Program Associate – Atlanta based

Program Associate (NGO), Democracy Program, The Carter Center


Summary: Under the supervision of an Associate Director, the Program Associate organizes, coordinates and plans operational facets of the Democracy Program’s civil society capacity strengthening project focused on citizen observation 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, and assist with the security portfolio. With oversight, s/he will manage relevant budgeting, grant and sub-grants, accounting, and program files; monitors expenditures; and prepares financial reports. This position will 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. In close collaboration with other program staff, the Program Associate may assist in developing and conducting trainings. S/he may represent the program at international meetings and conferences, and network with affiliated groups. This position will work with Program Assistants to provide administrative support to the program, such as gathering and processing invoices; reviewing smart lists and ledgers; printing, distributing, filing, and archiving reports; and handling logistics, agendas, and relevant materials for meetings, conferences, and travel. With oversight and guidance, the Program Associate may supervise interns and volunteers. Includes occasional travel to the region.

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.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in international studies, political science, or related field.
  • Two years working on issues related to gender, human rights, governance, 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.
  • 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.


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