ABA ROLI, Senior Technical Advisor, Commercial Law

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 11 February 2019

Job Description

ABA ROLI is seeking a Senior Technical Advisor for Commercial Law for a proposed new program. The Senior Technical Advisor will oversee a team of local staff as well as short- and long- term technical advisors. They will be part of the management team of the overall program and be responsible for the achievement of key deliverables. They must have strong program and operational management experience, as well as deep knowledge of commercial law frameworks, particularly in the MENA. Must have experience developing and implementing programs to improve policies, laws, regulations and administrative practices that enhance the business enabling environment. In addition, experience advocating for consensus among various stakeholders and identifying opportunities and champions for reform, as well as advising on policy reforms, capacity-building in legal drafting for new laws and regulations.


  • Responsible for the development, oversight, and management of special projects related to a particular substantive area.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert and advisor/resource for DC and field staff, particularly for program and proposal development.
  • Develops and assists in the coordination and management of US and field-based special events and regional workshops.
  • Directs efforts to investigate and pursue program development/expansion opportunities and coordinates the development and maintenance of relationships with U.S.-based funders/partners. Assists in the development and maintenance of funder/partner relationships in the field.
  • Supports the regional divisions in the identification, recruitment, and orientation of individuals to be posted in DC or in the field to relevant positions.
  • Provides subject matter expertise as a speaker/presenter at international conferences/symposia, authors academic articles, pursues leadership roles in appropriate boards and committees, and participates in the international efforts to develop standards on rule of law reform.
  • Manages relevant substantive practice group.
  • Prepares U.S. and field-based assessments of draft law, concept papers, and research.
  • Coordinates the implementation and management of relevant assessment tools and methodologies.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Required Qualifications

  • Possession of a Juris Doctorate from an ABA-accredited law school or recognized foreign law school, or possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • At least ten years’ experience in one or more thematic areas.
  • At least eight years’ experience in international development.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in conflict or post-conflict transitional environments.
  • Arabic language ability a plus.

To apply, please submit an application on our website here

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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