Consultant – Digital Voting Systems Analyst, Electoral Expert Mission, Venezuela

The Carter Center is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering; it seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health. Contingent on availability of funding, the electoral calendar, and developments related to COVID-19, The Carter Center is preparing to deploy an Electoral Expert Mission (EEM) to Venezuela for the regional elections to be held on November 21, 2021.

The Carter Center is seeking a highly qualified Digital Voting Systems analyst. The analyst will be part of the Carter Center EEM to assess the Venezuelan digital voting systems and technology architecture. The analyst will also assess regulations surrounding the use of digital voting, as well as all technical and legal frameworks as they relate to the electronic suffrage. The analyst will contribute to public statements regarding the electoral process to provide an impartial assessment of the elections.

This position is contingent on electoral developments. Assumptions regarding deployment may change contingent on Venezuela’s electoral calendar and developments related to COVID-19. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Primary responsibilities:

  • In coordination with the Legal and Electoral analyst, undertake comprehensive legal analysis of digital voting regulations in Venezuela.
  • Hold meetings with relevant stakeholders and undertake comprehensive analysis of the situation in Venezuela regarding digital voting system, including meetings with relevant government institutions and agencies, scholars, and civil society groups working on protection of digital rights.
  • Conduct an analysis of the Venezuelan legal framework to understand how voting technology is regulated, strengths and weaknesses, and the degree to which implementation follows the law.
  • Conduct an analysis of the audit report on Venezuela’s voting technology produced by bi-partisan experts to understand: How the voting technology functions; how the voting technology was tested; strengths and weaknesses (i.e., vulnerabilities).
  • Conduct interviews with CNE voting technology system administrators to understand: How voting technology will record, transmit, and tabulate ballots and results; how voting technology is safeguarded against hacking and cyberattacks; how data collected through voting technology is safeguarded to protect voter privacy and secrecy.
  • Produce a report that identifies and analyzes potential strengths and weaknesses that need to be addressed with recommendations for steps that can be taken ahead of future elections
  • Prepare technical analysis of the voting systems, software, hardware, and other technical aspects of the Venezuela voting system. Assess technical procedures required for voter and candidate registration, balloting, counting, tabulation and transmission of results, dispute resolution and other relevant issues against national legislation, administrative procedures, and international obligations for democratic elections.  

Qualifications:

Ideal candidates will possess some or all the following qualifications:

  • B.S. and/or M.S. degree in Computing Science, Communication Design, Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction Design, and/or equivalent experience
  • Ability to prototype directly in HTML, JavaScript, CSS Knowledge of quantitative tools and languages, including R, Python, Power BI (or similar platform) and others, is preferred
  • Proven experience in analysis of digital and electronic voting system is highly desirable
  • Experience in international and regional electoral observation is preferable
  • Cross-cultural understanding
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Ability to move in difficult conditions, perform well under stress, work within a team, and always maintain professionalism
  • Fluency in Spanish and English, both written and spoken, is required

All applications must be submitted through the following link to be considered: https://airtable.com/shr5uEfO6OQhYlMn7

Andrea Nelli Feroci

Associate Director, Democracy Program

The Carter Center

If you have questions, please email: venezuela.recruitment@cartercenter.org

Note: Due to the large volume of applicants, only candidates selected for an interview or additional consideration will be notified. No phone calls please.