Program Associate, Democracy Program #77745

The Carter Center

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The Carter Center is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization founded in 1982 in Atlanta, GA by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University. The Center has helped to improve millions of lives in more than 80 countries by waging peace, fighting disease, and building hope. The Carter Center is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. It seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.

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Under the supervision of an Associate Director, the Program Associate organizes, coordinates and plans operational facets of the Democracy Program's projects, including a civil society capacity strengthening project focused on citizen observation, election reform, and women's electoral participation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Program Associate will work with relevant headquarters and country office staff, consultants and external experts to achieve project goals, including liaising with the country office to provide operational and administrative support. With oversight, she/he will manage relevant budgeting, grant and sub-grants, accounting, and program files; monitors expenditures; and prepares financial reports. Draft and coordinate the development of grant reports, and may contribute to speeches, briefings, newsletters, promotional materials, or other written materials related to the program. S/he may assist in identifying funding resources and developing fund-raising strategies and initiatives. She/he may represent the program at international meetings and conferences, and network with affiliated groups. Work with Program Assistants to provide administrative support to the program, and may assist with the logistics, agendas, and relevant materials for meetings, conferences, and travel. With oversight and guidance, the Program Associate will supervise graduate students, interns, and volunteers. Hostile Environment Awareness Training required.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree in a field related to the program and two years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


Master's degree in international studies, political science, or related field.
Two years working on issues related to gender, human rights, governance, elections and/or related areas.
Previous experience with international or citizen election observation is desirable.
Strong collaborative problem solving and analytic skills, a high level of personal energy, positive attitude and ability to work in a team setting are essential.
Applicants should be detail-oriented, highly organized, and able to work under pressure and tight deadlines.
Exceptional initiative and follow-through skills that deliver measurable results are crucial.
Excellent written and oral communication skills and very high facility with computers are a must.
Advanced French language skills are highly preferred.
Prior living or working experience in a developing country is desirable.
Project design and management experience with an NGO, international agency, or government agency is a plus.

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