• The Carter Center: Program Associate, Syria Conflict Mapping Project

    Job Number
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    The Carter Center
    The Carter Center
    This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
    Not Applicable
    Job Category
    Business Operations
  • Description



    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.




    Since 2012, The Carter Center has endeavored to analyze open-source information (such as social media posts and YouTube videos) related to the Syrian conflict in as much detail as possible, with the goal of assisting mediators and conflict responders. Using these publicly available resources, as well as information gleaned from regular consultations with stakeholders, the Center has documented and mapped over 100,000 conflict events in Syria (including clashes, aerial bombardments, artillery shelling, etc.), the changing relations between thousands of armed groups, and front-line changes.


    This information allows The Carter Center to provide mediators and conflict responders with up-to-date, detailed analysis of developments throughout Syria. Additionally, the Center maintains updated maps of areas of control throughout Syria, publishes regular conflict updates, and releases periodic in-depth reports on noteworthy conflict developments. All of this information is analyzed and shared directly with mediators and humanitarian organizations through a software tool provided by Palantir Technologies.




    The Program Associate organizes, coordinates, and supports many of the operational facets of the Syria Conflict Mapping Project. This position works with relevant staff at headquarters, field staff, consultants and external collaborators to achieve project goals. Incumbent responds to requests for information from media organization and relevant humanitarian and conflict resolution organizations. The Program Associate prepares budgets and reports and takes part in discussions pertaining to the planning and decision making at headquarters on the progress and goals of the project. S/he contributes to and edits reports, briefings, grants, and budgets related to the program. The position provides limited administrative support as needed. May supervise, interns, graduate assistants, and volunteers. This position represents the program at external meetings and conferences as needed. The Program Associate manages the project’s database and incoming sources of data through data cleaning and data management and liaises with partners as needed. Incumbent performs related responsibilities as required. Includes occasional international travel.



    • Master’s degree in international relations, information technology, political science or related field or three years of equivalent education, training, and experience.
    • Understanding of the Syrian conflict.
    • Strong collaborative problem solving and analytical skills, positive attitude and ability to work in a team setting are essential.
    • Applicant should be detail oriented, highly organized, and able to work under pressure and tight deadlines.
    • Exceptional initiative and follow-through skills that deliver measurable results are crucial.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills and facility with computers are a must.
    • Experience with databases, project design, and project management with an NGO, international agency or government agency is preferred.


    • Primary duty is organizing, coordinating, and planning operational facets of a global program and its related activities which include, but are not limited to the following: researching factors that may impact the success of the program, and working with individuals or groups to research and document program requirements in order to provide appropriate input.
    • Monitors and reports progress of objectives and goals of the program.
    • Develops promotional materials/venues, manages relational databases, and establishes/forecasts budget requirements.
    • Develops work plans to accomplish objectives and monitors progress toward their achievement.
    • Monitors expenditures and may prepare financial reports; may assist in identifying funding resources and developing fund-raising strategies and initiatives.
    • Prepares operational and statistical reports to assist in effective decision-making.
    • Conducts training, represents the program at international meetings and conferences, and networks with affiliated groups.
    • May write or develop reports, speeches, briefings, newsletters, promotional materials, grants or other written materials related to the program.
    • Conducts research and gathers accurate information to develop various publications.
    • May plan, administer, or monitor the program's budget or related grants.
    • May assist in developing and coordinating program-related conferences, conventions, or meetings.
    • May supervise staff.
    • Performs related responsibilities as required.
    • This is not an administrative support position.



    Bachelor's degree in a field related to the program and two years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

    Additional Details

    Min Rate
    USD $19.66/Hr.
    USD $26.35/Hr.

    Min Annual Rate
    USD $40,900.00/Yr.
    Mid Annual Rate
    USD $54,800.00/Yr.


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