Program Assistant, Human Rights Program

The Carter Center
  • Location
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Aug 01

Position description

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 undertakes activities to support individuals and nations striving to realize the civil and political rights and responsibilities enumerated by the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights and a growing body of public international law.


The Program Assistant provides administrative and logical support to the Human Rights Program by answering phones; drafting correspondence and replies to inquiries; assisting with budget and financial administration; handling logistics of meetings, conferences, and special projects; preparing and processing travelers; assisting staff with administrative functions;  handling program procurement; assembling required reports, research information for reports, journal articles, and presentations; and assisting with social media and website content.  This position is Atlanta-based and involves domestic and international travel.


  • The Program Assistant is an administrative position and preference will be given to applicants with previous experience as an administrative assistant to senior level personnel. 
  • Applicant must be fluent in written and spoken English, and preference may be given to applicants with fluency in a foreign language, particularly French or Spanish. 
  • Strong written and communication skills and facility with computers and various software applications and tools, such as SharePoint, Microsoft Office Suite, and financial spreadsheets.
  • Applicants should have a proven ability to communicate well orally and in writing, function independently and proactively in a team setting, work in a fast-paced environment, and work effectively with diverse groups of people, as well as be detailed-oriented.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally is required.
  • This position is Atlanta-based.


  • Provides administrative and logistical support for projects, initiatives, and programs within an NGO environment. 
  • Assists assigned managers and team members by maintaining calendars, receiving and composing communications as correspondence, and replies to inquiries. 
  • Handles preparations, scheduling, logistics, and other various requirements for domestic and international travel. 
  • Drafts contracts, budgets, and donor reports with direction from manager. 
  • Processes financial documents including contracts, expense reports, invoices, etc. 
  • Writes routine reports and correspondence, and assists with the development of project/program materials. 
  • Organizes meetings and events. Works with and maintains data management and filing for projects/program. 
  • Serves as an administrator of work product with other programs/departments, i.e. finance, program development, public information, etc. 
  • Liaises and communicates with project consultants and field office staff, providing logistical and administrative support, as directed. 
  • Conducts research and provides support to one or more staff members in regards to project and programmatic efforts. 
  • May supervise work study students and volunteers. 
  • Performs other related duties as required. 


A Bachelor's degree, or a high school diploma or equivalent and five years of administrative experience. Proficiency with various personal computer software applications.

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