Field Office Director – Nairobi, Kenya

Democracy Program
Field Office Director
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 to serve as Field Office Director to implement an international election observation mission around the upcoming general elections in Kenya scheduled for August 8, 2017 (and runoff, if necessary). The selected contractor would manage the Center’s international election observation mission including electoral and political reporting, office management and administration, security, and coordination of the deployment of long-term and short-term observers. The independent contractor position would be assigned for a minimum of five months, and could be extended pending availability of funds and a possible presidential run off. Core team deployment is April 1. The position requires relocation to Kenya in April and involve travel within the country. 


  • The Field Office Director (FOD) works in close conjunction with the Atlanta-based project director and bears overall responsibility for programmatic, financial, personnel and operational aspects of the field office during the Center’s observation mission;
  • The FOD is the main political representative of the Center in Kenya, and will develop and maintain relationships with Kenyan government, political parties, election officials, 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;
    • Acting as the Carter Center’s principal point of contact with the IEBC and the Government of Kenya;
    • Meeting with political party representatives, NGO and civil society leaders, and representatives of other observer groups, in coordination with members of the observation mission, to share views on the electoral process.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.


  1. Applicants should have 7-10 years of senior level experience implementing election monitoring missions, democracy and governance programs, or conflict-prevention efforts, ideally in Kenya or in sub-Saharan Africa, and/or countries in democratic transition;
  2. S/he will have demonstrated experience and/or knowledge of the Carter Center’s observation methodology, including international and regional standards for democratic elections;
  3. 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;
  4. Leadership skills, cross-cultural understanding, and the ability to provide advice and guidance on mission management are required;
  5. Full English proficiency is essential; Swahili desired though not required.


Please send cover letter, CV, contract requirements, dates of availability, and a list of references with subject line “Kenya 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 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.