The Carter Center: Country Representative, Overseas Operations

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Regular Full-Time
The Carter Center
The Carter Center
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Business Operations
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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 Country Representative (CR) is the highest-ranking Carter Center person and representative in Israel and Palestine and oversees the administration and operations of the Israel and Palestine-based programs. This position could be based in either Jerusalem or Ramallah and may visit and work in both offices. As the senior representative of The Carter Center in Israel and Palestine, (s)he is responsible for the design and management of Carter Center engagements as well as maintaining collaborative relationships with government officials, representatives of international organizations, donors, partner organizations, the media and visiting delegations. The CR supervises personnel and manages financial, administrative, logistical, and operations of the country office, while simultaneously working with Atlanta, country office staff, consultants and external experts to achieve programs’ goals. (S)he is accountable for ensuring the effective administration and operations of Carter Center activities in Israel and Palestine. Due to this position overseeing all Carter Center engagements as well as Peace Programs implementation, the Country Representative reports to the Vice President, Overseas Operations on all non-programmatic issues (e.g. security, human resource management/policies, finance management, office management, etc.) and to the Conflict Resolution Program’s Middle East Team lead for all matters related to programmatic performance in coordination with the Human Rights and Democracy programs. Due to travel requirements, Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) will be required.



  • Serves as a representative in the country of assignment.
  • Directs and manages the implementation of program initiatives in the designated country, including development of program policies and procedures.
  • Works closely with the host country's governmental agencies, as applicable, as well as other non-governmental organizations.
  • Responsible for managing the program objectives in the assigned country, and may supervise local staff.
  • Collaborates and develops relationships with representatives of other organizations to achieve program goals.
  • Directs contract negotiations with vendors/consultants in the country of assignment.
  • Researches, writes and presents program-related speeches.
  • Oversees required record-keeping and the preparation of operational, statistical and briefing reports.
  • Provides leadership and overall management to locally recruited personnel in the country of assignment.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • A bachelor's degree in a field related to the program area. Five years of related experience.


  • Master’s degree in a field relevant to peace, human rights, or related field.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both Arabic and English are required.
  • Five years’ experience managing programs, administration, operations, and personnel (or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training).
  • Experience with programs related to conflict resolution/negotiations, and/or political and electoral processes, and/or human rights, and/or international law and human rights standards and obligations, and/or governance, local capacity building.
  • A strong knowledge of Israel and Palestine and regional dynamics.
  • Demonstrated experience managing security issues.
  • Financial and human resource management skills.
  • Strong analysis, including monitoring and evaluation, problem solving, prioritization, and risk-management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, cross-cultural understanding and the ability to lead and motivate diverse, multi-disciplinary, geographically remote teams.
  • Demonstrated experience in team building, conflict resolution, ensuring participation, promoting mutual respect and active listening.
  • Experience working with donors, government officials, international organizations, NGOs and CSOs.
  • Proficiency in MS Office 365 and other technology.

NOTE: The Carter Center requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption.

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