in coordination meetings and groups.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Proficiency in both written and spoken standard Chinese (Mandarin).
  • Experience working for an association, NGO, or other not-for-profit entity.
  • Familiarity with the Chinese legal system, as well as the current political, economic, administrative, and socio-cultural context in China.
  • Experience overseeing projects with multiple partners from the NGO and government sectors.
  • Rule of law expertise in one or more of the following areas: criminal justice, environmental protection, LGBT rights, legal professional education, women’s rights, capacity building, public participation, and access to justice.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

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.

About the Organization

ABA ROLI is a non-profit pro­gram 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.

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