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Graduate Assistantships: Rule of Law Program

  • 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, which advances information, accountability and justice, is seeking a qualified graduate student for the 2021-2022 session to assist in the research, writing, and development of gender-transformative strategies and models.

The Carter Center’s Rule of Law Program aims to advance good governance and trust to transform lives through enhanced accountability, transparency, and inclusive access to information and justice. The program works toward our mission through programming in two distinct but complementary areas: 1) enhancing accountability, transparency, and information and 2) improving access to justice.

The Carter Center has promoted the passage, implementation, enforcement, and use of the right of access to information for over 20 years. Access to information, entrenched in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is critical for the exercise of civil, political, social, and economic rights, and is instrumental in improving governance, transparency, and accountability. Yet, despite over 125 countries having access to information laws, the benefits have not reached many women due to the myriad socio-legal, institutional, and structural/cultural factors that prevent the exercise of this right. The Rule of Law Program currently works to advance women’s access to information at a global level, as well as through country-level programming in Bangladesh, Guatemala, and Liberia.

In Liberia, we also work 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 Rule of Law Program has simultaneously implemented an Access to Justice Project (ATJ) in Liberia that looks to strengthen the formal and informal justice and security sectors by educating citizens on the rule of law and extending legal services to historically marginalized groups, including women. ATJ programming contributes to creating a functional and inclusive justice system in Liberia, consistent with local needs, practices, and human rights standards.

As the Rule of Law Program seeks to expand our initiatives focused on information, accountability, and justice, it is critical that our programming be gender transformative in all aspects. In order to effectively build upon previous advances and develop new, innovative models, we must evaluate how we are currently engaging gender in our work, examine our successes and lessons learned in various countries, identify opportunities to make our current programming even more impactful for women, and develop the necessary tools and strategies for implementation.

The graduate assistant will conduct thorough research and analysis related to expanding the Rule of Law Program’s gender-focused strategies and models and will report to the program director.

Activities may include:

-Research on specific topics relevant to women’s access to information, access to justice and accountability mechanisms, including initiatives undertaken by other groups/organizations

-Assess gender-related methodologies, strategies, impact, and lessons learned across various projects/countries and identify opportunities to make current programming even more gender transformative

-Development of a white paper on how the Carter Center’s Rule of Law Program engages gender, justice, and accountability, including a holistic model for programming built on a sound theoretical base

-Develop and/or update necessary tools for implementation of access to information laws, access to justice efforts, and accountability mechanisms with improved gender sensitivity and justice for women, including a manual on incorporating gender in existing trainings, guidelines on creating assessments that consider gender, and a checklist for developing gender-transformative programming

-Review of existing programmatic materials through gender lens with suggestions for making more gender-sensitive

-Research and support for a global campaign on Inform Women, Transform Lives


-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 gender studies, law, public administration, development, or political science

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Assistantship Deadlines

Apply for a Carter Center Graduate Assistantship

The 2021-22 graduate assistantship application opens on Feb. 5, 2021 and closes on April 8, 2021.

Program: 9-12 MONTHS
(August start)

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