Carter Center Democracy Program, Mission Assistant (Program Assistant, ETS temporary hire)

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 is seeking a temporary mission assistant to support the Center’s observation missions in Tunisia and Guyana. The mission assistant will support all logistics and administrative aspects of the implementation of the election observation activities in the context of the 2019 presidential and legislative elections to take place on Sept. 15 and Oct. 6, 2019, respectively, in Tunisia and anticipated general elections in Guyana. The mission assistant will report to Atlanta-based project managers Brett Lacy and Sarah Johnson. The position is Atlanta-based, with some travel to Tunisia and Guyana through March/April 2020.

The deadline for applications is Sept 12, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Pending funding, the position is scheduled for approximately seven months.

Interested applicants should email their CV, cover letter detailing their interest and three references to:

Duties to be completed:

The program assistant supports administration and implementation of the Center’s election observation missions to Tunisia and Guyana, including assisting the project manager(s) and others to support recruitment and contracting of project consultants; coordinate travel for Atlanta staff and short-term observers (STOs); maintain spreadsheets of arrivals, departures, visas, and additional information; collect necessary paperwork from the STOs; maintain mission contact lists; help to prepare briefing materials for mission participants; and assist with distribution of materials ahead of the short-term mission. 

While overseas, the program assistant will support: STO airport pickups and drop-offs; STO briefings and communications; news briefings, daily briefing materials, news clips and leadership support; ELMO implementation; and distribution and collection of deployment supplies. S/he will process financial documents, including expense reports, and assist with the development of financial reconciliation paperwork for the field office.  

Upon return from the field, the mission assistant will provide support to STOs and consultants through the processing of travel, contract and financial matters; repatriation and inventory asset management following the election observation missions; editing and proofing of the final mission report and mission closeout through the first quarter of 2020.

Skills required:

Ideal candidates possess some or all of the following qualifications: 

  • A Bachelor’s degree, or a high school diploma or equivalent and five years of administrative experience;  
  • Familiarity with election monitoring and/or democratic governance programming; 
  • Experience in supporting and backstopping field offices and international programs, and coordinating travel and logistics;  
  • Experience and faculty with Office365 applications, including excel, word, SharePoint, and others; 
  • Ability to communicate clearly by email, Skype, and more; 
  • Exhibit cross-cultural understanding; 
  • Experience living or working in North Africa desirable;
  • French or Arabic language skills preferred but not required;    
  • Ability to work in difficult conditions, perform well under stress, work within a team, and maintain professionalism at all times.

Length of Assignment:

This position is slated for 7.5 months.