Deputy Field Office Director/Operation Manager – Nairobi, Kenya

Democracy Program
Deputy Field Office Director/Operation Manager
Nairobi, Kenya

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 currently recruiting a highly-qualified individual with a minimum of five to seven years of experience to serve as Deputy Field Office Director/Operations Manager as part of an international elections observation mission surrounding the Aug. 8, 2017 general elections in Kenya. The independent contractor position would be assigned for a minimum of five months and could be extended, pending the availability of donor funds and/or a presidential runoff. The core team will deploy April 1. The position requires relocation to Kenya in April and may involve travel within the country. 


  • Serve as an official representative of the Carter Center’s international election observation mission in Kenya.
  • Work under the supervision of the Field Office Director (FOD) to supervise local staff, oversee daily operations, and contribute to the mission’s technical assessments of the Kenyan electoral process;
  • Monitor the pre-election and post-election political/electoral environment, supporting full implementation of activities;
  • Support and attend high-level leadership meetings, when appropriate, and assume other responsibilities of the FOD as requested;
  • Provide technical assessments and analysis, contributing to weekly reporting and other memos as needed;
  • Take primary role in establishing a fully functioning field office, including observer accreditation, internet and communications, supplies, etc.
  • Supervise and ensure a functional distribution of work among national staff;
  • Oversee all aspects of the mission operations and logistics, including coordination between observer coordinator, security manager and observers;
  • Maintain fiduciary responsibility for and provide oversight of field office project funds in accordance with budget limitations and donor grant requirements;
  • Provide input on STO deployment, including observer arrival, orientation, training, deployment, and de-brief; and
  • Work with observer coordinator and accountant to manage finances of observers’ deployment, including transportation, lodging, per diems, and expense tracking.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Five to seven years of experience required in implementing election monitoring missions, democracy and governance programs, or conflict-prevention efforts. EOM experience highly desired.
  2. Experience in managing a field office programs, operations, and personnel required.
  3. Individual should be detail oriented, well organized, and able to work under pressure and tight deadlines when necessary.
  4. A high level of personal energy, positive attitude and ability to work in a team setting are essential.
  5. Professional experience working in Kenya or Sub-Saharan Africa is highly desirable.
  6. Proficiency in English, with strong writing and communication skills, required.

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

Deadline for submissions: March 10. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible; decisions will be made on a rolling basis from the deadline until the position is filled. As this is an international election observation mission, Kenya nationals are not eligible to serve as core team members. Due to the large volume of applicants, only those candidates selected for an interview or additional consideration will be notified by the Center.