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  • Carter Center studies have shown that Liberian women face many challenges to access information in a culture that discourages their engagement. Above, a woman stands in her store in Monrovia, where the Center's Rule of Law Program works to find creative solutions to assure that women can equally enjoy the benefits and power that information provides. (Photo: The Carter Center)

The Rule of Law Program is seeking a qualified graduate student for the 2019-2020 session to assist in research, writing, and programming related to the expansion of transparency, justice, and security initiatives.

In Liberia, the Rule of Law's Access to Information (ATI) project has been working specifically with the justice and security sector to increase their transparency and accountability and develop a feedback loop with its citizens, as a means of increasing trust with these critical institutions. Since 2006, the Center has simultaneously implemented an Access to Justice Project (ATJ) in Liberia that seeks to strengthen the formal and informal justice and security sectors by educating citizens on the rule of law and extending legal information and services to historically marginalized, rural citizens. In recent months, Access to Justice has merged with the Access to Information, providing a significant opportunity to develop programming that joins these fundamental good governance and human rights ideals and to scale justice and security programming.

The Carter Center seeks to institute initiatives that will work to increase public confidence in both formal and informal justice systems through increased citizen awareness, including reliable information, understanding, assistance, and improved administration of justice. To date, there are few, if any, initiatives that have married access to information and access to justice in joint programming. To consider scaling existing programming and developing new, innovative models, extensive research is needed to help determine a model for engaging the strengths of the Center’s access to information and justice programming and to identify where there is both a need and opportunity for such programming to exist.

The graduate assistant will conduct thorough research and analysis related to the expansion of transparency, justice and security programming and the leadership role the Center might play in this field.

Activities may include:

  • Research on specific topics relevant to transparency, justice and security programming, including factors of TCC programming that could be scaled and where programming would be most effective
  • Research on methodologies for assessing transparency, justice and security-related programming
  • Research on follow-up and impact of transparency, justice, and security initiatives that have been undertaken by other groups/organizations
  • Development of a mapping system to track efforts focused on transparency, justice and security programming that could help to identify gaps
  • Research on public awareness about citizens’ rights in the justice system and barriers to improving awareness and access to justice in target countries
  • Development of a white paper on the future direction of TCC efforts in the transparency, justice and security fields, including a potential model for programming built on a sound theoretical base


  • 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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Apply for a Carter Center Graduate Assistantship

Application opens Feb. 1-April 1, 2019.

Program: 9-12 MONTHS
(August Start)

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