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Graduate Assistantships: Mental Health Program

  • Working with the Liberian government, The Carter Center has helped to create a corps of over 180 locally trained and credentialed mental health clinicians now serving all 15 counties in the country. (Photo: The Carter Center)

The Mental Health Program (MHP) seeks to optimize data collection for both process and outcome measurement in order to evaluate and inform program activities. The MHP graduate assistant would assist with two evaluation projects: one focused on the Behavioral Health and Global Health (BH&GH) program, and the other with the Behavioral Health and Media (BH&M) program.

Efforts within BH&GH will focus on assessing and further developing the monitoring and evaluation strategies currently in place in Liberia in order to improve data collection and support research for expansion to other countries, including documentation of “proof of concept” for replication and scaling.

Within the BH&M program, the graduate assistant will focus on assisting in the development of the Phase II monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan for the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism and improve upon data collection processes and analysis. A focus will be on collecting and analyzing comparison data, and the graduate assistant will work with both qualitative and quantitative methods. The graduate assistant will start with an introduction to our current measures and methods in both programs and will work in close communication with staff to learn the program components and design a work plan for the academic year.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop platforms for data management; research data policies for access; review data storage options and dissemination of analysis; data cleaning; identify publishing/collaboration opportunities
  • Assist in the development of the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plans
  • Coordinate and participate in meetings of the M&E advisory committee
  • Ongoing analysis of quantitative and qualitative data collected
  • Write reports and memos based on the results of the research
  • Create manuals for cleaning, troubleshooting, and analyzing and creating visualization for data that the program consistently works with
  • Development, distribution, and analysis of multiple surveys and other assessment tools throughout the year.
  • Conduct research to inform the design of new initiatives, including efforts in Haiti and interventions aimed at the intersection of mental health and neglected tropical diseases
  • Various other specific projects assigned to the graduate assistant as opportunities arise based on programmatic needs and the applicant’s interests

Project benchmarks include:

  • By the end of month 1, the graduate assistant will have reviewed and analyzed current M&E measures and methods in the BH&GH and BH&M programs
  • By the end of the third month, the graduate assistant along with staff and the consultant will have a fully articulated Phase II model with project plan for the BH&M program
  • By the end of 4.5 months, the graduate assistant will have developed a strategy based on the analysis to optimize data collection for the BH&GH program
  • By the end of the 9-month period, the graduate assistant will have in-depth experience at developing and assessing a multifaceted, multi-country health program evaluation plan in order to provide long-term recommendations and assess strengths and challenges of the BH&GH Monitoring and Evaluation Plan
  • By the end of the 9-month period, BH&GH will be able to more confidently synergize efforts in country, optimize resources to measure results and have made progress on documenting our framework in Liberia to demonstrate efficacy
  • By the end of the 9-month period, BH&M will have launched Phase II of M&E with some qualitative and quantitative data collected to ensure optimization of resources and to measure results

Deliverables include:

  • Mid-year report on MHP Liberia and BH&M M&E Strategy, including knowledge management and an implementation plan for the strategy
  • End of project presentation and summary report that includes recommendations (list of tools, methods, resources and corresponding analysis) and strengths and challenges of the M&E Plan


  • Currently enrolled graduate or doctoral student who has completed at least two semesters of academic coursework in a master’s or post-master’s level program
  • Coursework/fieldwork in program evaluation, quantitative and qualitative research methods, data analysis
  • A 20-hour per week commitment for a period of 9-12 months

Compensation: $14/hour

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Apply for a Carter Center Graduate Assistantship

Application opens Feb. 1-April 1, 2020.

Program: 9-12 MONTHS
(August Start)

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