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15 Sep 2023

Program Officer, East Asia – American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative

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The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is recruiting a Program Officer to supporting implementation of anticipated programs regional programming run out of ROLI’s office in Taipei focused on East Asia, LGBTIQ+ rights and Internet Freedom.

ABA ROLI is recruiting a Program Officer to support the Program Manager & Operations Lead in all regional programming currently and anticipated to be run out of that office including, programs focused on engaging civil society, legal sector, and private sector in East Asia and East Asian diaspora communities in Southeast Asia, regional programs focused on LGBTQI+ people, as well as programs on Internet Freedom. In this position, the Program Officer will be the vehicle for the maintenance of consistency and continuity of ABA ROLI programming. They will have both programmatic and administrative responsibilities and report to the Program Manager in Taipei.


Principal Duties/Job Responsibilities listed in order of importance and/or time spent:

  • Responsible for day-to-day administrative tasks related to East Asia programs.
  • Work with partners, Program Manager, Project Director, to develop and implement programs.
  • As requested, contribute to ABA ROLI monthly and quarterly reports, work plans, update articles and other ABA ROLI publications.
  • Provide technical insight and support to proposal/new business development opportunities.
  • Monitor legal and political developments, reporting them to the Program Manager or Project Director.
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships with a range of program stakeholders and partner organizations to fulfill program objectives within specific budget and cost constraints.
  • As requested, represent ABA ROLI at meetings with local partners or members of the international community.
  • Ensures personal and program compliance with applicable anti-corruption laws.
  • Maintains professional connections with partners, legal specialists, and consultants.
  • Provide support to other ABA ROLI programs, promote, and represent the program and perform other related duties as required.
  • Translate and interpret, as requested.
  • Plan workshops, potentially including their logistical arrangements, as requested.
  • As requested, participate in ABA ROLI Annual Meetings.
  • And other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications & Interests (BQIs)

  • University degree in law, human rights, global affairs, public policy, international relations, or another relevant field.
  • Demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following areas: international human rights law, LGBTQI+ rights, digital authoritarianism, and transnational repression.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; ability to communicate in Mandarin.

Preferred Qualifications & Interests (PQIs)

  • Previous work experience in one or more countries in East Asia.
  • Experience in program management capacity including grant funded programs (U.S. Government-funded program management), and programs in highly restrictive environments.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with diverse groups of stakeholders.
  • Strong research, writing, analytical, knowledge management, and communication skills.
  • Effective time management and a strong ability to multi-task, adapt and manage competing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work effectively within a team and individually across an international environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in creating, building, and maintaining professional relationships.
  • High degree of organization, professionalism, integrity, trustworthiness, and flexibility.
  • Ability to use discretion when working with confidential documents and information.

Physical Requirements

This position will be based in Taipei, Taiwan.

Extent of Travel Required in the Job

As a normal course of business, this job will typically require travel up to 25% of the time.

To Apply:

Please send your CV to [email protected].

Applications will be accepted until October 6, 2023; interviews will be conducted the week of October 9-13.

Applicants selected for interviews will be asked to provide two references.

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 www.abarol.org.

Please send your CV to [email protected]


Closing date
6 Oct 2023

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