Deputy Field Office Director (Consultant) – Freetown, Sierra Leone

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 an international election observation mission to monitor the presidential elections in Sierra Leone on March 7, 2018. We are currently recruiting a highly-qualified individual to serve as a Deputy Field Office Director. This position would require travel to Sierra Leone January through March 2018, and is contingent upon funding.

Applicants should have a minimum of five years of experience implementing election monitoring missions, democracy and governance programs, or conflict-prevention efforts, ideally in countries transitioning from war to sustainable peace. Experience in Sierra Leone and/or the region is desirable. Fluency in English is required. Strong writing and communication skills and competence with technology are required. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Candidates should possess strong personnel and program management skills, cross-cultural understanding, be highly organized, and able to work under pressure and tight deadlines as needed. Strong writing and communication skills and competence with computer applications required. A positive attitude and ability to work effectively in leading a diverse team are essential.

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Under the direction of the field office director, represent The Carter Center in Sierra Leone.
  • Work closely with the field office director and other senior staff to design and manage the Center’s planned observation activities in Freetown, including observation methodology, deployment plans and mission logistics.
  • Work closely with the field office director and other senior staff to design and manage the Center’s planned observation of post-referenda activities in Sierra Leone, with a focus on political and constitutional reform.
  • Working closely with the field office director, supervise local staff and expatriate consultants; manage daily operations of the field office and local staff, including recruitment, hiring, management and capacity building of local staff members; equipment rental and acquisition; and coordination of meetings with senior government officials, donors and other interested parties.
  • Contribute substantively to the technical analysis of the referendum process based on observer and core staff reports. Draft and edit Carter Center press releases, public statements and reports, and internal project reports as necessary in consultation with Atlanta staff.
  • Working closely with LTO Coordinator and national staff, manage coordination of logistics and travel permits for staff travel and observer deployment within Sierra Leone, and necessary project meetings, scheduling, etc.
  • Oversee advance work for deployment sites and contacts with local political party, election officials, and others in each observation area.
  • Under the direction of the field office director, allocate field office project funds in accordance with budget limitations and donor contract regulations. Supervise field office financial reporting to ensure appropriate management and monitoring of field office operational funds.
  • Other program design and implementation duties, as needed.


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


Review of applications will begin Jan. 2, 2018

Note: Because this is an international election observation project, Sierra Leone nationals are not eligible to serve as Deputy Director.  Additionally, due to the large volume of applicants, only those candidates selected for additional consideration will be notified by the Center.