The Carter Center: Senior Program Associate, Democracy Program


Support one or more major projects within the Democracy Program, including the day-to-day planning, design and implementation of multi-faceted initiatives. Backstop international field offices and programmatic activities. Designs training materials and workplans, overseeing day-to-day project implementation of field-based observation activities and CSO capacity building programs in Africa and the Middle East/North Africa region. Supports budget management, development of proposals, technical and donor reports, fundraising, and public relations. Liaises with both Carter Center staff and external clients, as required. May conduct applied research, manage program publications, supervise staff and interns, and other project(s) responsibilities as assigned. The Senior Program Associate will report to the Associate Director of the Democracy Program. Due to travel requirements, Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) will be required.  

Education & Experience
Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in a field related to specific program area and four years related program experience, or equivalent combination of experience, education and training.  

Strategic Program Management
Support the design, implementation and evaluation of the program’s mission, strategy, and work plan.  Keep abreast of latest developments in the field of human rights and good governance.

Project Design & Implementation:
Working under the supervision and oversight of the Associate Director, Democracy Program, develop and plan project activities, utilizing results-frameworks, and support budget and grant management, program promotion and fundraising, and report production. Design training materials and workplans, overseeing day-to-day project implementation of field-based observation activities and CSO capacity building programs. Provide support to data analytics and management in support and collaboration with monitoring, evaluation and learning team. Work with all relevant Carter Center staff and external partners to accomplish goals and objectives of approved projects.

Budget Management:
Plan, administrate, and monitor relevant project budgets, including capital equipment, operations, and personnel, by reviewing prior budget expenses and field ledgers, regularly reviewing year-to-date expenses, investigating variances, and taking corrective action to control expenses at approved levels, and development of spending projections. May draft budgets, budget narratives and spending projections, and evaluate project expenses to date. Supports implementation and oversight of partner subgrants and related documentation. Ensure that expenditures are consistent with Carter Center policies and procedures and other donor-specific requirements.

Development & Fundraising:
Identify opportunities for project funding, develop and write grant proposals and reports, and work closely with the Carter Center Development office on proposals and reports.

Field Office Support:
Provide support for the field office(s), including assisting field office staff in developing work plans, procurement, recruitment of staff and consultants, staff professional development, subgrant implementation, monitoring and evaluation, risk analysis, programming and operations.

Liaison & Representation:
Represent the program with both internal and external clients, including visits of dignitaries, other organizations, donors and guests, and internal committees, as requested. Conduct field-based meetings and establish and maintain relationships with relevant stakeholders in country, including civil society partners, international institutions and government officials. Network and promote collaboration within Carter Center Peace Programs, and represent the program on internal working committees, task forces, formal or ceremonial events.

Publications & Public Information:
Write and edit correspondence, training materials, briefings, publicity materials, and specialized reports. Support development of website and external communication strategies.  

Records Keeping:
Work closely with relevant Program Associate, Program Assistant and all program staff to maintain project files.

Conduct applied research by gathering, analyzing, and evaluating information on various issues using documents, interviews, and consultations with specialists, academics, and government and nongovernment representatives. Contributes to field-based research design and reports, providing substantive input and editing on survey research, observation methodology, democratic election standards and other technical areas of knowledge.

Professional Development:
Maintain professional growth and development of self by identifying educational/training programs, professional organizations, activities and resources to maintain knowledge of national trends and to promote leading edge expertise.

Policies & Procedures:
Ensure compliance will all organizational policies and procedures. Coordinates efficient office procedures in support of program activities.

Supervise staff, interns, volunteers, and work-study students by orienting, training, and providing performance feedback on an ongoing basis.

Perform other tasks as needed.


Specialized Knowledge, Skills, Attributes
Post-graduate degree and minimum of four years of program-related experience in international relations, democratic development, elections, human rights, law, gender and/or good governance. Strong writing and communication skills, familiarity with NGOs and project-based fundraising, and ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Demonstrated proficiency in project management, including supervision and relationship building. Experience in election observation, civil society technical support, survey research or other field-based research methods required. Prior experience in citizen observation, CSO capacity building, data analysis, monitoring and evaluation, and budgeting and budget management is highly preferred. Microsoft Excel skills are required. Experience living or working abroad in Africa or the Middle East/North Africa region, and French or Arabic proficiency are a plus. A high level of personal energy, positive attitude, sense of humor and ability to work in a team setting are essential. This position is Atlanta-based and will require domestic and/or international travel.