ROLI Latin America - ABA Intern

  • Posted on 24 July 2020

Job Description

ABA ROLI’s Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Division seeks an unpaid intern to collaborate with the division on rule of law programs across the regions. The intern will engage in a wide range of program implementation tasks including, but not limited to participation in project planning, developing outreach materials and reports, conducting targeted research, assisting to draft and edit progress reports, and coordinating the development of monitoring and evaluation tracking systems. The intern will also participate in exploration of opportunities for new programs, for example, conducting research for new program development and potential funding opportunities within the scope of ABA ROLI’s programs; working closely with DC and regional field staff to assist in the development of concept notes or proposals; preparing legal and regulatory documentation to support the establishment and continuation of ABA’s registration and compliance in countries of operation.

Duration: The usual minimum expected period for an internship with the LAC Division is 3 months for 3-5 days/week, but there may be some flexibility. The fall internship term is from September to November (or longer).

Main Responsibilities include:

  • Research for potential funding opportunities within the scope of ABA ROLI’s programs.
  • Research and present finding to team on various topics including current events, trends, and technical thematic areas relevant to ABA ROLI’s current and past work.
  • Working closely with DC and regional field staff to assist in the development of concept notes or proposals.
  • Assisting the ABA ROLI LAC division team with reviewing, editing and writing of monthly, quarterly and annual reports of existing project.
  • Working closely with DC and regional field staff in coordinating various project activities including study tours, trainings and workshops.

Required Qualifications

  • Interest and/or background in rule of law, civil society engagement, civic education, legal clinical education, or other relevant subjects.
  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience working in the Latin America and Caribbean region.
  • Working fluency in Spanish.
  • Creativity and the ability to use storytelling to build support for our work.
  • Previous experience working with quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Previous experience working for an international or domestic NGO/non-profit.
  • Candidates who have, or are currently working toward, a law degree or a master’s degree in a relevant field.

Please express interest by submitting a CV and cover letter merged as one document.

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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