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Graduate Assistantships: Global Access to Information Program


The Global Access to Information Program is seeking a qualified graduate student for the 2017-2018 session to assist in research, writing, and programming related to the access to information (ATI) legislation implementation assessment tool and support of advancing access to information commitments and implementation through the Open Government Partnership.

The Carter Center has promoted the passage, implementation, enforcement and use of the right of access to information for over 17 years. As part of our programming, we have developed the unique access to information implementation assessment tool (IAT), which assesses the extent and quality of ATI implementation. The Center finalized the indicators and methodology and is now seeking to apply it in various countries, including promoting the IAT, identifying impact of the assessment, and developing manuals and toolkits to support assessed government agencies. Moreover, with the recent Sustainable Development Goals including access to information implementation as one of the targets, the Carter Center seeks to identify opportunities to tie the IAT more closely to the SDGs.

Another means that the Center employs to advance the right of access to information is through the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a “multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.” There are now more than 70 countries that have joined the Open Government Partnership. The Carter Center serves as the co-anchor for the OGP access to information working group, supports peer-to-peer learning among governments, and encourages robust ATI commitments and implementation.
The graduate assistant will assist in research, analysis, and the development of materials and programming related to the Implementation Assessment tool and Open Government Partnership.

Activities may include:

  • Research related to implementation theory and compliance reports from target countries
  • Research and analysis on Sustainable Development Goal 16.10 related to access to information implementation
  • Development of manuals and toolkits to be used by assessed government agencies to support improved implementation
  • Drafting a scholarly article for publication on the Implementation Assessment Tool, its efficacy and impact
  • Research on OGP countries and support for more ambitious national commitments and implementation of commitments
  • Support in serving as the co-anchor for OGP Access to Information working group, including developing improved communication with working group, drafting and/or editing relevant papers, activities related to peer-to-peer learning such as targeted regional conferences

Qualifications:

  • 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
  • Demonstrated ability to independently conduct research
  • Strong writing skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Coursework or experience in related fields, such as law, public administration, development, or political science.

Compensation: $14/hour

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Application Deadlines

Graduate Assistantships

ANNUAL: 9-12 MONTHS
(August Start)
Application Open: Feb. 1-March 30

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