The Carter Center: Senior Program Associate, Conflict Resolution Program #74460

  • Contract
  • Atlanta

Carter Center

“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 works to prevent, mitigate, and resolve conflicts to build transformative and sustainable peace. The Conflict Resolution Program works toward an inclusive, holistic approach to peacebuilding – one that addresses various dimensions of the conflict – based on the belief that sustainable peace depends on engaging with everyone affected by the decisions made by the people at the peace table. It includes gender-conscious approaches in initiatives that go beyond the resolution of conflicts, reaffirming the importance of women’s multifaceted roles in all aspects of the peace and security agenda and the development of local solutions to global problems.

Under this initiative, the Carter Center currently supports programs in the U.S., the Middle East, and Africa. The Senior Program Associate’s scope of work will include but is not limited to support for the ongoing Syrian peace process and the Center’s mapping and dialogue initiatives.

Reporting to the Associate Director, the Senior Program Associate contributes significantly to the day-to-day implementation of the Carter Center’s efforts to advance peace. The Senior Program Associate will assist in the strategic design of activities; prepare and participate in programming, dialogue with local and international stakeholders; coordinate with field-based contractors and Atlanta staff; spearhead the continuing development of conflict mapping using technology; conduct field visits; develop grant proposals and budgets; manage grant and project budgets and expenditures; and oversee monitoring and evaluation of activities. The position is Atlanta-based, with regular travel to the Middle East and/or other countries for extended periods. Domestic travel is also possible. Due to travel requirements, Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) will be required.


  • The Senior Program Associate must demonstrate a high level of autonomy, professional rigor, and diplomacy, including a willingness to work flexible and at times long hours.
  • Experience working with georeferenced, conflict-related datasets and incorporating data visualization tools into analysis is preferred.
  • The ability to work across various fields (conflict resolution, security, human rights, human resources, technological innovation) and in a cross-cultural manner are key.
  • Experience living/working in the Middle East is a plus as well as proficiency in written and spoken Arabic.
  • Strong ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, computer skills, and teamwork are a must. Bachelor’s degree in history, political science, international relations, peace studies/conflict resolution, public health, sociology, anthropology, journalism, regional studies (Africa and Middle East), gender studies or another applicable field is preferred.
  • Familiarity with Syria and/or the Middle East is an asset but not required.


  • Designs, implements, coordinates operational facets of a specific program and its related activities.
  • Manages work plans that are designed to accomplish program goals and objectives, and implements changes for improvement and efficiency.
  • Makes decisions on behalf of the program based on critical analyses of operational/statistical reports, financial data and budget forecasts, and outside trends and factors related to the program.
  • May plan, administer or monitor the program’s budget, financial management, and/or grants.
  • Takes a leadership role on program-related committees and teams.
  • May develop fund raising initiatives, including researching and identifying funding sources and writing and submitting grant proposals.
  • Conducts program research and ensures that mandatory operational and statistical reports are fact-based and comply with regulations.
  • Serves as liaison with other groups and organizations participating in the program or seeking knowledge of the program, and may write and give speeches/presentations at conferences, university functions, or before various boards.
  • May supervise staff.
  • Ensures that complete and accurate program records are kept and maintained.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in a field related to specified program areas AND Four years related program management experience, or equivalent combination of experience, education, 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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