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

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Under the direction of the field office director, serve as an official representative of the Carter Center’s international election observation mission in Sierra Leone.
  • The Observer Coordinator will be responsible for managing observers 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 Sierra Leone, 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 observers while they are in the field.
  • This individual will maintain regular contact with Atlanta staff on the needs of observers 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 reporting on a regular 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 observer 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.


  • 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 observer previously.
  • An advanced degree in a relevant field is preferred.
  • 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 Sierra Leone or West Africa is desirable.
  • 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 “Sierra Leone Observer Coordinator” 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 Deputy Director.  Additionally, due to the large volume of applicants, only those candidates selected for additional consideration will be notified by the Center.