ABA ROLI Country Director-Morocco

Website American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative

Washington, D.C., DC, USA Req #1165
 Monday, September 19, 2022
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ABA ROLI Country Director

Responsible for developing, implementing, evaluating, monitoring, and enhancing program priorities in an assigned country and ensuring such programs are aligned with the overall mission, vision, and values of the ABA and ROLI. Represents ABA ROLI with USG and international donors located in the country, and provides updates on relevant political and legal developments in the countries, major progress for awarded programs, and impact through presenting tangible monitoring and evaluation data.

Develops, implements, monitors, evaluates, and enhances program priorities and ensures such programs are aligned with the overall mission, vision, and values of the ABA and ROLI and that they are responsive to local needs. Liaises with potential donors, embassies, and private foundations, and identifies new funding opportunities from USG and non-USG donors; drafts proposals responsive to the unique legal and political climate of each country in the portfolio. Participates or leads the recruiting of workshop faculty and short-and long-term experts and approves all programs developed by this faculty.

Creates, fosters, nurtures, and expands working relationships with each host government, host country legal leaders, other NGOs, and similarly situated entities to bolster and enhance the opportunity for achieving/exceeding ABA and ROLI plan/program objectives. Develops realistic monitoring and evaluation plans for each portfolio country and oversees their use as a tool for tracking and communicating program progress and impact, and for adjusting program strategy on the basis of the data. Responsible for ensuring compliance with ABA and donor policies, practices, procedures, and regulations. Accountable for adherence to and compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act [FCPA]. Has financial responsibility in his/her home office (functions as approver of all expenditures and serves as signatory on bank accounts), responsibility for financial controls, and contract/subaward for submission to final signatory. Performs quality oversight of financial management in other offices within his/her portfolio (e.g. where a Deputy Country Director may serve as signatory/approver of financial documents), conducting periodic reviews of expenditures for accuracy and reasonableness. Maintains currency of the operational, political, and legal environment within the host countries and keeps senior management informed of environmental shifts that might positively/negatively impact operations. Creates and recommends operating and capital budget requirements for each country in the portfolio and manages and is accountable for adhering to the ultimately approved budget without degradation of service or mission accountabilities. Mentors and trains staff in strategic implementation of programs, overall program management, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting. Ensures all approved targets and components are effectively resourced to optimize attainment of the objectives. Provides leadership, coaching, counseling, development, and, where appropriate, applies discipline, to and through assigned employees. Hires and terminates local staff. Performs other related duties as required.

Basic Qualifications & Interests Possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university and at least ten years’ experience in program and/or development activities, one year of which must have been overseas; OR, possession of a Juris Doctorate from an ABA-accredited law school or foreign equivalent and at least seven years’ experience in program and/or development activities, one year of which must have been overseas.

At least seven years’ experience supervising a team which must have included providing performance feedback to direct reports.

Preferred Qualifications & Interests

Previous work experience in a not-for-profit, association, and/or NGO setting.

Demonstrated experience in engaging with key donor agencies including (USAID, U.S. State Department, UK FCO, DFID, World Bank, UN and others), particularly in managing U.S. Government, USAID, NGO, or other similarly funded international contracts and grants.

Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate fluently in English and effectively in either French or Arabic.

Demonstrated field experience in the Middle East and North Africa region, coupled with 10 years of experience delivering international development, rule of law, human rights promotion, and anti-trafficking projects.

Experience or knowledge of legal reform and political issues in Morocco and the region.

Demonstrated experience in managing international development projects focused on advancing internet freedom, promoting data security, and strengthening online freedom of expression.

Familiarity with the socio-political context of Morocco, including an understanding of the challenges to national unity and civic identity. Well-established contacts with youth organizations, vulnerable population associations, minorities groups and local governments would be an asset.

Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships with Moroccan government entities, academic institutions, and other relevant stakeholders.

Physical Requirements Living outside of the United States in developing countries which lack standard amenities. Some locations’ conditions are sufficiently harsh enough to warrant hardship and/or danger pay.

Extent of Travel Required in the Job As a normal course of business, this job will typically require travel up to 40% of the time.

The American Bar Association is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with the American Bar Association please call 312-988-5188.Flexible/hybrid work arrangements may be available for residents of CA, DC, IL, IN, IA, MD, MI, MN, TX, VA, and WI.  Residency requirements may apply. ABA employees are eligible to apply for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF).

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