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

Applicants should have 5-7 years of legal and electoral analysis experience on democracy and governance issues, including experience serving on election observation missions. 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. Demonstrated ability to conduct electoral assessments and/or provide elections technical assistance is required. The position is contingent on availability of funding.

The Legal Analyst would become fully familiar with the legal, constitutional, and regulatory framework for elections in Sierra Leone, including assessing the legal provisions for citizen, political party, and other groups’ participation in elections, and is responsible for engaging with key electoral stakeholders. The Legal Analyst conducts a legal framework assessment, documents relevant legal complaints and appeals in the pre and post-election period, and briefs mission members and Atlanta staff verbally and through written reports. The expert prepares a written legal framework assessment including analysis of all current and pending national legislation related to the conduct of elections and political participation in Sierra Leone, the Constitution of Sierra Leone, and Sierra Leone’s international human rights commitments. The legal analyst contributes to public statements and reports. The Legal Analyst may conduct training or orientation sessions for staff and observers, and may prepare or contribute to briefing materials.

Please send cover letter, CV, contract requirements, dates of availability, and list of references with subject line “Sierra Leone Legal Analyst” to:


Review of applications will begin on Jan. 2, 2018


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