Long-Term Observers – Liberia

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The Carter Center, Democracy Program
Long-Term Observer Recruitment Notice
Monrovia, Liberia

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 will deploy a long-term international observation mission to monitor Liberia’s national elections anticipated in October 2017. We are currently recruiting highly-qualified individuals to serve as long-term observers (LTOs) for this mission. This position will require relocation to Liberia in mid-August for approximately 3 months.

LTO teams serve as the backbone of the Center’s election observation missions and are expected to monitor, assess, and report on key electoral developments within Liberia, including but not limited to: the electoral and political environment, human rights, civic and voter education, women’s political participation, the media environment, campaigning, polling, counting, tabulation processes, and electoral dispute resolution. This information will be used to generate public and private statements regarding preparations for the election in order to provide an impartial assessment of the processes and detailed recommendations for ways to improve its inclusiveness, credibility, and transparency.

LTOs will work in pairs and travel regularly within their area of responsibility. 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 serious priority for The Carter Center and candidates must be willing to carefully follow all communication and safety/security protocols.

Primary Responsibilities

Observers shall provide services related to election assessment, political reporting, and logistical support for the Center’s transition monitoring and election observation mission in Liberia as follows:

A. Under the direction of the Center’s Field Office Director (FOD) in Monrovia and working in coordination with your observation team partner, monitor aspects of the political transition as directed, as well as the pre-election, election day, and post-election environment, including: technical preparations, civic and voter education, campaigning, the political situation, women’s political participation, voting-day and post-voting processes, and other aspects of the process in your Area of Responsibility (AoR).

B. In coordination with your observation team partner, establish relationships with the relevant authorities, political party officials, civil society organizations, government representatives, observer groups, the media, judiciary, police, and others at the state and county level in your AoR.

C. Provide weekly written reports and oral briefings on political dynamics and election developments as needed to the FOD, and contribute to other reports as directed. This may include editing weekly reports for contributions to one or more larger assessment reports that the Center may issue.

D. Liaise with domestic observers, civil society organizations, political parties, government officials, and others in your AoR.

E. At the direction of the FOD and as needed, partner with civil society organizations and domestic observers to share information and build monitoring and reporting skills.

F. Make preparations for short-term observers (STOs) as needed. Observe the voting, counting, and tabulation processes in your AoR, and follow a regular schedule to report both quantitative and qualitative information back to the field office.

G. Observe election dispute proceedings in your AoR. Report to the field office as requested.

H. 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 Liberia.

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 of Liberia;
  • Expertise in some or all of the following areas: elections, human rights, conflict resolution and peace-building, political analysis;
  • Experience with countries transitioning from war to sustainable peace;
  • Cross-cultural understanding;
  • 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. All LTO housing and travel costs are undertaken by The Carter Center. The Center will provide for all communication, services, support, and equipment necessary to do the job of an observer.

Please send a brief cover letter, CV, and references via email with subject line “Liberia LTO” by July 10 to:

Email: Liberiarecruitment@cartercenter.org

Note: Because this is an international election observation mission, Liberia nationals are not eligible to serve as Carter Center LTOs.  Due to the large volume of applicants, only those candidates selected for an interview or additional consideration will be notified by the Center.