ABA ROLI Program Director, SE Asia Regional Anti-Corruption

American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative
  • Location
    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Mar 10

Position description


The Program Director will undertake tasks required for the establishment of programs in anti-corruption and public integrity. With support from ABA ROLI’s Washington office, the program is implemented by a small team based in Bangkok. The Program Director provides and coordinates the provision of technical assistance to organizations (both governmental and non-governmental) working to combat corruption in the public and private sectors in countries in the Asia Pacific region.  Typical duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Providing assistance to countries in the region through national anti-corruption and law enforcement entities.
  • Coordinating with other organizations, agencies and donors in the region to identify areas of common interest where joint projects can be developed.
  • Engaging in anti-corruption related multilateral fora, conferences, and workshops.

In addition, the Program Director will, in consultation with the Country Director, manage local staff, oversee administrative, financial, and logistical activities related for his program portfolio. This is a high profile position that requires a great deal of maturity and diplomatic skill.


  • Responsible for the day-to-day management of assigned programs and that all programmatic requirements are being met/exceeded according the ABA, ROLI, and grantor requirements.
  • Accountable for all timely, accurate, and compliant in-country programmatic monitoring and reporting.
  • Is accountable for the development and deployment of substantive programming and activities, including, but not limited to, project work plans, managing/assisting volunteer legal specialists and consultants, and convening, organizing and teaching in training opportunities within the host country.
  • Maintains proactive communications with the Country Director and ROLI leadership to ensure timely and accurate updates on programs’ activities, achievements, and shortcomings. In area where program shortcomings are identified, creates and implements corrective action plans to improve performance against standards.
  • Assists in identifying best practices derived from lessons learned.
  • Collaborates with the Country Director and local authorities to ensure that all programs and operations are compliant with all local laws/regulations and, if required, have received all regulatory licensing/registrations prior to offering the programs.
  • Ensures compliance with all donor, ABA, federal, state, and local laws/regulations while managing the program(s). Ensures personal and program compliance with the FCPA.
  • Provides leadership, coaching, counseling, feedback, performance appraisal, and, where appropriate, applies corrective actions to an assigned team.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Possession of a JD from an ABA-accredited law school and at least seven (7) years’ experience in program management or business operations which must have included international experience; OR, Possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university and at least ten (10) years’ experience in program management or business operations which must have included international experience.
  • Previous experience managing U.S. Government, USAID, NGO, or other similarly funded international grant programs.
  • Previous experience in implementing international donor-supported programs which must have included responsibilities for supervision of a team, financial management, and compliance.
  • Fluency in English in order to meet the technical and managerial requirements of the program and donor requirements.


  • 10 years of experience in international development with a proven track record of progressively increasing job responsibility.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing anti-corruption, public integrity and/or transparency/accountability programs in developing countries.
  • Familiarity with international conventions, initiatives and instruments relating to corruption, principally the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).
  • Demonstrated analytical skills, and excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking and cross-cultural communications.


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. 

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