Senior Program Manager, Justice Defenders Program

The American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Human Rights is seeking a human rights attorney with experience supervising attorneys to join its Justice Defenders Program as a Senior Program Manager.  Candidates with substantial experience working in Latin America and the Caribbean and/or the Middle East and North Africa are preferred. 

Experience working on labor or business and human rights is also preferred.  All applicants must have authorization to work in the United States.  The ABA does not sponsor visas. 

The Senior Program Manager will report directly to the Director of the Justice Defenders Program. Responsibilities include:

  • Supervision/Case Management: The Senior Program Manager shall supervise 1-2 staff attorneys coordinating the provision of pro bono assistance and conducting trial observations.  
  • The Senior Program Manager will provide strategic guidance on advocacy activities, ensure compliance with relevant policies and track the budget for the region(s).
  • Program Development: The Senior Program Manager shall manage the Center’s pro bono network, assist in program design and the development of proposals, participate in donor relations, and oversee monitoring and evaluation of grant activities.

Please note Program staff are expected to travel up to 25% of the time.  The Senior Program Manager shall be expected to begin immediately, and no later than one (1) month after notification of their successful application.

Basic Qualifications

  • The successful candidate must have a bachelor's degree and 7 years’ experience, a master's and 5 years’ experience, or a JD and 4 years’ experience.
  • Experience in working with USG funded programs.
  • Experience or knowledge of legal reform issues in country or region where placed.
  • Language proficiency required or extremely helpful depending on region.
  • Management experience required.

How To Apply

Please upload a detailed cover letter, resume or CV, three references, and a legal writing sample to the American Bar Association Employment Portal

Program Officer, Center for Human Rights

The American Bar Association Center for Human Rights is the Association’s focal entity for critical human rights concerns in the United States and around the world. The Center is seeking a Program Officer to assist with day to day administration and regional programmatic support.

The Program Officer works in conjunction with regional staff attorneys to provide substantial research and case management support to regional portfolios, provide programmatic monitoring and evaluation, in addition to advanced budget and financial management assistance.

Principal Duties/Job Responsibilities

  • Assists in the creation of elementary aspects of work plan development and tracks all aspects of program implementation.
  • Participates in the development of projects and supports budgetary requirements.
  • Assists in the preparation and editing reports to and for donors.
  • Provides support to and is accountable for logistical arrangements for domestic and
    international events and is accountable for the preparation of relevant briefing materials.
  • Provides support in the development of M&E plans and programs
  • Assigns, coordinates, and participates in research activities as assigned.
  • Assists in all compliance efforts with ABA and other donor policies, practices, procedures, and regulations.
  • Accountable for adherence to and compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act [FCPA].
  • Monitors program finances and expenses, and updates funding charts.
  • Conducts research related to Program initiatives.
  • Performs other related duties as required. 

Basic Qualifications & Interests (BQIs)

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent work experience.
  • At least two (2) years of work experience in a program management capacity. 

Preferred Qualifications & Interests (PQIs)

  • Master’s degree or Juris Doctorate from an accredited college or university.
  • Previous work experience overseas.
  • Proficiency, if not fluency, in one or more of the host country’s official languages.
    Previous work experience in a not-for-profit, association, and/or NGO setting. 

 As a normal course of business, this job will typically require travel of up 20% of the time.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to with the subject line "[LAST NAME]: Program Officer Application". Please also apply through the American Bar Association Employment Portal

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Fall, Spring & Summer Internships

The American Bar Association Center for Human Rights seeks experienced legal interns on a recurring basis. Interns will work closely with our regional staff attorneys, human rights groups and pro bono attorneys to provide legal assistance to human rights defenders who are the subject of harassment in retaliation for their advocacy efforts in the region. The Intern will gain invaluable insight into human rights litigation and advocacy.

Depending on the needs of our cases at any given time, interns should expect to do several of the following tasks: conduct legal research and draft pleadings, motions, and briefs, conduct supplemental fact-finding and assist at interviews; attend press conferences and briefings; draft editorials on key human rights issues; and, monitor ongoing human rights abuses internationally via human rights listserves and other news sources.

All interns must have a demonstrated commitment to public interest and knowledge of international law.

How to Apply

Applications must include the following:

  • cover letter
  • recent resume (please indicate language proficiencies) 
  • legal writing sample 
  • list of 3 references 

Please submit applications to Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.