The Carter Center: Program Associate, Democracy Program

Job Number 77749

Job Type: Regular Full-Time

Division: The Carter Center

Department: The Carter Center

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Not Applicable

Job Category Business Operations

Location : Name. Carter Center

Campus Location (For Posting) : Location. US-GA-Atlanta

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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.

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 Carter Center is recognized as a pioneer and leader in the field of election observation. It has monitored 113 elections in 39 countries, helping to ensure democratic elections that reflect the will of the people. When the Center first started observing elections in the late 1980s, the Cold War was ending and a wave of democratization was spreading globally. In the last 10 years, however, the trend toward greater democracy has plateaued, and citizens in many parts of the globe are now confronting challenges from authoritarian governments and narrowing political space.

Beyond elections, the Center seeks to deepen democracy by nurturing full citizen participation in public policy-making and by helping to establish government institutions that bolster the rule of law, fair administration of justice, access to information, and government transparency. A culture of respect for human rights is crucial to permanent peace. The Center supports the efforts of human rights activists at the grass roots, while also working to advance national and international human rights laws that uphold the dignity and worth of each individual. When democracy backslides or formal diplomacy fails, the Center offers conflict resolution expertise and has furthered avenues for peace in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia. Since 1982, The Carter Center has shown that creating a world at peace is a very possible journey, one step at a time.


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. 


  • Primary duty is organizing, coordinating, and planning operational facets of a global program and its related activities which include, but are not limited to the following:
    • Researching factors that may impact the success of the program, and working with individuals or groups to research and document program requirements in order to provide appropriate input.
    • Monitors and reports progress of objectives and goals of the program.
    • Develops promotional materials/venues, manages relational databases, and establishes/forecasts budget requirements.
    • Develops work plans to accomplish objectives and monitors progress toward their achievement.
    • Monitors expenditures and may prepare financial reports; may assist in identifying funding resources and developing fund-raising strategies and initiatives.
    • Prepares operational and statistical reports to assist in effective decision-making.
    • Conducts training, represents the program at international meetings and conferences, and networks with affiliated groups.
    • May write or develop reports, speeches, briefings, newsletters, promotional materials, grants or other written materials related to the program.
    • Conducts research and gathers accurate information to develop various publications.
    • May plan, administer, or monitor the program’s budget or related grants.
    • May assist in developing and coordinating program-related conferences, conventions, or meetings.
    • May supervise staff.
    • Performs related responsibilities as required.
    • This is not an administrative support position.


  • 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 that deliver measurable results are crucial.
  • 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.
  • Applicant should be 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,  specifically French or Arabic, is desirable.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

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 remote work status with notice to employee.

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