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Director Conflict Resolution Program

Director Conflict Resolution Program (CRP)

Client: The Carter Center -

Reports to: The Vice President for Peace Programs and advises senior Carter Center leadership

Location: Atlanta, GA USA


  •    Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.
  •    This position is Atlanta-based and onsite presence is required consistent with the Center’s flexible work arrangement policy. This role will be granted the                           opportunity to work from home regularly but must be able to commute to The Carter Center on a flexible weekly schedule based upon business needs


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 and 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 works to prevent, mitigate, and resolve conflicts to build transformative and sustainable peace. The Center has conflict resolution efforts underway in: Syria, where we support research and dialogue to identify options to prevent further violence and to remedy structural barriers to economic recovery, refugee return, and reconstruction. We research, analyze, and document conflict using open-information sources to better inform peacebuilding efforts. Israel-Palestine, where we work with Palestinian and Israeli partners to promote a resolution to the conflict based on international law, human rights – particularly equal rights – and dignity for all. Mali, where we serve as the Independent Observer of the 2015 peace agreement, reporting on the progress of the implementation of the agreement. We also advance local communities’ ability to mitigate conflict, reduce violence, and create conditions for health interventions in difficult-to-access zones. Sudan, where we develop local capacity to mitigate and resolve conflict in areas of the country most impacted by neglected tropical diseases and continue to explore other contributions during challenging times of political transition.



The Conflict Resolution Program (CRP) leads program strategy and development for The Carter Center’s initiatives preventing, mitigating, and resolving conflicts. CRP together with the Human Rights, Democracy, and Rule of Law Programs, which form the Peace Programs’ Pillars of Peace, collectively striving to advance The Carter Center’s mission Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope. The CRP Director provides overall leadership and expert analysis in parallel with supervision and management of staff (16) to the (currently 8) multi-faceted global programmatic activities in support of the Center’s mission and collaborates with internal organizational departments (finance, development, communications, human resources, international support, and monitoring & evaluation) to comply with policies and procedures. The Director works with external partners and collaborators, as well as national and international stakeholders including civil society, state officials, and international diplomats. The Director reports to the Vice President for Peace Programs and advises senior Carter Center leadership. Extensive travel to program countries and international fora is necessary. Due to the travel locations, Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) will be required.



  • The Director’s responsibilities include: strategic goals setting (short & long term), planning and orchestrating a research and operations agenda, designing and directing          the implementation of complex, cross-programmatic projects, and organizational management/administrative functions; analysis of program goals and objectives by                analyzing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and constraints.
  • Plans, administers, and monitors relevant program budgets, including capital equipment, operations, and personnel, by reviewing prior budgets and expenses, regularly           reviewing year to date expenses, investigating variances, and taking corrective action to control expenses at approved levels. Creates a collaborative environment for               whole team annual budget and program review processes.
  • Collaborates with the development staff to identify and secure opportunities for project funding and support responsiveness to donor requests. Develops and writes                 proposals and reports, maintaining an appropriate liaison relationship with funders. Meets with donors for in-depth discussions on initiative concepts, goals,                             implementation, and accomplishments.
  • Partners with and represents the program (internal & external) with non- governmental organizations, donors, government and inter-government agencies, think-tanks,       and educational institutions, domestic and international. May be assigned to working committees, task forces, formal or ceremonial events and visits of dignitaries.
  • Organizes brainstorming, consultation, and capacity building workshops, program reviews, attends in-country and international meetings, and represents The Carter             Center at other meetings, workshops, briefings, etc., as needed. Prepare oral and written reports, present papers, and presentations, and play a major role in the                         development and publication of program newsletters, reports, and other materials. Drafts confidential correspondences and speeches for senior leadership.
  • Manages multiple staff, consultants, and interns through mentoring, coaching, and performance/results-based metrics. Responsive to diversity, equity, and inclusion               considerations and overall staff morale. Responsible for overall program staffing and evaluating performance management and team effectiveness.
  • Responsible for program compliance with all organizational policies and procedures both in headquarters and the field offices. Develops efficient procedures for the                  implementation of program activities.
  • Maintains professional growth and development of self and program staff by identifying educational/training programs, professional organizations, activities, and                     resources to maintain knowledge of trends and to promote leading edge expertise
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.


  • Master’s degree in international relations, conflict resolution, law, social sciences, public administration or a related field, and ten years of related experience, which                 includes five years of managing international programs in conflict areas, or equivalent combination of education, experience, and training.


  • Seven years of managerial and leadership experience directing programs at a non-profit or other international development organization including multi- and/or cross-           cultural staff supervision, building teams, business development, and project management, preferably at headquarters and in country offices.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and adapt program successfully based on changing contexts, emerging priorities and staff needs, including concrete experience                       successfully navigating bureaucratic or other administrative processes while providing guidance to subordinates that ensures adherence to internal and donor policies and         processes.
  • An effective listener, collaborative leader, and clear communicator, including strong analytical and writing skills, with the ability to demonstrate results and articulate               impact.
  • Demonstrated expertise in designing, winning, and implementing conflict resolution programming for multiple donors such as bilateral donors, multilateral institutions,         private foundations, and individual donors; Experience working with counterpart governments, public speaking engagements, and writing for external audiences                   preferred.
  • Experience working in the areas of conflict, peace building, conflict mitigation, dispute resolution, violence prevention, conduct and regulation of armed conflict,                   women, peace and security, environment and conflict, conflict analysis, and/or related areas; Strong understanding of locally led development, conflict trends and                   analysis, data to support conflict resolution programming, or environmental drivers of conflict.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

Note: This position is Atlanta-based and onsite presence is required consistent with the Center’s flexible work arrangement policy.

This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home regularly but must be able to commute to The Carter Center on a flexible weekly schedule based upon business needs.  Schedule is based on agreed upon guidelines.  All non-exempt employees must reside within the state of Georgia. The Carter Center reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee

To Apply:

The Carter Center has hired GRS to assist with sourcing applicants for this position. Candidates are welcome to contact GRS with inquiries or to apply directly with a cover letter and CV/résumé to:


Patrick Shields, Executive Director, and Search Manager

🌍 Global Recruitment Specialists “Positioning You for Success”

Norwalk, Connecticut (CT) 06855 USA

+1- 203-899-0499




You many also apply directly via the Carter/Emory University Application website:

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