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 Carter Center may deploy an international observation mission to Sierra Leone’s March 7, 2018 elections. The Center is seeking a highly-qualified individual to serve as Field Office Director (FOD) for the Center’s office in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The successful candidate for this independent contract position will manage the Center’s election observation mission. This position would require travel to Sierra Leone January through March 2018, and is contingent upon funding.

Applicants should have a minimum of seven years of senior level experience implementing election observation missions, or democracy and governance programs, ideally in Sierra Leone, the West Africa region, or comparable countries in transition. The successful candidate will possess strong program and personnel management skills and an ability to work effectively leading a diverse team. S/he is highly organized, able to work under pressure of tight deadlines when necessary, and possesses strong writing and communication skills. S/he will be knowledgeable about the political context and electoral environment in Sierra Leone. Proficiency in English language is required. A positive attitude and competence with computer applications is required. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Primary responsibilities of the Field Director position include:

  • Represent The Carter Center in Sierra Leone.
  • Establish and maintain ongoing liaison with key actors in Sierra Leone, including government officials, electoral commission representatives, political party leaders and candidates, NGO and civil society leaders, domestic and international election observation groups, security officials, media, and the diplomatic and donor community as appropriate and important for successful implementation of the observation effort.
  • Provide political and electoral analysis to The Carter Center on programmatic, operational, and substantive issues. Key points should be included in regular written reports (weekly), update memos, and oral briefings as needed to the Center’s Atlanta staff.
  • Oversee necessary arrangements regarding the logistical, technical, operational, and security requirements of the mission.
  • Develop and oversee field office policies and procedures relating to staff, office, computer use, requests for transportation, communications, etc.
  • Oversee the recruitment and management of field office staff.
  • Direct and supervise field staff, voter registration observation (VRO), long-term observer (LTO), and short-term observer (STO) teams, working in concert with the Center’s Atlanta staff and project consultants. Oversee development of observer deployment plans and logistical preparations for observation.
  • Support organization and implementation post-election activities, as needed, including a workshop with key stakeholders to discuss election reform.
  • Assume lead role in drafting or overseeing drafting of Carter Center press releases and periodic public statements assessing status of key electoral preparations and the overall election process, as needed in consultation with the Center’s Atlanta staff.
  • Oversee planning and management of deployment of international observers, working in concert with the Center’s Atlanta staff and project consultants, including review and approve list of possible observer deployment sites, travel logistics, communication strategies, security concerns, and other logistical and programmatic issues. Oversee planning and implementation of an observer communication/reporting system, including telephones, radios, and other equipment as needed, to support observer field reports to the Carter Center Field Office. Maintain ongoing liaison with observer teams in order to ensure that their needs are met and there is constant two-way communication flowing between the HQ office and the observers.
  • Maintain fiduciary responsibility for all field office project funds in accordance with budget limitations and donor grant requirements. Supervise field office financial reporting to ensure appropriate management and monitoring of field office operational funds in accordance with Carter Center procedures, including completion of field office monthly financial reports.
  • Participate in Carter Center press conferences, interviews or other media events, in coordination with Atlanta staff.
  • Complete other program design and implementation duties, as needed.

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


Review of applications will begin on Jan. 2, 2018


Note: As this is an international election observation mission, Sierra Leone nationals are not eligible to serve as 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.