Consultant – Legal 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 Legal Analyst on an election observation mission for the Tunisian 2022 constitutional referendum and parliamentary elections. The selected person would report to the Tunis-based Mission Director and Atlanta-based Associate Director of the Carter Center’s Democracy Program.

The Legal Analyst should have demonstrated experience working on election observation missions, in election administration, or providing legal/electoral technical assistance. Five to 10 years of experience in democracy and/or elections administration is required. Advanced degree in political science, law or another relevant field is required. Candidates should have a working knowledge of French or Arabic on a professional level, demonstrated experience in Tunisia and/or the MENA region and familiarity with international obligations for elections and political participation . The position requires relocation to Tunis in early July and, pending the electoral process, will last under January 2023.

The Legal Analyst is responsible for understanding and analysing Tunisia’s electoral legal framework and electoral law, and briefing mission staff and electoral stakeholders on legal issues as appropriate. S/he will: 

  • Become familiar with the legal and regulatory framework for Tunisia’s elections as well as any other relevant laws (media regulations, judicial system, electoral procedures, etc.) and international obligations for democratic elections; 
  • Assess the implementation of the legal framework for Tunisia’s elections in practice, including its agreement with both relevant national legislation and international obligations for democratic elections by: 
  • Conducting a legal/electoral framework assessment based on relevant sections of the Carter Center’s handbook on democratic election standards;  
  • Meeting with the election commission (ISIE) and other relevant stakeholders tasked with implementing the electoral law; 
  • Liaising with relevant judicial bodies, including officials responsible for electoral dispute resolution and attend judicial hearings;  
  • Meeting with political party representatives, NGO and civil society leaders, and representatives of citizen observer groups in coordination with other core team staff to share views on relevant legal aspects.  
  • Collect, review and summarize all laws relevant to the electoral process in Tunisia;  
  • Monitor and analyze electoral complaints and appeals, maintaining a database of relevant information; 
  • Assist in the implementation of the Carter Center election observation methodology through contribution to the development and refinement of reporting tools (written and verbal reports, checklists, etc) for long- and short-term observers; 
  • Brief mission members on legal issues, and provide training to long- and short-term observers regarding the election law, other legal issues, international standards for democratic elections and checklists to be used during the mission;   
  • Prepare a written gap analysis in accordance with The Carter Center’s methodology, based on the legal/electoral framework assessment, indicating all potential issues and shortcomings within Tunisia’s legal framework as related to international obligations for democratic elections; 
  • Prepare supplemental memos assessing specific legal issues on an “as-needed” basis; 
  • Contribute to the preparation of the Statement of Preliminary Findings and Conclusions, and the Final Report of the election observation mission, bearing primary responsibility for drafting report sections focused on the legal/electoral framework and electoral dispute resolution, as well as review of the full report for inclusion of references to international standards and obligations. Remain available for consultation until the final report is published; and 
  • Perform other duties as appropriate for the good functioning of the mission. 

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