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Graduate Assistantships: Conflict Resolution Program

  • Victor Tuazama is one of more than 50 Center-supported community justice advisors working in eight of Liberia’s 15 counties. Since the inception of the program, advisors have helped resolve more than 12,000 cases involving everything from boundary disputes to child support, from salary complaints to police brutality. (Photo: The Carter Center)

The 2018-2019 Conflict Resolution Program (CRP) graduate assistant will conduct a comprehensive lessons learned assessment of over 10 years of innovative peace-building and violence prevention work in Liberia undertaken by CRP’s Access to Justice project.

Since 2006, the Access to Justice project has developed and grown a highly regarded project that works to improve the quality of justice in rural areas through civic education, service provision, and policy dialogue. From an initial pilot in the immediate post conflict period, the project has evolved in response to the needs of citizens and government and developed a highly innovative and effective methodology, working at multiple levels and in a range of ways to empower communities to resolve problems at the lowest levels, consistent with the rule of law. The overall goal of the assessment is to draw lessons from the project’s work for post-conflict peace building through a detailed understanding of the methodology and impact of the project. The assessment will document the Center’s non-traditional approaches to post-conflict peace building, justice sector reform, and inclusive governance.

The graduate assistant will undertake the assessment through an analysis of existing project data, survey results, proposals, internal and external reports, evaluations, and key informant interviews. Key research elements will include:

  • Developing an understanding of the trajectory, successes, and failures of the post-conflict justice reform process in Liberia.
  • Developing a timeline of key events and decisions in the evolution of the Center’s Access to Justice Project.
  • Analyzing project data and related data sets to assess changes in the justice system, patterns of usage, and the impact of the project.     

From this, the graduate assistant will produce a comprehensive report that describes the Carter Center’s Access to Justice work over the period 2016-2017 with the overall context of justice sector reform, peace building, and good governance. The report will include analysis of key elements of the project including, but not limited to: civic education; working with customary leaders; community justice advice services; gender; violence prevention; and linkages to policy. Depending on the findings, individual policy briefs may be developed on each aspect of the above aspects of ATJ’s work.


  • 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.
  • A 20-hour per week commitment for a period of 9-12 months.
  • Academic background in political science, international relations, peace studies/conflict resolution, law, anthropology, Africa studies, or other relevant field.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Familiarity with post-conflict peace building and/or community legal empowerment.
  • Ability to organize and analyze both quantitative and qualitative data.
  • A high level of personal energy, positive attitude, interest, and autonomy.

Compensation: $14/hour

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Graduate Assistantship


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Application Open: Feb. 1-March 30

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