The Carter Center: Director, Programs, Rule of Law Program

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Regular Full-Time
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 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. 




The Carter Center's Rule of Law Program (formerly known as Global Access to Information) works in partnership with governments, civil society, and international and regional bodies to improve governance and transform lives through a meaningful right of access to information and justice.


Access to information is a fundamental human right and a multi-dimensional tool serving both governments and citizens. Enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the right of access to information improves governance and lives, making public administration more transparent and accountable and enabling citizens to understand policies, help determine public priorities, and use information to ensure the exercise of their other human rights, including the rights to education, employment, and a safe environment.



The Program Director assumes primary responsibility for one or more major transparency projects under the Rule of Law  Program. Provides strategic direction, policy formation,  development strategy and management for multifaceted, cross programmatic project(s), including budget, fundraising, and public relations. Liaises with both Carter Center staff, and  external clients as required. May conduct applied research, manages publications, expert meetings, and other project(s)  responsibilities. This position reports to the Vice President, Peace Programs. Due to the travel locations, Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) will be required.




  • The Director's main responsibilities for the rule of law initiative include: strategic goal-setting and planning, budget and grant management, program promotion and fundraising, design and implementation and evaluation of complex, cross- programmatic projects, institutional management functions, report production, and networking. The Director should provide leadership on short-term missions to countries of interest, as well as expert analysis on issues of interest, such as  democratization, peace building, and regional consensus-building.
  • Development of short and long term project goals and objective by analyzing strengths, weaknesses,  opportunities, and constraints.
  • Plans, administers, and monitors relevant program budgets, including capital equipment, operations, and  personnel, by reviewing prior budgets expenses, regularly reviewing year to date expenses, investigating variances, and taking corrective action to control  expenses at approved levels.
  • Works with development department staff to develop opportunities for project funding. Develops and writes grant proposals and reports, maintaining an appropriate liaison with funders.
  • Designs and implements complex, cross-programmatic project activities in support of initiatives and Center's mission and provides leadership on selected projects and short-term country missions, as well as expert analysis on issues of democratization and transparency.
  • Represents Rule of Law with both internal and external clients, including visits of dignitaries, other  organizations, donors and guests. Networks and promotes collaboration with other Carter Center Peace Programs and Operations, and represents the initiative on internal working committees, task forces, formal or ceremonial events.
  • Writes and presents speeches as a representative of the Carter Center at meetings, conferences, and fora, or drafts speeches for Center leadership and President Carter.
  • Supervises staff in maintaining applicable project records and files.
  • Writes and edits correspondence. briefings, publicity materials, specialized reports and drafts confidential correspondence. Initiates, organizes and coordinates workshops, consultations and symposia.
  • Conducts applied research by gathering, analyzing, and evaluating information on various issues using  documents, confidential materials, interviews and  consultations with specialists, academics, and  government and nongovernmental representatives. Supervises research of staff and interns as required.
  • Organizes and coordinates workshops, consultations and symposia as applicable.
  • Manages multiple staff and interns. Responsible for project staffing and performance management.
  • Responsible for program’s compliance with all organizational policies and procedures. Develops  efficient procedures for the implementation of program activities.
  • 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.



  • Minimum of master’s degree in law, political science, government, public administration, human rights, international development, or related area, or a Juris Doctorate.
  • Seven or more years of program related experience in democratic development, governance, human rights, justice, access to information, anti-corruption, or related field.
  • Five years of managerial experience including  staff supervision and managing project budgets.
  • Strong writing, analytical, speaking, and communication ability in English.


  • Familiarity with NGOs and project-based fundraising.
  • Experience leading rule of law projects.
  • Skills in second  language strongly preferred.
  • Experience with field project implementation.
  • Ability to travel when required.
  • Expertise in designing and implementing cutting-edge approaches in rule of law, democracy, and/or good governance fields.
  • Preferred 10 years of experience in the field of rule of law, democracy, governance or related programming including in volatile and/or fragile contexts and 15 years of overall professional experience.


NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic, with intent to return to an Emory University location in the future.  Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.

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