ABA ROLI Senior Program Officer, WAGE

  • Entry-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 21 April 2021

Job Description

The ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) seeks a Senior Program Officer for its Women and Girls Empowered (WAGE) Program. WAGE is a global consortium implementing programs to advance the status of women and girls. Led by ABA ROLI, in close partnership with the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), Grameen Foundation, and Search for Common Ground (SFCG), WAGE works to strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations in target countries to improve the prevention of and response to gender-based violence; to advance the women, peace, and security agenda; and to support women’s economic empowerment. WAGE provides direct assistance to women and girls, including information, resources, and services they need to succeed as active and equal participants in the global economy. WAGE also undertakes collaborative research and learning to build a body of evidence based on promising practices in these thematic areas.

The WAGE Senior Program Officer reports to the WAGE Program Director and will contribute to all aspects of the program including the development and review of documents, drafting and processing contracts, budget monitoring and financial compliance, managing partner, donor, technical advisor and consultant relations, maintaining DevResults and monitoring and evaluation plans and drafting communication materials. In addition to providing high-quality contributions including to decision making for the effective implementation of program activities, the Senior Program Officer, who will be part of the Global Programs Division, is expected to support other ABA ROLI global programs as needed as well as contributing to the development of new programs and initiatives.

Principle Duties / Job Responsibilities


· Support program director in providing oversight to ensure that ABA ROLI and program teams meet obligations under initiative-specific awards.

· Contribute to the drafting and review of programmatic documents and deliverables (one pagers, blogs, MEL plans, workplans, safeguarding action plans, quarterly reports etc.)

· Convene bi-weekly or monthly in initiative-specific check-in meetings for select programs.

· Ensure compliance with the branding requirements for all initiatives.

· In coordination with the Senior Technical Advisor for Gender and Inclusion, provide oversight to ensure that programs are reflecting gender action plan findings in their work and being responsive to issues of diversity and inclusion. Monitor the implementation of the gender action plans.

· Contribute to various aspects of the WAGE Learning Agenda.

· Coordinate data collection across partners and update M&E plans on a quarterly basis; review reported program deliverables against approved workplan/M&E plan.

· Coordinate revisions to MEL plans and work with teams to adapt programming as needed based on key learnings.

· Assist program team lead to track program deliverables against approved workplan/M&E plan targets/ deliverables.

· Coordinate core partner meetings with consortium members.

· Prepare weekly, monthly and quarterly donor reports.

· Prepare core partner subgrants and amendments and contracts for services and manage processing of these submissions internally, including coordination with ROLI general counsel.

· Oversee procurement processes to ensure they are in line with ABA procurement rules.

· Review subaward financial reports, cash on hand requests, and other expense reports and ensure open communication with core partners and ROLI finance; submit wire requests and field office expense reports for signature.

· Reconcile expense reports and process in-kind forms.

· Develop and maintain financial monitoring tools, review program financials (projections, general ledgers and pipelines).

· Prepare outreach pieces, social media content, and other WAGE communications documents for all initiatives.

Perform other related duties as required.

Basic Qualifications & Interests

· Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent work experience.

· At least four (4) years of work experience in a program management capacity.

· Previous work experience in a not-for-profit, association, and/or NGO setting.

Preferred Qualifications

· Degree in international development, gender studies or a relevant social science discipline.

· Interest in and commitment to rule of law, democracy and governance, gender equality, social inclusion and the empowerment of women and girls.

· Previous experience working for an international organization.

· Regional experience in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and/or Central Asia.

· Experience maintaining effective communication and coordination across a range of countries with diverse program activities and implementation timelines.

· Awareness of USG policies and strategies focused on gender and justice sector reform issues.

  • Experience tracking complex budgets with varying earmarks, developing, and monitoring projections with implementing partners, monitoring drawdowns in line with pipeline trackers, obtaining USG approvals, and following USG reporting and financial compliance requirements.
  • Experience supporting monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) plans including tracking progress towards indicators and intermediary results.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with a diverse group of stakeholders.

· Strong research, writing, analytical, knowledge management, and communication skills.

  • Effective time management and a strong ability to multi-task, adapt and manage competing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong Microsoft Office Suite skills and familiarity with social media.
  • Ability and willingness to be an effective team player.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

About the Organization

The Rule of Law Initiative is a public service project of the American Bar Association dedicated to promoting legal reform efforts in over 40 countries around the world. The Rule of Law Initiative believes that rule of law promotion is the most effective long-term antidote to the most pressing problems facing the world community today, including poverty, economic stagnation, and crippling levels of corruption. The Rule of Law Initiative concentrates its technical legal assistance efforts in the following substantive areas: 1) Anti-corruption & public integrity; 2) Criminal law & combating trafficking in persons; 3) Gender issues; 4) Human rights & conflict mitigation; 5) Judicial reform; 6) Legal education reform; and 7) Legal profession reform. The Rule of Law Initiative enlists talented individuals who possess the skills and commitment necessary to effectively promote the rule of law in our host countries. We regularly seek experienced attorneys, judges, and law professors interested in lending their expertise to our programs for both long- and short-term pro bono assignments overseas. For more information please visit our website at www.abarol.org.

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