The Carter Center: Program Assistant, Guinea Worm Eradication Program

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Miscellaneous


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.


Since 1986, The Carter Center has led the international campaign to eradicate Guinea worm disease, working closely with ministries of health and local communities, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and many others. Guinea worm disease could become the second human disease in history, after smallpox, to be eradicated. It would be the first parasitic disease to be eradicated and the first disease to be eradicated without the use of a vaccine or medicine.


The Program Assistant is responsible for providing the necessary support to the Guinea Worm Eradication Program (GWEP) by answering phones; drafting correspondence; handling logistics of meetings, conferences and special projects; researching information for reports and presentations; preparing and processing travelers; assisting staff with administrative functions; assisting in submission of publications; maintaining office functionality; and handling department procurement.


  • Fluency in written and spoken French is required.

  • A bachelor's degree in business administration, communications or a related field.

  • Three years of office administration, senior secretarial or related experience or seven years of office administration, senior secretarial or related experience in lieu of a bachelor's degree.

  • The successful candidate will have the ability to work in a fast paced environment and must exhibit a cordial demeanor and be capable of day to day organization and follow-up.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Adobe Acrobat are required.

  • Experience with international travel or work is beneficial, but not required.


  • 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 high school diploma or equivalent AND five years of administrative experience, OR a bachelor's degree. Proficiency with various personal computer software applications.

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