Consultant – Gender and Participatory Rights Analyst

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. 

The Carter Center is seeking a highly qualified individual to serve as the Gender Analyst on an election observation mission for the 2022 Tunisian constitutional referendum and elections. The selected contractor would report to the Tunis-based Mission Director and Atlanta-based Associate Director of the Carter Center’s Democracy Program.

The Carter Center is seeking a highly-qualified gender analyst to work on the Center’s observation mission in Tunisia. The gender and participatory rights analyst will assess and analyze key issues affecting women’s participation and participatory rights in the electoral process and campaign, including women as aspirants and candidates. The gender and participatory rights analyst will contribute to public and private statements commenting on the electoral process to provide an impartial assessment of the elections as well as detailed recommendations for ways to improve the elections’ inclusiveness, credibility, and transparency as it relates to gender and participatory rights issues, including women’s participation. The position will report tothe Tunisia-based mission director and the Atlanta-based project manager. The position requires relocation to Tunis in early July and, pending the electoral process, will last until January 2023.

Primary responsibilities of the Gender Analyst include:

  • Analyze aspects of Tunisia’s national legislation concerning women as it pertains to the country’s elections and referendum. Assess whether provisions regarding their participation are implemented in accordance with the legal framework as well as international standards for democratic elections.  
  • Assess the participation of and barriers to the participation of women and other marginalized groups as voters, aspirants, and candidates in the electoral process against international standards and national legislation, including party primaries, candidate nominations, the campaign period, election day, and post-election dispute challenges.  
  • Develop standardized tools, checklists, discussion guidelines and other data gathering instruments to assess participatory rights and women’s participation in elections, and barriers to their effective engagement.  
  • Brief long-term and short-term observers on the key issues affecting marginalized populations, women and gender disparities in the upcoming referendum and elections. Review observer reports and analyses, as well as their contributions to checklists and qualitative data collection for research. 
  • Liaise with political party representatives, NGO, and civil society leaders (particularly women and minority groups), and representatives of citizen domestic observer groups to gather information and share views on relevant issues related to participatory rights in Tunisia’s elections and referendum. 
  • Assess and analyze the role of women’s participation and that of other marginalized groups during the pre-election period, election day, and the post-election period in target areas and across several regional governments within Tunisia.  
  • Prepare written reports and contribute to the drafting of public statements, including the preliminary statement and final report, as requested by the Atlanta staff. 

Qualifications

Ideal candidates will possess some or all of the following qualifications:  

  • A minimum of five to seven years of demonstrated experience in women’s studies, gender development, and/or related research fields;   
  • Demonstrated experience in assessing barriers to women’s civic participation and engagement, and legal frameworks with regards to gender, preferably in developing or transition  countries; 
  • A bachelor’s, master’s, and/or doctoral degree in women’s studies, gender development, or a similar field; 
  • Demonstrated experience/expertise in conducting field-based or survey research, specifically in-depth interviews regarding gender dynamics and relationships; 
  • Knowledge of Tunisian politics and culture, regional expertise, preferred; 
  • Cross-cultural understanding;  
  • Strong writing and communication skills; 
  • Ability to live in difficult conditions, perform well under stress, work within a team, and maintain professionalism at all times; 
  • Knowledge of French or Arabic highly preferred.    

To be considered for this position, provide your application details and upload a CV/resume and cover letter in support of your application in the following website: https://airtable.com/shro77dO3AkeCAtHr.

Only applications received through this link will be considered.

As this is an international election observation mission, Tunisian nationals are not eligible for this role. Due to the large volume of applicants, only those candidates selected for an interview or additional consideration will be notified by the Center, no phone calls please.

Deadline for submissions: June 24, 2022