Job Description

Program Officer Job Description:

The Program Officer shall be the vehicle for the maintenance of consistency and continuity of ABA ROLI programming. He/she shall have both programmatic and administrative responsibilities. Reports to directly to legal specialists, Director" id="link" class="link">Country Director or Project Director. May supervise support staff and interns on a project basis, with Country Director or Program Director approval.


  • Responsible for day-to-day administrative tasks related to Malaysia;

  • Work with legal specialists, Country Director, or Program Manager 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.

    • Plan workshops, potentially including their logistical arrangements, as requested;
  • Monitor legal and political developments, reporting them to legal specialists, Country Director, or program manager;

  • 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 linkages with volunteers, 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;

  • As requested, participate in ABA ROLI Annual Meetings;

  • And other duties as assigned.


  • University degree in Law, Human Rights, global affairs, public policy, International Relations, or another relevant field;

  • Minimum of 3 years working experience in human rights, public interest law, or a related field.

  • Willing to travel within Malaysia or on occasions, overseas;

  • Legal ability to work in Malaysia;

  • Fluency in English and at least one other Malaysian language;

  • Team player and able to mentor other staff in developing skills;

  • Integrity and adherence to high ethical standards.;

  • Flexibility to modify plans and behavior when necessary to meet a goal.

Please submit a cover letter and CV to with the subject line “Malaysia Program Officer” by February 28, 2023.

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter and CV to with the subject line “Malaysia Program Officer” by February 28, 2023.

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