Consultant – FIELD OFFICE DIRECTOR – Nepal

The Carter Center, Democracy Program


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 Field Office Director (FOD) of the Center’s international election observation mission for Nepal’s upcoming parliamentary and provincial elections. The successful candidate for this independent contract position will manage the Center’s international election observation activities in Nepal, including electoral and political reporting, office management and administration, security, and coordination of the deployment of long-term and short-term observers. Contingent on the availability of funds and electoral developments, deployment to Nepal will be from September 2017 through February 2018.


Primary responsibilities:

  • Working in close conjunction with the Deputy Field Office Director and the Atlanta-based project manager, the FOD has overall responsibility for programmatic, financial, personnel and operational aspects of the field office during the Carter Center’s observation mission;
  • The FOD is the main representative of the Center in Nepal and will develop and maintain relationships with the government, Election Commission of Nepal, political parties, civil society, other observer missions, and other stakeholders;
  • The FOD will provide oversight of the establishment of a field office with the technology, staff and other capacities critical to the mission’s needs and timeline;
  • S/he is responsible for assuming a lead role in assessing and analyzing the political and electoral environment, contributing strategic advice to Center briefings and reports;
  • The FOD will direct the planning for the mission’s deployment of long-term observers, short-term observers, and leadership, including orientation, in-country activities, and debrief prior to departure.
  • The FOD will oversee development of data collection and assessment tools, security protocols, and other technical aspects of programmatic implementation;
  • The FOD will work closely with the Security/Operations Manager and other core team members to prepare for the security of mission staff, monitor conditions as they evolve, and take steps necessary to keep team members safe, including evacuation, if necessary.
  • In consultation with Atlanta and core staff, the FOD drafts Carter Center press releases, public statements, and project reports as necessary. S/he has lead responsibility and oversight for the drafting of preliminary findings and final report of the election observation mission.
  • The FOD participates in Carter Center press conferences, interviews or other media events, in coordination with Atlanta staff.
  • S/he will have fiduciary oversight of the field office’s budgeting, financial tracking, and reporting to ensure appropriate use and monitoring of funds for the mission and field office. The FOD is a signatory on Carter Center bank accounts as necessary.
  • Other program design and implementation duties, as needed.



  • Applicants should have at least seven years of senior level experience implementing election monitoring missions, democracy and governance programs, or conflict-prevention efforts, ideally in Nepal or the region, or at a minimum in other countries in democratic transition;
  • S/he will have demonstrated experience and/or knowledge of the Carter Center’s observation methodology, including international and regional standards for democratic elections;
  • S/he will have proven experience in relevant leadership role(s) for international non-governmental organization, including establishment of field offices and managing required administrative procedures, personnel and programmatic activities;
  • Leadership skills, cross-cultural understanding, and the ability to provide advice and guidance on mission management are required;
  • S/he will be knowledgeable about the political context and electoral environment in Nepal.
  • Full English proficiency is essential.



Please send cover letter, CV, dates of availability, and a list of references with subject line “Nepal Field Office Director” to:


Jonathan Stonestreet

Associate Director

The Carter Center



Note: As this is an international election observation mission, Nepali nationals are not eligible to serve as Carter Center Field Office Director. 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.