Associate Director, Mental Health Program: Liberia and Global Mental Health Initiatives

The Carter Center
  • Location
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Nov 13

Position description


The Associate Director reports to the Director of the Mental Health Program. S/he serves as the Program Director’s deputy for Liberia and global mental health program management, including project management functions and relationships with external stakeholders. The incumbent’s responsibilities may include conducting applied research, managing program publications, facilitating expert meetings, and overseeing special global mental health projects outside of Liberia.

Key Responsibilities:

The Associate Director's main responsibilities include: strategic goal-setting and planning in coordination with Program Director, budget and grant management, program promotion and fundraising, design and implementation and evaluation of projects, institutional management functions, report production, and networking. The Associate Director may engage in short-term missions to countries of interest for expansion of work. S/he will be expected to provide analysis on issues of interest to the Mental Health Program Liberia and other global mental health activities.

1. Program Goals and Objectives: Participates in the development of short and long-term program goals and objectives by analyzing program strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and constraints and making recommendations to the Director.

2. Budget Management: Plans, administers, and monitors relevant project/initiative budgets, including capital equipment, operations, and personnel, by reviewing prior budget expenses, regularly reviewing year to date expenses, investigating variances, and taking corrective action to control expenses at approved level

3. Fund Raising: Identifies in collaboration with Development Office opportunities for project funding. Develops and writes grant proposals and reports, works with Director in maintaining liaison with donors, and serves as liaison to the Development Office. Oversees drafting of contracts and agreements with funding sources, government agencies, subcontractors, consultants and research contracts.

4. Project Design, Implementation, and Leadership: Takes lead in the design and implementation of global project activities including Liberia MHP sustainability activities, possible replication of programs tested in Liberia in other post conflict countries and the mental health of persons with neglected tropical diseases activities

5. Liaison and Representation: Represents the Mental Health Program with both internal and external clients, including visits of dignitaries, other organizations, donors and guests. Networks and promotes collaboration with other Carter Center Health and Peace Programs and International Operations, and represents the program on internal working committees, task forces, formal or ceremonial events.

6. Speaking Engagements: Writes and presents speeches as a representative of Mental Health Program / Carter Center at meetings, conferences, or drafts speeches for Program Director, the Carter Center CEO, or Mrs. Carter.

7. Supervision: Assists Director in managing Liberia and global mental health staff by resolving work related issues. Makes recommendations to Director related to hiring and performance management of global mental health staff.

8. Record-Keeping: Supervises program assistant in maintaining program records and filing procedures.

9. Policies and Procedures: Assists Program Director in establishing and implementing program policies. Assures that global mental health staff comply with Carter Center and program policies and that staff are aware of information that may affect their work. Seeks input and recommendations from staff on ways to improve operations.

10. Professional Development: Maintains professional growth and the professional development of self and staff by identifying educational programs, professional organizations, activities and resources to maintain knowledge of national trends and to promote leading edge expertise within the global mental health program.

11. Publications and Public Information: Writes and edits briefings, publicity materials, specialized reports, confidential correspondence and responds to written inquiries in collaboration with appropriate Carter Center Offices.

12. Research: Conducts applied/operational research by gathering, analyzing, and evaluating information on issues using documents, confidential materials, interviews and consultations with specialists, academics, and government and nongovernmental representatives. Supervises research in global mental health program.

13. Workshops: Designs workshops, consultations and symposia and oversees implementation.

14. Other: Performs related responsibilities as required.


Preferred Qualifications:

Graduate degree in public health, mental health discipline or related field.  A minimum of five years related international health, education or international development /program management experience is required, along with a demonstrated proficiency in project management, developing and implementing activities, staff supervision, budget preparation and execution, and partnership building. Demonstrated experience working in low or middle-income country. Excellent writing skills including writing for internal and executive staff as well as for the general public and funding proposals. Demonstrated proficiency in monitoring and evaluation of data from project activities and the collection, analysis and reporting of data. Skilled public speaker.  Experience starting, overseeing and/operating a mental health or health related program in a low or middle-income country a plus.

Application instructions

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The Carter Center/Emory University is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

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