Consultant – ELECTORAL/LEGAL ANALYST – Nepal

The Carter Center, Democracy Program

Consultant – ELECTORAL/LEGAL ANALYST

Kathmandu, Nepal

 

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 Electoral/Legal Analyst for an international election observation mission to Nepal’s upcoming parliamentary and provincial elections. The Electoral/Legal Analyst is primarily responsible for analyzing the electoral legal framework, assessing the performance of the election administration, and tracking and assessing the resolution of electoral disputes, in accordance with Nepal’s international commitments to democratic elections. Contingent on the availability of funds and electoral developments, deployment to Nepal will be from September 2017 through December 2017.
Primary Responsibilities:

  • Become familiar with the legal, constitutional and regulatory framework for the planned 2017 elections in Nepal, as well as any other relevant laws and regulations (media regulations, judicial system, electoral procedures, etc.).
  • Become familiar with issues central in Nepal, including the political situation, local government reform, and federalism. Become familiar with political participation issues, including those related to ethnic minorities, religion, gender, disability, and poverty.
  • In cooperation with the field office staff and Atlanta staff, contribute to an overall analysis of the electoral environment in Nepal.
  • Prepare a written legal framework assessment including analysis of all current and pending legislation related to the conduct of elections and political participation in Nepal, the constitution, and Nepal’s international human rights commitments. Document legal complaints and appeals in the pre and post-election period.
  • Provide overall assessments of major aspects of the electoral process, including boundary delimitation, voter registration, party and candidate registration, voter education, and procedures for campaigning, voting, counting, and tabulation of results, as well as other aspects of election administration.
  • In coordination with the Field Office Director (FOD) and Atlanta staff, assume lead role in drafting sections related to electoral/legal issues for internal and external reports and statements, including the final report.
  • Act as a primary advisor on electoral law and practice to the FOD, including liaising with the Election Commission of Nepal and other stakeholders as necessary.
  • Conduct training or orientation sessions for staff, observers, and external stakeholders, and prepare or contribute to briefing materials.
  • Represent The Carter Center in electoral stakeholder coordination as necessary.
  • Complete other duties, as needed.

 

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience on previous elections observation missions as a legal/electoral analyst, and at least five years in the democracy, governance and/or elections field are required.
  • Law or advanced degree in relevant field is preferred.
  • Fluency in English is required. Strong writing and communication skills, and competence with computer applications, required.
  • Excellent knowledge of human rights and democratic election standards and familiarity with the technical procedures required for constituency delimitation, voter registration, candidate registration, and other steps of electoral preparation.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide advice, guidance and analyses regarding democratic governance is required.
  • Leadership skills, cross-cultural understanding, and a background working in sensitive political situations are strongly encouraged.
  • Professional experience in Nepal or the region is desirable, or at a minimum, comparable countries in transition.

 

 

Please send cover letter, CV, dates of availability, and a list of references with subject line “Nepal Electoral/Legal Analyst” to:

 

Jonathan Stonestreet

Associate Director

The Carter Center

E-mail: nepalrecruitment@cartercenter.org

 

Note: Because this is an international election observation mission, Nepali nationals are not eligible to serve as Carter Center Electoral/Legal Analyst.  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.