Observer Coordinator – Nairobi, Kenya

Democracy Program
Observer Coordinator
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 Observer Coordinator in implementation of an international election observation mission surrounding the Aug. 8, 2017 general elections in Kenya. The selected contractor would manage the Center’s long-term and short-term observers, including their electoral and political reporting, and deployment logistics. The independent contractor position would be assigned for a minimum of five months, pending receipt of donor funding and a potential presidential runoff. The core team will deploy April 1. The position requires relocation to Kenya in April and involve travel within the country. 


  • Serve as an official representative of the Carter Center’s international election observation mission in Kenya.
  • The Observer Coordinator will be responsible for managing long-term observers (LTOs) and short-term observers (STOs) throughout the mission, including arrival and orientation, training, deployment, debrief and departure.
  • The Observer Coordinator will serve as the primary point of contact for observers and be in daily contact during their time in Kenya, collecting reports, addressing issues, and aligning observers’ performance with the mission’s expressed goals and deliverables.
  • S/he will prepare the logistics, training, programmatic support and reporting of short-term observers (STOs) while they are in the field.
  • This individual will maintain regular contact with Atlanta staff on the needs of LTOs and STOs and the mission more broadly, and help to facilitate the participation of the high-level leadership delegation.
  • The consultant will provide analysis and strategic advice to The Carter Center on substantive electoral, political party and campaign dynamics based on the observer reporting.
  • S/he will establish, monitor and troubleshoot the reporting tools used by observers, conduct analysis of incidents reported by the observer team during the pre- and post- electoral period, and synthesize LTO reporting on a weekly basis.
  • The Observer Coordinator may prepare supplemental memos and weekly reports, and will play a supportive role in the drafting of public statements and reports. S/he will contribute to all report sections drawn from LTO and STO reporting, including candidate registration, campaign, and regional election administration, among other issues.
  • In coordination with Atlanta staff, the incumbent will order, track, and return equipment necessary to carry out the observation mission, including supplies, computers, tablets, etc.


  1. The Observer Coordinator will have a minimum of three to five years of experience working on election observation missions, and demonstrated experience working as an LTO previously.
  2. An advanced degree in a relevant field is preferred.
  3. S/he should have demonstrated competencies in organization, financial management, security awareness, and observation methodology.
  4. S/he will possess cross-cultural understanding and ability to live in difficult conditions, perform well under stress within a team, and maintain professionalism at all times.
  5. Experience in Kenya or sub-Saharan Africa is desirable.
  6. Fluency in English is required. Strong writing and communication skills, and competence with computer applications, required.

Please send cover letter, CV, contract requirements, dates of availability, and a list of references with subject line “Kenya Observer Coordinator” 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 the position is 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.