Deputy Country Director, Côte d’Ivoire (Anticipated)


Cote d Ivoire


American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative

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ABA ROLI is a non-profit pro­gram that implements legal reform programs in roughly 60 countries around the world.  ABA ROLI has nearly 700 professional staff work­ing abroad and in its Washington, D.C. office. ABA ROLI’s host country partners include judges, lawyers, bar associations, law schools, court administrators, legislatures, ministries of justice and a wide array of civil society organi­zations, including human rights groups. 


The ABA Rule of Law Initiative is seeking an experienced Country Director in anticipation of a potential Justice Sector Support Program in Côte d’Ivoire. The five-year judicial administration, accountability and access to justice program was developed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and will develop training and capacity-building for key judicial actors (judges, magistrates, court clerks, judiciary police investigators, prosecutors and state defense attorneys), improve case management systems, strengthen the office of the inspectorate, and expand access to the formal legal system through community-based legal education and access to public funds for legal defense. Key institutional partners will include the Ministry of Justice, National Judicial Training Institute, National Police Academy and Inspector General of Judicial Services, and civil society organizations. The overall program will be implemented in coordination with the Ministry of Justice and other international development partners implementing rule of law reform programs in the country.

This is an anticipated position and is contingent upon funding.



The Deputy Country Director will support Country Director to provide overall guidance and direction for the Justice Sector Support Program in Côte d’Ivoire and also will provide direction to the program & operation teams as it seeks to achieve agreed-upon targets and long-term strategic objectives. S/he will:

  • Assist Country Director for the overall implementation, monitoring and evaluation of ABA ROLI’s program activities in Côte d’Ivoire, in coordination with institutional partners and USAID;
  • Manage international and local staff, as well as contractors, and pro bono legal specialists;
  • Maintain strong and effective working relationships with sub-grantees namely through consultative meetings, site visits and reporting requirements; working out solutions to keep activities on track;
  • Oversee the financial and administrative management of the program in compliance with USAID rules and regulations;  
  • Assist Country Director to identify program methodologies, develop long-term and short-term strategies and work plans alongside local counterparts;
  • Oversee quality monitoring and evaluation of program to ensure that impact and success is tracked, and that challenges and lessons learned are documented and shared through quality reporting on a quarterly and annual basis.


Applicants should have a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience with a demonstrated track record of progressively responsible managerial experience implementing complex donor-funded rule of law or governance related projects. The ideal candidate will have:

  • Previous experience as a Deputy Country Director is desired;
  • Proven leadership and organizational skills, successfully managing and coordinating large and disparate work groups;
  • Strong communication skills, both interpersonal and written, to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the Program;
  • Substantial experience with monitoring and evaluation of donor-funded projects, preferably democracy and governance improvement efforts;
  • Advance knowledge of management processes and systems implementation, such as human resources management and development (including performance evaluation), financial management, and management of employee compensation systems;
  • Familiarity with the requirements of USAID grants under contracts mechanisms is desirable;
  • A graduate degree in a relevant field (law, public administration, business administration, international relations, political science);
  • Prior experience working in Africa preferably Francophone Africa is desired;
  • Fluency in spoken, written and reading in English, and solid technical professional proficiency in French.


Applications will be reviewed and candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the high volume of applicants, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.