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 Deputy Field Office Director (DFOD) 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 support the management of the mission and take the lead on political participation issues, including those related to gender, ethnic minorities, religion, disability, and poverty. Contingent on the availability of funds and pending developments in the electoral schedule, deployment to Nepal would be from September 2017 through December 2017.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • At the direction of the Field Office Director (FOD) and in coordination with other field staff, represent The Carter Center in Nepal. Assume the responsibilities of the FOD in her/his absence.
  • As directed, establish and maintain Carter Center field presence, including accreditation of observers; visa arrangements; travel permits; technology importation, etc.; and recruitment of field office staff.
  • Work with finance manager on observer deployment, including per diems, reconciling of deployment finances, and expenditure tracking. Become a signatory on Carter Center bank accounts as necessary.
  • In coordination with the FOD and Security/Operations Manager, assist in the design and implementation of the Center’s planned observation activities.
  • In coordination with the Security/Operations Manager, oversee logistics for staff travel and observer deployment within Nepal, including hotel accommodations for observers and staff for the briefings and debriefing of long-term observers (LTOs) and short-term observers (STOs), as well as internal travel arrangements.
  • Brief LTOs on the political environment and support their observation of the electoral campaign and of inclusion issues by contributing to their weekly reporting format and providing feedback to their reporting.
  • Based on LTO and STO reporting, take the lead role in assessing the political environment before, during and after the elections, including the overall political situation, campaigning, the role of the media, and other aspects of the process as needed.
  • Based on LTO and STO reporting, take the lead role in analyzing political participation issues, especially related to gender, ethnic minorities, religion, disability, and poverty.
  • Prepare briefing materials for STOs and leadership.
  • In coordination with the FOD, draft Carter Center press releases, public statements, and project reports as necessary in consultation with Atlanta staff, including weekly reports. Assist in drafting and editing the final report, in consultation with Atlanta staff and the FOD.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • At least five of experience required in implementing election observation missions, democracy and governance programs, or conflict-prevention efforts. Election observation mission core team experience required.
  • Experience in managing a field office programs, operations, and personnel required.
  • Individual should be detail oriented, well organized, and able to work under pressure and tight deadlines when necessary.
  • Professional experience working in Nepal or the region is highly desirable.
  • Proficiency in English, with strong writing and communication skills, required.



Please send cover letter, CV, contract requirements, and list of references with subject line “Nepal Deputy 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 Deputy 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.