Consultant: Nonpartisan Election Observation and Election Administration Advisor

The Carter Center is guided by a fundamental commitment to promote human rights, alleviate human suffering, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health conditions. The Center seeks a highly qualified, motivated, and energetic consultant to the Center’s US Elections Project.

This position requires up to 22 days of work per month.

Start date: March 15, 2023

Location: Remote, with some travel to Atlanta and other states The Carter Center will be working in

Pay: Commensurate with experience

Length of Assignment: Through August 31, 2024, with high likelihood of extension or contract renewal depending on performance

The Democracy Program at The Carter Center works globally to support and strengthen participatory democracy, consistent with human rights. Beginning in 2020, The Carter Center began efforts to support elections in the United States. There are multiple key aspects to this project: establishing nonpartisan observation efforts, bolstering the electoral dispute resolution process, tracking disinformation and dangerous speech, contributing to electoral reform, and promoting a set of candidate principles for trusted elections.

The Carter Center plans to advance nonpartisan observation efforts in Montana, New Mexico, and potentially Georgia, California, and Michigan. Nonpartisan observation efforts implemented and/or supported by The Carter Center will differ from existing monitoring undertaken by partisan poll watchers and election protection groups. The goal of this observation is to provide credible and transparent information on the conduct of elections in each state through public reports. To support this work, The Carter Center also provides analysis and resources on various aspects of the electoral process and election administration such as, poll worker recruitment & training and tabulation & audit procedures. The Carter Center is looking for an experienced professional with knowledge of the U.S. electoral system and international best practices around Citizen Observation that can support our targeted efforts as we work to increase transparency in the electoral process and support election officials.

With Carter Center staff and consultants, the Nonpartisan Election Observation and Election Administration Advisor will:

Nonpartisan Observation:

  • With Carter Center staff and consultants, support the development of state-level strategies for implementing nonpartisan election observation in Georgia, New Mexico, Montana, California, and potentially Michigan for the 2024 election cycle.
  • With Carter Center staff and consultants, support implementation of nonpartisan observation in 1-2 states in 2024.

Election Administration Expertise and Support– Research and Analysis:

  • Contribute to research and drafting of documents for public and private use on key issues related to election administration of the 2023 and 2024 elections, including post-election audits.
  • Contribute to project-related outputs, including curricula for observer training programs, voter education materials on key aspects of the electoral process; toolkits and written products of electoral stakeholders; policies, and procedures to identify examples of good practice as well as areas where additional steps could be taken to promote transparency in the electoral process or the overall improvement of election integrity;
  • Contribute to a range of written outputs by the Carter Center expert team including public reports, public statements, voter education materials and scripts, curricula for training programs, op-eds and articles, talking points, and other internal briefing documents

Outreach and Representation:

  • As requested by Carter Center staff, represent The Carter Center at public events, webinars, and other fora and in public speaking engagements; Liaise with state election officials and others on key issues to support project goals;
  • Assist Carter Center staff and consultants in building and maintaining relationships with election officials around the country;
  • Advice and Guidance:
  • Provide advice and guidance to Carter Center staff on election administration processes and procedures in the United States;


  • Participate in regular coordination meetings with other consultants, other Carter Center programs, Carter Center staff, and project partners on key aspects to ensure successful project implementation.


  • 5+ years proven experience with election administration practices
  • 5+ years of election observation experience
  • Proven project management experience
  • Proven management skills
  • Excellent understanding of the election and voting process in the U.S.
  • Excellent understanding of key political dynamics around elections in the U.S.
  • Experience implementing data collection methodologies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience with Microsoft suite of tools

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, as a part of a diverse and interdisciplinary team
  • Flexibility and ability to adapt to changing project demands
  • Experience with data analysis and data visualizations software

To apply, please fill out the form at the link below and attach a CV and Cover Letter.

Only applications submitted at the above site will be considered.

Deadline for submissions:

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Interested parties are encouraged to

submit their application as soon as possible.

Only those candidates selected for an interview or additional consideration will be notified by the

Center. No separate emails, phone calls, or in-person contacts, please.