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Vice President, Peace Programs

Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn in partnership with Emory University, The Carter Center was created to advance peace and health worldwide. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, The Carter Center is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. The Center seeks to actively prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health. As a nongovernmental organization, the Center has helped to improve life for people in more than 80 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases and improving mental health care.

The Carter Center collaborates with other organizations, public or private, in carrying out its mission around the world. For additional information regarding accomplishments, leadership, governance, and current programs, please visit The Carter Center.


The Carter Center is recognized as a pioneer and leader in the field of election observation. It has monitored 107 elections in 39 countries, helping to ensure democratic elections that reflect the will of the people. When the Center first started observing elections in the late 1980s, the Cold War was ending and a wave of democratization was spreading globally. In the last 10 years, however, the trend toward greater democracy has plateaued, and citizens in many parts of the globe are now confronting challenges from authoritarian governments and narrowing political space.

Beyond elections, the Center seeks to deepen democracy by nurturing full citizen participation in public policy-making and by helping to establish government institutions that bolster the rule of law, fair administration of justice, access to information, and government transparency.

A culture of respect for human rights is crucial to permanent peace. The Center supports the efforts of human rights activists at the grass roots, while also working to advance national and international human rights laws that uphold the dignity and worth of each individual.

When democracy backslides or formal diplomacy fails, the Center offers conflict resolution expertise and has furthered avenues for peace in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia.

Since 1982, The Carter Center has shown that creating a world at peace is a very possible journey, one step at a time.


The Vice President (VP), Peace Programs is responsible for the overall direction, strategic planning, development, and implementation of initiatives aimed at advancing peace and fostering human rights in countries around the world, most commonly in poor and politically weak states. Current Peace program activities are focused in the following areas: human rights, democracy, access to information, conflict resolution, cooperation in the Americas and U.S.-China relations. The VP, Peace Programs oversees the leadership and professional development of more than 100 staff members located in Atlanta and international field offices, and the development and implementation of 30 program activities with annual budgets of approximately $25 million. This position reports to the Chief Executive Officer of The Carter Center and serves as a member of the senior leadership team, comprised of the Vice President, Health Programs, Vice President, Finance, and Vice President, Operations and Development. This full-time position is based in Atlanta and requires both international and domestic travel.


The VP, Peace Programs is required to have broad experience and deep substantive knowledge of international affairs and is a respected expert with a minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience at a senior leadership level, and a graduate degree in a relevant field. A terminal degree is desirable, as is proficiency in one or more foreign languages and experience working and/or living abroad. The successful candidate will be a decisive manager with a proven track record of managing and leading successful global teams, strong managerial and leadership skills, and proven ability to oversee complex international multi-disciplinary initiatives simultaneously. Extensive international experience in one or more of the following geographic areas is also required: Africa, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, or Asia. The successful candidate will have a record of distinguished service as a practitioner, ideally in a variety of organizational settings (e.g. international/multinational organizations, government, non-governmental organizations, academia, and/or independent consulting).

The ability to shape and implement the strategic vision for The Carter Center Peace Programs is a critical element for this position, as is the ability to effectively communicate with internal and external stakeholders. The successful candidate must exhibit leadership qualities to build accountable teams and manage change.


All interested candidates must apply with a cover letter and resume online to Job Number #30297 on the Emory University Careers website.