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 Center is recruiting a highly-qualified individual to serve as Security/Operations Manager of Carter Center election observation activities in Nepal. The successful candidate will conduct a security assessment, develop and implement security protocols, and provide operational support for the international observation mission and other Carter Center personnel. Contingent on the availability of funds and electoral developments, deployment to Nepal will be from September 2017 through December 2017.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • In coordination with the Field Office Director (FOD) and Deputy Field Office Director (DFOD), assist in the design and management of the Center’s planned observation activities, including deployment plans, with specific responsibilities to:


  • Prepare a list of possible observer deployment sites.
  • Prepare and implement deployment plans for observers.
  • Develop and implement a security reporting system for observers.
  • Coordinate logistics and security to facilitate observer deployment.
  • Ensure security requirements and policies are implemented by all team members.
  • Assist in recruitment of local staff, including drivers and interpreters.


  • With input from the FOD and Atlanta-based project manager, draft a security manual for use in briefing all staff and long- and short-term observers. Design security protocols, including for potential evacuation. Lead security training on security protocols and information for all staff and observers, incorporating these materials.
  • In coordination with the DFOD and the Observer Coordinator, manage logistics for deployment within Nepal, including arrangements for and coordination of vehicles and drivers; oversight of local staff working on logistics; airport pick-up/drop-off; observer transportation plans within their areas of responsibility; training of drivers on security protocols; accommodation for long-term observers (LTOs) and other team members.
  • Conduct an assessment of the overall state of security in Nepal, along with specifics about possible or previously determined deployment sites. This information should be provided in writing to both the FOD and the Atlanta-based project manager.
  • In coordination with the FOD and DFOD, establish and facilitate contacts with the police forces, military, relevant government ministries, and international organizations on security, medical, and health matters. Liaise with interlocutors regarding the security environment. Represent the field office on operational and security matters in meetings.
  • Gather and analyze security-related information and stay updated on the security situation
  • Contribute to daily, weekly, and monthly project reporting on security, logistics, and operations in Nepal. Produce ad hoc security updates/analysis and recommendations in case of political and security events threatening Carter Center staff or project partners.
  • Manage observer security status on a daily basis through scheduled reporting and oversight of local staff. In coordination with the Observer Coordinator, track movements of staff and observers. Oversee and conduct check-in calls with observers, as appropriate.
  • Train and supervise security-related field office staff. Provide security training to drivers, guards and other staff if needed. Train staff in the use of all communication equipment and provide detailed instructions for all communications methods.
  • Participate in meetings to disseminate information on security, deployment, and logistics.
  • Locate and assist in making arrangements for evacuation with international and local government agencies as well as private companies. Negotiate and/or review security contracts with local providers for security guards as necessary, and advise FOD on procurement of health and security related services.
  • If evacuation is required, lead the evacuation process in accordance with pre-established plans and arrangements, making decisions in coordination with the FOD.
  • Perform other duties, as needed.



  • Applicants should have a minimum of seven years of experience working in the security or related fields, preferably with previous experience working on an election observation mission or similar development project.
  • English language skills required. Nepali language skills are an asset but not required.
  • Strong writing/communication skills and competence with technology required.
  • Prior work experience in Nepal, the region, or at a minimum, other countries in transition, is highly preferred.
  • Leadership skills, cross-cultural understanding, and a background dealing with sensitive political situations are encouraged.


Please send cover letter, CV, dates of availability, and a list of references with subject line “Nepal Security/Operations Manager” 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 the Security/Operations Manager.  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.