Deputy Field Office Director – Liberia

TCC Eagle

The Carter Center, Democracy Program
Monrovia, Liberia

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 Center may deploy a long-term international election observation mission to monitor the presidential elections in October 2017 in Liberia. We are currently recruiting a highly-qualified individual to serve as an Deputy Field Office Director / Observer Coordinator for this mission.

Qualified candidates should have at least five years of experience in the field of elections. The ideal candidate would have previous experience as a long-term observer coordinator in an election observation mission. English language capacity and/or prior work experience in West or Sub-Saharan Africa are preferred but not required. Cross-cultural understanding, demonstrated organizational skills, and the ability to work independently are encouraged. Strong writing/communication skills in English and competence with technology required. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Under supervision of the Field Office Director (FOD), the primary responsibilities of the Deputy Field Office Director include:

A. At the direction of the FOD and in coordination with other field staff, represent The Carter Center in Liberia to key stakeholders including partner organizations, other international election observation missions, domestic observer groups, representatives of the international community, etc. in relation to observer deployment and methodology.

B. Act as principle point of contact for Carter Center long-term observers (LTOs) and short-term observers (STOs) including to

  1. Support training of observer teams during orientations and briefing sessions regarding observation methodology, code of conduct, policies/procedures, working with interpreters, cultural and gender issues, finance, and other areas.
  2. Supervise fieldwork of LTOs; maintain regular contact with all teams.
  3. Coordinate the production, analysis, and compilation of observer field reports.
  4. Coordinate communication with the LTOs and STOs from the field office, including daily programmatic and substantive updates. Provide guidance to LTOs regarding weekly topics of observation, substantive decisions from the NEC or other electoral authorities, news updates, and feedback from core staff on questions from the field.
  5. Ensure appropriate liaison between LTOs and election officials, government officials, civil society, media, international NGOs, and international organizations.

C. In coordination with the Field Office Director (FOD) and Security Manager, assist in the design and management of the Center’s planned observation activities, including observer deployment plans and observation methodology.

D. With local staff, manage coordination of all logistics for staff travel and observer deployment within Liberia, and any necessary project meetings, scheduling, etc., including:

  1. Oversee local staff in coordinating observer deployment transportation and accommodation:

    a. Coordinate all aspects of airport pick-up/drop-off for observers.

    b. Reconfirm observer return travel from Liberia.

    c. Coordinate observer deployment transportation plans.

    d. In coordination with Security Manager, secure vehicles, arrange for drivers, train and coordinate drivers.

    e. Work with Security Manager to ensure safety and security requirements are implemented for all observers, policies are followed, and troubleshoot travel related problems.

    f. Work with local staff and Atlanta staff to arrange for hotel accommodations for observers and staff, as needed, for the briefings and debriefing of observers. Coordinate hotel accommodations for observers while deployed.

  2. Prepare deployment packets for LTO, STO and expert missions to include information on transportation, accommodation, schedule, budget, contacts, etc.
  3. In coordination with FOD, organize observer meetings.
  4. Work with Financial Manager on finances for observer deployment, including per diems, reconciling of deployment finances, and expenditure tracking.

E. Contribute electoral and political analysis to the IEOM.

F. Assist in drafting Carter Center press releases, public statements, and project reports as necessary in consultation with Atlanta staff, including weekly reports. Draft project report sections concerning observer deployment and observer monitoring reports.

G. Under the supervision of the FOD, manage observers as they monitor the pre-election and post-election environment, including technical preparations, the campaign—including rallies and speeches, the political situation, the role of the media, election day and post-election processes, and other aspects of the process.

H. Assist in drafting and editing a comprehensive final public report, in consultation with Atlanta staff and the FOD.

I. Other duties as assigned.

Please send cover letter, CV, contract requirements, and list of references with subject line “Liberia Observer Coordinator” by July 10 to:


Note: Because this is an international election observation mission, Liberia nationals are not eligible to serve as the Carter Center Observer Coordinator.  Due to the large volume of applicants, only those candidates selected for an interview or additional consideration will be notified by the Center.