Consultant – Observer Coordinator

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. 

Through this call for applications, we are seeking qualified candidates to serve as Observer Coordinator on an election observation mission for the 2022 Tunisian constitutional referendum and parliamentary elections. This consultancy position is scheduled from Oct. 1, 2022, through February 2023; applicants must confirm their availability for deployment for the entire duration of the project. The selected person will report to the Tunis-based Country Representative/Mission Director and Atlanta-based Associate Director of the Carter Center’s Democracy Program.  

The Observer Coordinator should have demonstrated experience working on election observation missions as an observer. Three to five years of experience in democracy and/or elections is required. Advanced degree in political science, law or another relevant field is preferred. Candidates who speak French or Arabic on a professional level and have demonstrated experience working in Tunisia and/or the region are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities:

The Observer Coordinator will manage and oversee the deployment and participation of long- and short-term observers in the Carter Center’s 2022 election observation mission to Tunisia. S/he will assist in the design, implementation and oversight of the Center’s planned observation activities, including the long- and short-term observer deployment plans, observation methodology and reporting.   

The Observer Coordinator will:

  • Act as the core team’s principal point of contact for observers.
  • Play a primary role in organizing and implementing training of observer teams and periodic debriefs;
  • Supervise long-term observers’ work in the field; maintaining daily contact with all teams;
  • Coordinate the production, analysis and compilation of observer field reports, analyzing and summarizing observer reports in a weekly basis;
  • Provide guidance to long-term observers regarding weekly observation reporting;
  • Facilitate liaison between observers and key political and electoral interlocutors;
  • Facilitate a daily information flow between the core team and the deployed observers. 
  • Coordinate travel, accommodation and logistics for observer deployments within Tunisia;
  • Ensure security requirements are implemented in coordination with the Security Manager;
  • Help manage compilation of observer data for real-time reporting, report storage, and data analysis; 
  • Prepare observer deployment packets and oversee production of briefing materials for STO delegations;
  • Oversee advance work for STO deployment and manage local contacts in each area;
  • Work with the Country Representative and accountant/financial analyst to oversee observer finances.
  • Lead the design and implementation of an LTO and STO reporting framework, supervising field reporting, assisting in developing forms and procedures, and conducting data analysis;
  • Contribute to draft press releases, public statements, and project reports; and
  • Perform other related duties requested for the good functioning of the mission, including remaining available to answer questions for the mission’s final report until it’s published.

Qualifications:

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

  • A minimum of three to five years of demonstrated experience working on election observation missions as a long-term observer or observer coordinator;   
  • Demonstrated experience in election observation, politics or campaigning with a particular emphasis on monitoring and assessing political and electoral rights, and developing written reports based on data collected, preferably in developing or transitioning countries; 
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating field-based research or political campaigns, training field-based researchers and managing remote staff.
  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in political science, development, law or related field; 
  • Knowledge of Tunisian politics and culture, regional expertise preferred; 
  • Cross-cultural understanding;  
  • Strong writing, communication and organizational skills required; 
  • Ability to live in difficult conditions, perform well under stress, work within a team, and maintain professionalism at all times; 
  • Fluency in English required; 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: Sept. 7, 2022.