Program Manager, Zambia (Consultant)

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American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative
Apply by 27 February 2013
Mid-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 10 October 2012

Job Description

The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is a non-profit pro­gram that implements legal reform programs in roughly 50 countries around the world. ABA ROLI has nearly 700 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.


The American Bar Association is seeking a qualified and dynamic Program Manager in Zambia to oversee its program “Building Judicial Capacity in Zambia through Support for Local Organizations.” The Program Manager will work in collaboration with Zambian justice sector and civil society stakeholders, international experts, and ABA ROLI’s Washington, DC office to implement an innovative human rights judicial training program over the course of 18 months. This is a local position and open to Zambian national’s only.


  • Overseeing the implementation of the program in Zambia, in close partnership with local civil society organizations (CSOs);
  • Creating and maintaining partnerships with high level government officials, judicial sector officials, and Zambian civil society;
  • Assisting visiting pro bono legal specialists in conducting judicial needs assessments on key human rights issues and designing training curricula;
  • Working with local partners to organize community town hall meetings on human rights;
  • Working alongside Zambian civil society organizations (CSOs) to conduct human rights trainings at the magisterial court level;
  • Providing financial oversight and management of sub-grants to local CSOs; and
  • Ensuring effective monitoring and evaluation of ABA ROLI’s program impact.


  • Graduate or law degree;
  • A strong background in human rights and at least 7 years of relevant experience;
  • Previous experience organizing and implementing judicial training programs and other justice sector reform programs is strongly preferred;
  • Experience working in or alongside local civil society organizations, as well as managing or working with donor-funded international legal assistance projects; and
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency in a Zambian local language is a plus.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.