Program Officer, Grants (Consultant)

  • Entry-level
  • Posted on 3 October 2018

Job Description


ABA ROLI is seeking a Program Officer (Grants) to be based in Manila, Philippines for a new three-year USAID-funded program increasing citizens’ awareness of rights and access to legal aid services, strengthening alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, and supporting the fair and efficient administration of justice. This role will provide support to the Program Manager (Grants) in establishing and implementing a $1.5 million grants program to civil society organizations and legal service providers throughout the country, identifying and building relationships with suitable sub-grantees, providing capacity building to them and ensuring the effective administration of the sub-grants. The ideal candidate will have experience in administering sub-grants and working on grant-funded programs, an understanding of monitoring and evaluation, experience with legal or civil society organizations in the Philippines, and good communication skills. While there will be plenty of opportunities to play an active role in the program activities and the development of new programs, this role involves significant administrative duties, including financial and compliance monitoring.

The role is available immediately.


  • Support the establishment of the sub-grants program;
  • Provide logistics and administrative support to program activities, particularly in relation to legal service providers and other sub-grantees, e.g. preparing materials and booking venues for training and workshops;
  • Assist in the administration of sub-grants in accordance with law and donor and ABA requirements;
  • Support in reviewing and evaluating the impact of sub-grants;
  • Assist in tracking sub-grants, e.g. maintaining records regarding sub-grants, their deliverables and funds drawdowns;
  • Provide support in planning and implementing activities according to project work plans, undertaking logistics for travel of staff, volunteer legal specialists and consultants, and ensuring that all programs and operations are compliant with local laws and regulations;
  • Support the development and monitoring program budgets;
  • Abide by all local laws, ABA ROLI policies and USAID regulations, and ensure personal and program compliance with applicable anti-corruption laws;
  • Assist in program design and the development of proposals in collaboration with colleagues in Asia and Washington D.C.;
  • Support the development of proposals for new funding;
  • Initiate posting and recording of training activities in the TRAINET system of USAID and undertake other M&E requirements of ABA ROLI;
  • Prepare weekly/monthly bullet reports;
  • Update contact list and information of the client, counterpart organizations, sub-grantees and coordinate internal and external calendar of activities and meetings with the Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, and/or the senior project management;
  • Conduct all business in a manner that respects local culture, maintain high ethical standards and avoid conflict of interest at all times;
  • Perform other related duties as required.


  • Relevant degree.
  • At least 1 year of relevant professional experience, ideally more.
  • Excellent attention to detail and written communication skills.
  • Ability to review and monitor budgets.
  • Fluency in Tagalog and English.


  • An understanding of access to justice and rule of law.
  • Experience engaging with the justice sector and/or civil society in the Philippines.
  • Experience organizing training and events.
  • Expertise in the implementation of donor-funded programs.
  • Ability to build and maintain productive working relationships with government, civil society, and other key stakeholders.

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.

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.

For more information about what we do at ABA ROLI please visit:

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