The Carter Center: Associate Director, Global Behavioral Health

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The Carter Center
The Carter Center
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Carter Center

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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 and 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 Associate Director (AD) reports to the Senior Associate Director of the Mental Health Program’s Global Behavioral Health Team. The AD leads on global mental health project design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. Responsibilities include carrying out applied research, implementing and managing projects, contributing to program publications, facilitating expert meetings, developing and executing project budgets, and staff supervision. 20% travel is expected. Due to the travel locations, Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) will be required. The AD focuses on the following:


(i) Providing programmatic and administrative leadership. The AD will be responsible for staff, project, and budget management, as well as develop grant proposals and support donor relationship-building to reach sustainability and growth objectives.

(ii) Strengthening key technical areas of interest. This includes driving and supporting project design, implementation and programmatic innovation around early intervention and prevention, maternal mental health, mental health and neglected tropical diseases, mental health and peacebuilding, and other relevant program priorities. In addition, the AD will be have responsibility to support the mental health programs portfolio on violence prevention, human rights and mental health in the U.S. and ensure bridges to and coherency with the U.S.-focused Mental Health Public Policy pillar of work. The AD helps ensure efforts are cross-programmatic, align with strategies for Health and Peace Programs and the Carter Center as a whole, and are in concordance with its mission.


(iii) Supporting the program’s visibility and knowledge production overall and in key thematic areas through organizational reports, peer-reviewed publications, and active engagement and advocacy with high-level partners. The AD will be responsible for facilitating convening and disseminating programmatic experiences and efforts.



  • Directs the planning, development, and operations of a program.
  • Collaborates with representatives from private, government, and international agencies.
  • Plans, executes, and monitors program budgets, including approval of expenditures; prepares annual financial and program reports to external parties with interests in the program.
  • May engage in fundraising initiatives on behalf of the program.
  • Ensures that the program is in compliance with federal and international laws and regulations.
  • Oversees program communications, including development of communications strategies, development of key program messages, production of print and electronic materials, and reputation management.
  • Represents the program in various national and international fora, and actively engages with representatives from other NGO's for purposes of conducting research and designing new initiatives.
  • May supervise program staff.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Bachelor's degree in field related to specific program as indicated and six years program related experience, or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.



  • Graduate degree in public health, mental health discipline or related field.
  • A minimum of five years related international health, education or international development /program management experience is required, along with a demonstrated proficiency in project management, developing and implementing activities, staff supervision, budget preparation and execution, and partnership building.
  • Demonstrated experience working in low or middle income country.
  • Excellent writing skills including writing for internal and executive staff as well as for the general public and funding proposals.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in monitoring and evaluation of data from project activities and the collection, analysis and reporting of data.
  • Skilled public speaker.
  • Experience starting, overseeing and/operating a mental health or health related program in a low or middle income country a plus.

NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home regularly but must be able to commute to The Carter Center on a flexible weekly schedule based upon business needs. Schedule is based on agreed upon guidelines. The Carter Center reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer. The Carter Center requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption.

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