Program Director, Conflict Resolution Program #59618

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.” 

Conflict Resolution Program:

The Carter’s Center’s Conflict Resolution Program works in countries around the world to prevent, mitigate, and resolve conflict to build transformative and sustainable peace. 


The Conflict Resolution Program (CRP) Director provides overall direction to program strategy and activities necessary to monitoring, facilitating, and mediating sustainable peace, and preventing, mitigating and resolving conflicts. CRP together with the Human Rights, Democracy, and Rule of Law Programs, which form the Peace Programs’ Pillars of Peace, collectively striving to advance The Carter Center’s mission Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope. The CRP Director provides overall leadership and expert analysis to the multi-faceted programmatic activities in support of the Center’s mission and collaborates with internal organizational departments (finance, development, communications, human resources, international support and monitoring & evaluation) to comply with policies and procedures. The Director works with external partners and collaborators, as well as national and international stakeholders including civil society to state officials, and international diplomats. The Director reports to the Vice President for Peace Programs and advises senior Carter Center leadership. Extensive travel to program countries and international fora is necessary. Due to the travel locations, Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) will be required.


  • Leadership level experience directing global peace programs and operations at non-governmental organizations, inter-governmental or government institutions at headquarters and field offices.
  • Experience with programs in the Middle East and/or Africa is strongly desired.
  • Experience working with the United Nations, the European Union and/or the African Union is preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; writing, editing and research skills required.
  • Proficiency in French and/or Arabic a plus.
  • Experience with budget and staff management essential. 
  • Experience managing donor funded projects desirable.
  • Seasoned manager will foster a collaborative culture of shared aspirations and accountability, and will be decisive, fair and clear.
  • Having financial, business and change-management acumen.
  • Will be equally effective managing at the hands-on, day-to-day level and directing projects strategy, planning, analysis and implementation.  


  • Responsible for strategic goals setting, planning and orchestrating a research and operations agenda, designing and directing the implementation of complex, cross-programmatic projects, and organizational management/administrative functions; analysis of program goals and objectives by analyzing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and constraints.
  • Plans, administers, and monitors relevant program budgets, including capital equipment, operations, and personnel, by reviewing prior budgets and expenses, regularly reviewing year to date expenses, investigating variances, and taking corrective action to control expenses at approved levels.
  • Collaborates with the development staff regarding donors, grants management, proposals submissions and report. Meets with donors for in-depth discussions on initiative  concepts, goals, implementation, and accomplishments.
  • Partners with and represents the program (internal & external) with non-governmental organizations, donors, government and inter-government agencies, think-tanks, and educational institutions, domestic and international. May be assigned to working committees, task forces, formal or ceremonial events and visits of dignitaries.
  • Organizes brainstorming, consultation, and capacity building workshops, program reviews, attends in-country and international meetings and represents The Carter Center at other meetings, workshops, briefings, etc., as needed. Prepare oral and written reports, present papers and presentations, and play a major role in the development and publication of program newsletters, reports and other materials. Drafts confidential correspondences and speeches for senior leadership.
  • Responsible for overall program staffing and evaluating performance management and team effectiveness. Supervises multiple professional and administrative staff located i n headquarters and field offices.
  • Responsible for program compliance with all organizational policies and procedures both in headquarters and the field offices. Develops efficient procedures for the implementation of program activities.
  • Maintains professional growth and development of self and program staff by identifying educational/training programs, professional organizations, activities and resources to maintain knowledge of trends and to promote leading edge expertise.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in international relations, conflict resolution, law, social sciences, public administration or a related field, and ten years of related experience, which includes five years of managing international programs in conflict areas, or equivalent combination of education, experience, and training.

NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic, with intent to return to an Emory University location in the future.  Emory reserves the right to change this status with notice to employee.

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