The Carter Center: Veterinarian Epidemiologist, Guinea Worm Eradication Program

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Regular Full-Time
The Carter Center
The Carter Center
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Not Applicable
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Research & Research Administration
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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 Veterinarian Epidemiologist directly assists the Director, Guinea Worm Eradication Program (GWEP) to monitor the status of national dracunculiasis eradication programs and provide technical assistance to understand the human-animal nexus to interrupt transmission. The veterinary epidemiologist will work with the Associate Director – Research and staff epidemiologist to ensure GWEPs implement effective (a) interventions against GWD transmission in the One Health framework, (b) surveillance networks for animal infections of GWD, (c) communication with communities and regional country officials, (d) personnel skill enhancement and training, (e) resource identification needed for program implementation, (f) and collaboration and communication with other government officials and partners in the veterinary sector. Due to the travel locations, Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) will be required.



  • Technical Support and Assistance: Extensively travels to countries to help establish, supervise, and advise GWEP staff regarding field interventions and operations. Provides technical support through training to field program staff as warranted and ensures these adhere to the Standard Operating Procedures established by GWEPs. Provides technical assistance to the GWEP data management team as warranted.
  • Communicates and coordinates technical and scientific matters with country representatives and other field staff, national GWEPs and ministries of health, WHO, donors, and other partner organizations.
  • Data Analysis: Assists in the collection and analysis of operations research data relating to eradication strategies, including epidemiological assessment, intervention, redundant surveillance, impact monitoring, and health education material development. Assists in the creation, preparation, and analysis of data sets.
  • Meetings: Represents The Carter Center at technical and non-technical meetings as needed. Assists in planning, coordinating, and executing workshops, program reviews, and other meetings.
  • Reporting: Prepares periodic oral and written reports, including trip reports, scientific papers, maps, national and regional planning documents, and presentations. Plays a major role in the development and publication of program newsletters, program review, and other proceedings, health education, and other materials. Maintains and expands current knowledge base by attending and participating in research and scientific conferences.
  • Program Support: Assists in identifying potential financial, technical, and material support for the program (including additional support for national programs), preparing grant applications to potential donors, and periodic reporting to current sponsors.
  • Research: Assists or takes the lead in the design, preparation of protocols, execution, analysis and publication of relevant operations research, as directed.
  • Policies and Procedures: Ensures compliance with all organizational policies and procedures. Coordinates efficient office procedures in support of program activities.
  • Professional Development: Maintains professional growth and development of self and program staff by identifying educational/training programs, professional organizations, activities, and resources to maintain knowledge of national trends and to promote leading edge expertise.
  • Performs related responsibilities as needed.


  • A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from an American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) accredited college or university, and an advanced degree in public health, and five years of relevant postgraduate experience in public health programming.
  • A license to practice veterinary medicine in any State or U.S. territory is required. Availability for extended (3-4 weeks) international travel to remote locations in endemic countries is required.


  • A doctoral degree in epidemiology, infectious disease ecology, or other public health related field.
  • A history of working with community-based public health programs or community development in Africa.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply veterinary epidemiological principles and/or procedures to design program initiatives and/or studies that investigate risk factors for infectious disease and evaluate the effectiveness of program interventions in rural settlements and/or pastoral societies.
  • Proficiency in model selection for statistical analysis of correlated, hierarchical, non-parametric, and/or complex data.
  • Experience utilizing qualitative analytic software (e.g. NVivo, MaxQDA, R, SAS, Stata) to perform analysis and generate reports.
  • Competency in geographic information systems (GIS) including the use of ArcGIS or Q-GIS software.
  • Skilled in preparing documents and maps electronically with accuracy, creating databases, and maintaining and updating GIS data layers.
  • Familiarity with Azure and PowerBI or similar software.

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 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.

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