Program Officer, Law and Human Rights, Philippines

Location: Philippines
Program area: Law and Justice
Deadline: August 18, 2021

This position is open to Filipino nationals only.

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region? You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, The Asia Foundation addresses critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

If you share the same vision and commitment, we invite you to apply for this vacancy under Strengthening Rule of Law through Legal Aid Clinics in the Philippines (Legal Aid Project) program implemented by The Asia Foundation. The Legal Aid Project is a 5-year project supported by the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of International Narcotics and Legal Affairs that aims to help strengthen and promote rule of law in the Philippines. The Asia Foundation works in partnership with the Supreme Court of the Philippines, the Legal Education Board, the Philippine Association for Law Schools in the establishment of a national network of legal aid clinics and the enhancement of clinical legal education programs in law schools to increase access to free legal services. Phase 3 of the Legal Aid Project will run for 21-months beginning in August 2021 until March 2023.

Under supervision of the senior legal advisor, the program officer will manage the Legal Aid Project and oversee the day-to-day implementation of all its activities. S/he will monitor the progress of project activities using targets and indicators defined in the Legal Aid Project’s Monitoring and Evaluation; and s/he will coordinate with the Finance team on matters related to the budget, spending projection, and actual expenditures of the project plan. S/he is also expected to represent The Asia Foundation in high level meetings in the absence of the senior legal advisor and other program officers of the Law and Human Rights unit or when requested by the senior legal advisor, the deputy country representative, or country representative.


  • The successful candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in Law and should have passed the Bar. Must have at least three years’ experience in program management in an INGO or NGO setting, ideally in the areas of law or public policy, professional experience in handling or managing developmental projects, specifically those related to legal reform and access to justice.
  • Must have excellent oral, written, and presentation skills including the ability to quickly synthesize complex technical and programmatic issues into concise communication, and develop high-quality reports based on donor reporting guidelines.
  • Must have effective interpersonal and management skills proven through successful engagement with relevant stakeholders, partner organizations, and local government units.
  • Must be computer literate in MS Office and with strong team building, management, and administration skills.
  • Involvement and/or knowledge Philippine NGO community and government agencies particularly those working on governance and/or rule of law and access to justice issues is preferred

More details about this position. Interested applicants should also complete the Foundation Application Form and send it with a letter of intent to [email protected] on or before August 18, 2021. Position and project should be the subject of your email.