The Carter Center: Deputy Country Representative, Guinea Worm Eradication Program (GWEP) #73778

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 Guinea Worm Eradication Program:

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 Deputy Country Representative (DCR) assists the South Sudan Guinea Worm Eradication Program (SSGWEP) and the Trachoma Control Program. The location of this assignment is South Sudan. Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) will be required. The DCR will oversee the Operations department of the program and supervise technical field staff under the direct supervision of the Country Representative (CR) to South Sudan, and will represent the CR/Carter Center before the Ministry of Public Health, including the National Coordinator, SSGWEP and partner organizations in South Sudan. The Director, Dracunculiasis Eradication, and the Vice President for Health Programs are the primary providers of direction and guidance concerning priorities and action steps to be implemented regarding the eradication of dracunculiasis. The Vice President, Overseas Operations is the primary supervisor for administrative, financial, and operational guidance for the program. In the absence of the CR, the DCR assumes all roles and responsibilities of the CR.


  • Master’s degree in Public health or a field related to the program and five years of program-related experience.
  • Proven ability to work successfully in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Track record of conducting program administration and field assessments.
  • Experience with project management, including field teams.
  • Experience in conducting and planning operational support.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.


  • 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.

Please note the internal job title is Senior Program Associate.