Program Associate, Democracy Program #77749

The Carter Center

About the organization

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.

The Carter Center collaborates with other organizations, public or private, in carrying out its mission around the world. Current information about the Center’s many programs and activities are available at The Carter Center.


The Program Associate organizes, coordinates and plans operational facets of the Democracy Program's projects. Works with relevant headquarters, project field staff, consultants and external experts to achieve project goals. Manages relevant budgeting, grant and sub-grants, accounting, and program files. Monitors expenditures and may prepare financial reports. May write or develop project and budget documents, reports, speeches, briefings, newsletters, promotional materials, grants or other written materials related to the program. May assist in identifying funding resources and developing fund-raising strategies and initiatives. Prepares operational reports to assist in effective decision-making. Conducts research and gathers accurate information to develop publications. Represents the program at international meetings and conferences, and networks with affiliated groups. Provides limited administrative support, and assists in handling logistics for meetings, observation missions or other overseas programmatic activities, conferences and travel. May supervise employees, interns, work-study students, volunteers. Performs related responsibilities as required. Includes occasional travel. This position will report to the Associate Director, Democracy Program. Due to travel requirement, Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) will be 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.

Post-graduate degree in international studies, political science, public policy or related field, or Juris Doctorate.
Two years working on issues related to human rights, governance, elections and/or related areas.
Program management experience and proficiency in developing and implementing programs related to human rights, CSO capacity building, governance, elections and/or related areas.
Experience in supervision; budget preparation, tracking and execution; and relationship building.
Familiarity with NGOs and project-based fundraising.
Exceptional initiative and follow through skills delivering measurable results are crucial.
Strong collaborative problem solving and analytic skills, high level of personal energy, positive attitude and ability to work in a team setting are essential.
Detail-oriented, highly organized, and able to work under pressure and tight deadlines.
Excellent written and oral communication skills and facility with computers are a must.
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, as well as relevant election monitoring experience.
Ability to communicate effectively in a foreign language (French, Arabic)

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