Long-term Observer – Nepal

The Carter Center, Democracy Program

Long-Term Observer Recruitment Notice

Kathmandu, Nepal


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 is preparing to deploy a long-term observation mission for the parliamentary and provincial elections now scheduled for November, 26, 2017 in Nepal. We are currently recruiting highly-qualified individuals to serve as long-term observers (LTOs) for this mission. Contingent on the availability of funds and electoral developments, this position will be from approximately mid-September to mid-December.


LTOs will work in pairs and travel regularly within their area of responsibility in Nepal. Conditions vary, but candidates should be prepared to travel to remote, rural locations and must be able to work in difficult environments with minimal amenities. LTO safety is a priority for The Carter Center, and candidates must be willing to follow all communication and safety/security protocols.


LTO teams serve as the backbone of the Carter Center’s election observation missions and will monitor and report on key electoral developments in Nepal, including the electoral and political environment, human rights, civic and voter education, the media environment, voter registration, campaigning, voting, counting, and tabulation processes. LTOs will also report on political participation issues, including those related to ethnic minorities, religion, gender, disability, and poverty. This information will be the basis for an impartial assessment of the election process and recommendations for improving inclusiveness, credibility, and transparency.


Primary responsibilities:

  • Under the direction of the Field Office Director (FOD) and Observer Coordinator, and working in coordination with a long-term observer team partner, monitor the pre- and post-election environment, technical preparations, and the campaign, including voter registration, candidate nominations, campaigning, political environment, campaign finance, participation of women, election-day and post-election processes, and other aspects of the process.
  • In coordination with a long-term observer team partner, establish relationships with the relevant electoral authorities, political parties, government representatives, observer groups, armed forces and security authorities, and others at the regional and municipal levels in the assigned area of operation.
  • Provide weekly written reports and oral briefings on electoral developments as needed to the FOD and the Observer Coordinator, and contribute to other reports as directed. This may include editing weekly reports for contributions to pre-election statements.
  • Liaise with domestic election observers, civil society organizations, and any other community-based organizations operating at the regional and municipal levels.
  • Make logistical arrangements for the field deployment of the short-term observer (STO) delegation, including accommodation, meals, transport, interpretation and communication.
  • Prepare written briefing materials relevant to each deployment area, including contact lists. Assist with briefing members of the STO delegation.
  • Observe the voting, counting, and tabulation processes.
  • Observe post-election results and electoral dispute proceedings in the specified area of responsibility. Report to the leadership team as requested. Assist other Carter Center observers in returning to Kathmandu to debrief and depart Nepal.
  • Abide by the Carter Center’s code of conduct for international observation and agree to follow the principles of the International Declaration for International Observers as well as the observation methodology of the Carter Center mission in Nepal.



Ideal candidates will possess some or all of the following qualifications:

  • Experience in election monitoring or administration and/or democratic governance.
  • Knowledge of politics and culture in Nepal or the region.
  • Professional experience in Nepal or the region.
  • Expertise in some or all of the following areas: elections, human rights, conflict resolution and peace-building, political analysis.
  • Ability to communicate clearly in English, including through written reports. Willingness to read and contribute to reports.
  • Nepali language skills desired but not required.
  • Cross-cultural understanding and ability to live in difficult conditions, perform well under stress, work within a team, and maintain professionalism at all times.


Financial compensation:

LTO positions are considered voluntary. Selected candidates will receive a daily per diem to cover meals and incidental expenses, as well as a weekly stipend as remuneration. LTO housing and travel costs are undertaken by The Carter Center.


Candidates will be selected on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Please send cover letter, CV, dates of availability, and a list of references with subject line “Nepal LTO” to:


Jonathan Stonestreet

Associate Director

The Carter Center

E-mail: nepalrecruitment@cartercenter.org


Note: Because this is an international election observation mission, Nepali nationals are not eligible to serve as LTOs. Due to the large volume of applicants, only candidates selected for an interview or additional consideration will be notified, no phone calls please.