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Emory University The Carter Center: Senior Program Associate, Global Mental Health and Liberia in Atlanta, Georgia


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 .


Under the leadership of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a long-standing champion for the rights of people with mental illnesses, the Carter Center's Mental Health Program works to promote awareness about mental health issues, inform public policy, achieve equity for mental health care comparable to other health care, and reduce stigma and discrimination against those with mental illnesses.


The Senior Program Associate reports to the Associate Director for Global and Liberia Mental Health Program. The position works with the Associate Director in the design, implementation and evaluation/operational research specifically related to Global MH activities. The Senior Program Associate oversees development of project and donor budgets and manage expenditures. S/he drafts proposals and grant reports and develops project materials and other publicity. The Senior Program Associate assists coordination with partners in the U.S., Liberia, and other countries, and works with relevant consultants and external experts to achieve project goals. Incumbent provides supervision to Program Assistant, summer research assistants based in Liberia, and interns working on Global MH activities. Domestic and international travel is required approximately 20% of time, and s/he may represent the program in public.


  • Master’s degree in mental health, public health, public policy, or related field.

  • Extensive knowledge of global mental health policy, instructional design, community-based partnerships, or health systems strengthening is highly preferred.

  • Experience living/working in Sub-Saharan Africa, post conflict countries or low- middle income country.

  • Experience in international capacity building, human resources for health, disability rights advocacy, social welfare or health programs, including program administration, implementation, and program design and evaluation.

  • Individual should be detail oriented, well organized, and able to work under pressure and tight deadlines when necessary.

  • Demonstrated experience creating and monitoring detailed project budgets preferred and strong Microsoft Excel skills required.

  • Strong writing and communication skills and competence with computer applications required.

  • A high level of personal energy, positive attitude, and ability to work in a team setting are essential.

  • This position is Atlanta-based but may involve travel to Liberia and other low-middle income countries.


  • Designs, implements, coordinates operational facets of a specific program and its related activities.

  • Manages work plans that are designed to accomplish program goals and objectives and implements changes for improvement and efficiency.

  • Makes decisions on behalf of the program based on critical analyses of operational/statistical reports, financial data and budget forecasts, and outside trends and factors related to the program.

  • May plan, administer or monitor the program's budget, financial management, and/or grants.

  • Takes a leadership role on program-related committees and teams.

  • May develop fund raising initiatives, including researching and identifying funding sources and writing and submitting grant proposals.

  • Conducts program research and ensures that mandatory operational and statistical reports are fact-based and comply with regulations.

  • Serves as liaison with other groups and organizations participating in the program or seeking knowledge of the program and may write and give speeches/presentations at conferences, university functions, or before various boards.

  • May supervise staff.

  • Ensures that complete and accurate program records are kept and maintained.

  • Performs related responsibilities as required.


Bachelor's degree in a field related to specified program areas and four years related program management experience, or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.

Additional Details

Min Rate

USD $23.75/Hr.


USD $31.78/Hr.

Min Annual Rate

USD $49,400.00/Yr.

Mid Annual Rate

USD $66,100.00/Yr.

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Job Number 30164

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division The Carter Center

Department The Carter Center

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Not Applicable

Job Category Business Operations

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