The Carter Center: Senior Country Representative, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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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 Senior Country Representative (SCR) provides strategic, administrative, and operational oversight of the Carter Center’s programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), including the Citizen Observation and Human Rights House programs based in Kinshasa, and the Extractive Industries Governance program based in Lubumbashi. As the senior representative of The Carter Center in DRC, (s)he maintains collaborative relationships with government officials, representatives of international organizations, donors, and partner organizations. The SCR supervises personnel and manages financial, administrative, and logistical operations of the country office, while simultaneously working with Atlanta, in-country staff, consultants, and external experts to achieve the programs’ goals. (S)he ensures the efficient operation of The Carter Center in the DRC and supports effective and strategic program implementation. The Senior Country Representative, DRC reports to the Vice President, Overseas Operations, with programmatic communication lines to Atlanta-based Associate Directors. This position is based in Kinshasa, with travel to other parts of the DRC. Due to travel requirement, Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) will be required.



  • Serves as a liaison to an assigned country.
  • Directs strategic planning, development, and implementation of program initiatives.
  • Ensures that the interests of the program are properly represented and managed.
  • Advises the program director in the review and evaluation of program initiatives.
  • Develops program policies and procedures specific to the country of assignment and monitors the project through implementation.
  • Works closely with the host country's governmental agencies, as applicable, as well as non-governmental organizations.
  • 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.
  • Plans, administers and monitors the program budget.
  • Oversees required record-keeping and the preparation of operational, statistical and briefing reports.
  • Develops short and long term program goals.
  • Provides leadership and overall management to locally recruited personnel in the country of assignment.
  • Oversees human resources functions.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.


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


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both French and English are required.
  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a field relevant to operations, international affairs, or other development-related field preferred.
  • Seven to ten years of progressively responsible experience, including five years’ experience managing country office programs, administration, finances, operations, security, and personnel (or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training).
  • Experience with programs related to democracy, human rights, natural resource governance, or civil society strengthening is desired.
  • Advanced financial and human resource management skills are required.
  • Applicant should possess strong analysis, including monitoring and evaluation, problem solving, prioritization, and risk-management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, cross-cultural understanding, and the ability to manage diverse, multi-disciplinary, geographically remote teams are crucial.
  • Demonstrated experience in team building, conflict resolution, ensuring participation, promoting mutual respect, and active listening is critical.
  • Proven fundraising success and experience working with donors, government officials and international organizations are essential.
  • Experience working in the DRC or the Great Lakes region is a plus.
  • Facility with computers and proficiency in MS Office 365 are a must.
  • Applicant should be well-organized, able to work under pressure and tight deadlines, and comfortable with ambiguity.



NOTE: Position tasks are generally required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location.  Remote work from home day options may be granted at department discretion. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.

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