The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (“ABA ROLI”) seeks a full-time Program Director, to be based in Mexico City, who will manage an anticipated three-year program to strengthen Mexico’s federal public defender office during the country’s transition to the accusatorial legal system (“Program”). The Program will support the federal public defender’s office in training the country’s federal public defenders on criminal defense representation under the accusatorial system, strengthen its capacity to fulfill its mission, and educate the public on the importance of indigent criminal defense.

The Program Director will lead the Program in the following activities:
• Provide overall field responsibility.
• Develop and implement long- and short-term strategies, work plans, and activities.
• Manage international and local staff.
• Conduct financial oversight.
• Manage relations with donors and local and international counterparts.
• Provide technical assistance, including training in trial advocacy skills.

Job requirements include:
• An advanced degree in law.
• Professional fluency in Spanish and English.
• Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills.
• Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
• Experience in criminal defense litigation.

Preferred job candidates will also have experience in management of U.S. government programs in the region, and experience in the implementation of the criminal accusatorial system in Latin America.

ABA ROLI is a non-profit pro¬gram that implements legal reform programs in roughly 40 countries around the world. ABA ROLI has nearly 700 professional staff work¬ing 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 organi¬zations, including human rights groups.

Application: please visit http://www2.americanbar.org/hr/default.aspx to apply. Please note that due to the high volume of applications, we are only able to follow up with candidates selected for interviews.