ABA ROLI Program Director, Trafficking in Persons, South Africa (staff)

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 14 July 2017

Job Description


The Program Director, who will be based in Pretoria, South Africa, will be responsible for overall management of the Southern Africa Trafficking in Persons program. This program will support the Africa Prosecutors Association (APA) by building its capacity to become a regional leader and resource in the effort to combat trafficking in persons. The Program Director will establish and enhance effective collaboration and relationships with the APA, UNODC, and other local entities and other development partners, as required, to fulfill program objectives within cost constraints and garner additional funding from partners. He/she will provide capacity-building assistance to the APA and manage a subgrant to the organization, ensuring that all program deliverables are achieved. He/she will also assist in identification, recruitment, and management of international experts to support program activities, as well as engage in monitoring and evaluation of all program outputs, outcomes, and objectives.


  • 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, NGO’s, governmental agencies, etc.) to fulfill program objectives within cost constraints and garner additional funding from partners.
  • Maintains proactive communications with the Country 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.
  • Assists in identifying best practices derived from lessons learned.
  • Collaborates with the Country 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. 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.


  • Previous experience working for an association, NGO, or other not-for-profit entity.
  • Previous experience serving as a trainer and/or technical expert.
  • Previous experience providing support to local organizations.
  • Previous experience working in the area of investigation, prosecution, or prevention of TIP and familiarity with anti-TIP laws, policies, and best practices.
  • Fluency in English required, and fluency in Portuguese is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with local institutions and coordinating with other donors.
  • Knowledge of political environment, country-specific context, and/or experience working in Southern Africa.

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. https://www.recruitingcenter.net/Clients/abanet/PublicJobs/controller.cfm?jbaction=JobProfile&job_id=11955

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.

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