Consultant –Political Analyst, Electoral Expert Mission, Lusaka, Zambia

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 the electoral calendar, an invitation to observe, and developments related to COVID-19, The Carter Center is preparing to deploy an Electoral Expert Mission (EEM) to Zambia for general elections to be held in August 2021.

The Center is seeking a highly qualified individual to serve as Political Analyst. The analyst will be part of the Carter Center EEM to Zambia. The Political Analyst will analyze political and power dynamics during the electoral process. She/he will contribute to public and private statements regarding the electoral process to provide an impartial assessment of the elections.  

The assignment will be carried out from June 2021 through September 2021. Assumptions regarding deployment may change contingent on Zambia’s electoral calendar and developments related to COVID-19. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Primary responsibilities:

The Political Analyst will be responsible for engaging and facilitating engagement with key electoral stakeholders, CSOs, political parties and other relevant players in Zambia. S/he will:

  • Carry out a comprehensive political analysis of the electoral process and assess the dynamics and competitiveness of the electoral process.
  • In coordination with the other members of the EEM, maintain constant relations with political party representatives, candidates, campaign managers and political analysts throughout the mission.
  • Provide background information and analysis on a wide range of key stakeholders including candidates, political parties, state authorities, police, military, media groups, journalists, and decision and opinion makers in the country.
  • Engage and liaise with local and international political analysts and provide continuous electoral conflict and risk analysis overview to the EEM.
  • In coordination with the other members of the EEM analyze the legal, regulatory and administrative framework for political competition and election campaigning and assess whether the framework allows for a genuine competition, level playing field and political pluralism.
  • Analyze political parties’ approach to participation of marginalized and disenfranchised groups, women, LGBTQ, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and other underrepresented groups.
  • Contribute to the EEM assessment on the human rights situation, focusing particularly on the freedom of association and of assembly.


  • Demonstrated experience in political analysis applied to electoral observation and political economy analysis.
  • Strong experience working on election observation missions, election administration and/or providing technical political assistance.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of electoral processes and international obligations concerning human rights, including political and electoral rights and electoral violence.
  • Candidates with a demonstrated understanding of Zambian political dynamics, experience working or living in Zambia and/or the region will be given highest consideration.
  • Professional experience in Zambia or the region is desirable.
  • Excellent organizational, oral, and written communication skills
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken, is required.
  • Leadership skills, cross-cultural understanding, and a background working in sensitive political situations are required.

All applications must be submitted through the following link to be considered:

Andrea Nelli Feroci

Associate Director, Democracy Program

The Carter Center

If you have questions, please email:

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