Observer Coordinator – Nepal

The Carter Center, Democracy Program


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 Carter Center is seeking a highly-qualified individual to serve as Observer Coordinator of the Center’s international election observation mission for Nepal’s upcoming parliamentary and provincial elections. The successful candidate for this independent contract position would coordinate the activities and deployment of observers in Nepal. Contingent on the availability of funds and electoral developments, deployment to Nepal will be from September 2017 through December 2017. The position requires travel within Nepal.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • In coordination with the Field Office Director and other core team experts, 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 Nepal, collecting and analyzing reports, problem solving, and aligning observers’ work with the mission’s objectives.
  • S/he will prepare the logistics, training, programmatic support and reporting of observers 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 Observer Coordinator will provide analysis and strategic advice to The Carter Center on substantive electoral, political party and campaign dynamics based on 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 Observer Coordinator will order, track, and return equipment necessary to carry out the observation mission, including supplies, computers, tablets, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned



  • 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.
  • Fluency in English, strong writing and communication skills, and competence with computer applications are required.
  • S/he should have demonstrated competencies in organization, financial management, security awareness, and observation methodology.
  • 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.
  • Experience in Nepal or in the region is desirable or, at a minimum, comparable countries in transition.



Please send cover letter, CV, contract requirements, and list of references with subject line “Nepal Observer Coordinator” to:


Jonathan Stonestreet

Associate Director

The Carter Center



Note: As this is an international election observation mission, Nepali nationals are not eligible to serve as Carter Center Observer Coordinator. 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.