The Carter Center: Epidemiologist, Trachoma Control Program

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The Carter Center
The 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 Program Epidemiologist will provide technical and scientific support to the trachoma control program.
  • The program epidemiologist will be involved in all aspects of the program but will have a primary focus on surveys;monitoring and evaluation of activities;surveillance; support of diagnostic development, and operational research. 
  • The program epidemiologist will be reactive and responsive to data from the Atlanta based staff and from in-country partners and will assist in the development and expansion of projects and with other Health programs, as needed.
  • This position will report to the Senior Associate Director-Research, Trachoma Control Program.
  • Due to the travel locations, Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) will be required.
  • The position brings and develops expertise in the fields of health science, epidemiology, data science, and programming languages as applied to global public health.
  • The Epidemiologist will provide advice on and employ the use of data science tools, methods, and statistical learning models to collect, link, process, code, classify, and analyze research, surveillance, and program intervention data.
  • The incumbent will assist in monitoring data quality issues and help develop automated systems and tools to process, clean, and verify data integrity while developing scalable data models and algorithms that can be applied to various topic areas.
  • The position will also design, conduct, and report on the epidemiological study of trachoma, and may assist in the development of interventions, standard operating procedures, field protocols, and health education materials.
  • The position will support the analysis and interpretation of data for both technical experts and lay users of the data, including structured and unstructured data of mixed types.
  • The Epidemiologist will prepare operational and statistical reports, leading to publishable articles in peer-reviewed journals and serve as a liaison to and work with other groups and organizations participating in related programs.


  • Provides technical and scientific expertise for programs in the areas of communicable disease, chronic disease and environmental epidemiology.
  • Designs, conducts and reports on the epidemiological study of diseases, collects and analyzes data and develops health education materials.
  • Manages and participates in investigations and surveys that have national and international impact.
  • Conducts program research and prepares operational and statistical reports.
  • May write publishable articles and papers.
  • Serves as a liaison to and works with other groups and organizations participating in related programs.
  • May travel internationally to supervise field operations.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.


  • A doctoral degree in a field related to area of research or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. International travel required.


  • Passion and enthusiasm for the aims of the program.
  • A Doctorate degree in a public health field (epidemiology, demography, biostatistics, Parasitology etc.).
  • Proven ability to independently work through all stages of a research project: writing a concept paper; writing a proposal; developing a manual of operations; developing data collection tools; understanding the need for review and ethical clearance; recruiting and training field staff; data collection; data entry and management; analysis; interpretation; preparation of reports and manuscripts; and dissemination of results.
  • Proficiency in programming languages such as R or Python and collaboration through GitHub and experience utilizing other qualitative and/or quantitative analytic software (e.g., NVivo, MaxQDA, R, SAS, Stata) to perform analyses and generate reports
  • Proficiency in model selection for statistical analyses of correlated, hierarchical, non-parametric, and/or complex data including data collected from complex surveys.
  • Competency in geographic information systems (GIS) including the use of ArcGIS or Q-GIS software.
  • Proven ability to work successfully in sub-Saharan Africa. A track record of writing and contributing to scientific publications and presenting findings in international fora. Experience of project management and managing field teams.

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.  All non-exempt employees must reside within the state of Georgia. The Carter Center reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee. 

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