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.
Under this initiative, the Carter Center promotes a resolution of the on-going wars in Sudan and seeks to support long-term peacebuilding in targeted conflict-impacted communities. Activities center around the principle of facilitating dialogue between opponents with the aim of mitigating and resolving conflict.
Reporting to the Associate Director, the Senior Program Associate holds significant responsibility for the day-to-day implementation of the Carter Center's efforts to advance peace in Sudan. The Senior Program Associate will assist in the strategic design of activities, prepare and participate in programming, dialogue with Sudanese and international stakeholders, coordinate with national staff and contractors, conduct field visits, develop grant proposals and budgets, manage grant and project budgets and expenditures, and conduct monitoring and evaluation of activities. The position is Atlanta-based, with frequent travel to Sudan and/or the region for extended periods. Domestic travel is also possible.
The Senior Program Associate must demonstrate a high level of autonomy, professional rigor, and diplomacy, including a willingness to work flexible and at times long hours. The ability to work across various fields (public health, conflict resolution, law, human rights, elections) and in a cross-cultural manner are key. Experience living/working in the Horn of Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, or the Middle East, and professional fluency in written and spoken Arabic, are highly preferred. Strong ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, computer skills, and teamwork are a must. Master's degree in history, political science, international relations, peace studies/conflict resolution, public health, sociology, anthropology, journalism, regional studies (Africa and Middle East), or other applicable field is preferred. Familiarity with Sudan is an asset but not required.
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