Conectando Caminos por los Derechos program

  • Posted on 9 June 2020

Job Description

The Human Rights Response Lead will be responsible for ABA ROLI’s programming for the Conectando Caminos por los Derechos (“Venezuelan Migrant Human Rights” in English) program, a four-year program in Colombia, funded by the USAID-Human Rights Support Mechanism (HRSM) and implemented by the Protecting Global Rights through Sustainable Solutions (PROGRESS) consortium. Primarily, the Human Rights Response Lead will oversee specific interventions that strengthen investigation and prosecution of prioritized human rights violations, access to justice services, and support for Venezuelan migrants, returnees, and receptor communities who are victims of human rights violations.

The Human Rights Response Lead provides technical and managerial support for ABA ROLI’s work on the strengthening of responses to human rights violations, ensuring quality and delivery of program activities and deliverables in Colombia, and represents ABA ROLI alongside consortium partners to USG and international donors located in the country. The Human Rights Response Lead is responsible for major technical progress of the project and impact through tangible monitoring and evaluation data.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides technical and managerial oversight and coordination of the program goals, objectives and activities, ensuring that activities are aligned with the overall mission, vision, and values of ABA ROLI and are responsive to the Colombian context.

  • Works closely with the CCD consortium members to support strategic planning, program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and administration, to ensure effectiveness and quality in activities under ABA ROLI’s role in the program’s implementation.

  • Supports the development and use of monitoring, evaluation, and learning from program priorities, and adjusts program strategy on the basis of program data.

  • Assist in the design of activities that strengthen the investigation and prosecution of human rights.

  • Assist in the mapping of actors and stakeholders that are engaged in access to justice and human rights issues.

  • Creates, fosters, nurtures, and expands working relationships with host government representatives, law enforcement agencies and other local actors to bolster and enhance the opportunity for achieving/exceeding plan/program objectives.

  • Assist in the development od community protection measures to help increase accountability for the program activities and objectives.

  • Provides guidance and oversight of program activities including trainings, meetings with stakeholders and partners, and any other relevant activities.

  • Monitors the operational, political, social and legal environment within the country and targeted regions of the program and informs ABA ROLI staff of such shifts that might positively/negatively impact the program.

  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with ABA and donor policies, practices, procedures, and regulations. Accountable for adherence to and compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act [FCPA].

  • Performs quality oversight of financial management of all offices within his/her portfolio, conducting periodic reviews of expenditures for accuracy and reasonableness.

  • Support and monitor ABA’s operating budget requirements in cooperation with Finance and Program staff and is accountable for adhering to the approved budget without degradation of service or mission accountabilities.

  • Mentors and trains staff in strategic technical implementation of program objectives and activities, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting.

  • Provides leadership, coaching, counseling, development, and, where appropriate, applies discipline, to and through assigned employees.

  • Performs other related duties as required.

    Basic Requirements

  • Juris doctorate from an ABA-accredited law school or recognized foreign law school, and/or a post-graduate degree (U.S. or foreign) in human rights law, international law, or a related discipline.

  • At least six years of previous experience working on international development programs in the Latin American and Caribbean region, including in Colombia and funded by the U.S. Government, and primarily focused on the following initiatives: human rights protection, capacity building.

  • At least five years of experience as a technical manager or director of grant-funded international development programs, including a proven track record of personnel management, financial management and compliance, and demonstrated familiarity with U.S. rules and regulations for grants and cooperative agreements.

  • Fluency in Spanish and English (verbal and written).

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge on the context of Venezuelan migration issues to Colombia.

  • Experience working with justice sector institutions and/or civil society organizations in Colombia on human rights, access to justice, governance and related litigation.

  • Experience in legal aid provision related to human rights cases in Colombia.

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

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