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Senior Associate Director Rule of Law Program 

Client: The Carter Center ( )

Location: Atlanta, GA


Serving as the deputy to the Director, the Senior Associate Director supervises the implementation of the Rule of Law Program's country programming portfolio. The Senior Associate Director's primary responsibilities include: all aspects of international project management (design, implementation, and evaluation), fundraising, budget and grant management, staff supervision, and liaising with both Carter Center program and department personnel and external stakeholders. The Senior Associate Director supports the Program Director in setting overall strategy and assures that projects align with the program and Carter Center mission. This position requires international travel and HEAT training.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in a field related to the program and seven years of professional experience related to the program and previous supervisory and program/project management experience, or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.

Preferred Qualifications

Ten years of professional experience, with a minimum of three years of equivalent senior management experience. Proven expertise in the field of rule of law, transparency, democratic development, or good governance is required. Previous international experience is required. Exceptional written and communication skills. Candidates should be detail-oriented, well-organized, and able to independently manage multiple projects and lead teams. Strong knowledge of NGOs and project-based fundraising, prior living/working experience abroad, and a high level of proficiency is a plus.


Key Responsibilities:

PROJECT DESIGN, IMPLEMENTATION, AND MANAGEMENT: The Senior Associate Director will oversee country programming, ensuring projects align with strategic program direction. Oversight may include: design and implementation of projects; working with local staff and partners in the field and/or in countries of focus; preparing and submitting project grants, proposals, and reports to donors; evaluating performance; and measuring results against stated goals, assuring that deliverables are met.


DEVELOPMENT/FUNDRAISING: Work with the Program Director and The Carter Center development office to maintain relations with project granting agencies and to develop new funding sources. Lead preparation of project grant application content and supporting materials, draft or edit grant reports, and assure compliance with grant requirements.


STAFFING and SUPERVISION: Under the direction of the Program Director, the Senior Associate Director will be responsible for managing and supervising staff, field office teams, consultants, interns and volunteers.


STRATEGIC PROGRAM DIRECTION: The Senior Associate Director will support the Director in setting and realizing the program's overall strategy and future programmatic direction, including potential scaling and/or replication of country projects and identifying opportunities, informed by impact assessments and evaluation.


BUDGET MANAGEMENT: Supervise preparation of project budgets, including annual program budgets, the correct use of project resources, and the development of financial reports to donors concerning project expenditures. Work in close consultation with relevant program, field­office, and Finance Department staff.


COMMUNICATION: Write and edit correspondence, briefings, publicity materials, and specialized reports. Contribute to the production of broader program promotional literature. Finalize program publications consistent with donor requirements and in coordination with the Communications department.


REPRESENTATION AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: Represent the Program with both internal and external clients, including high-level interaction with political leaders, senior government officials, and representatives of other organizations; donors; and internal Carter Center meetings and committees, as directed. Attend relevant meetings, conferences, and fora on behalf of the Program; and may draft and present speeches/presentations.


NETWORKING: Maintain relationships with relevant partners and related organization, policy professionals, scholars, and others who support our work. Support close working relationships with other Carter Center programs and departments.



RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS: Conduct applied research by gathering, analyzing, and evaluating information on various issues using documents, interviews and consultations, as directed. Keep abreast of latest developments in the field of rule of law, access to information, transparency/accountability, good governance and human rights. 

To Apply: The Carter Center has contracted Global Recruitment Specialists to assist with this recruitment effort. Please email a cover letter and updated resume/CV to:


Patrick Shields, Executive Director and Search Manager
🌍 Global Recruitment Specialists “Positioning You for Success”
Norwalk, Connecticut (CT) 06851 USA
+1- 203-899-0499