Electoral Analyst (Contractor – Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo)

The Carter Center is guided by a fundamental commitment to promote human rights, alleviate human suffering, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health conditions. The Center seeks a highly qualified, motivated and energetic consultant to serve as Electoral Analyst (independent contractor) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo(DRC).

Background. The Carter Center currently conducts programs in the DRC on human rights, citizen observation of elections, and extractive industries governance. The Center deployed international observation missions to the DRC for the 2006 and 2011 elections. In advance of the upcoming elections scheduled for December 2018, the Center plans to closely monitor political and electoral developments and to assess how best it can support a successful electoral process.

Position Summary. Working with Carter Center staff in Atlanta and the DRC, the Electoral Analyst will engage with key electoral, governmental, and civil society stakeholders to learn more about preparations for elections anticipated this year.  This position will be based in Kinshasa, DRC and may require other internal travel. Theposition would be for an initial period of 3 months, starting as soon as possible.  Extensions may be possible if funding is secured.

 Minimum Qualifications and Requirements.  The qualified candidate will have all or most of the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of 5-10 years of electoral analysis experience on elections or democracy and governance issues, preferably including work on election observation and assistance.
  • In-depth knowledge of international obligations and standards relating to democratic elections.
  • Prior work experience in DRC or the Great Lakes region is highly preferred.
  • Fluency in French and English.
  • Strong writing and communication skills; and
  • Ability to work within a dynamic cultural team under pressure and to meet required deadline.

Primary Responsibilities.

  • In coordination with other TCC field staff, serve as a representative of The Carter Center in the DRC.
  • Become familiar with current electoral and political issues in the DRC.
  • Become familiar with the legal, constitutional and regulatory framework for the planned 2018 elections in the DRC, as well as any other relevant laws and regulations.
  • Meet with Congolese election officials (the Independent National Election Commission, CENI), political party representatives, NGO and civil society leaders, to better understand key aspects of the planned electoral process.
  • Gain an understanding of the technical procedures required for campaigning, balloting, tabulation and electoral dispute resolution, as well as aspects of election administration.
  • In cooperation with the field office staff and Atlanta staff, provide analysis of the electoral environment in the DRC, taking into account the preparedness of national and regional electoral bodies and government institutions, the legal framework, and other developments on electoral issues.
  • Draw on global and regional experience (including conducting research and preparing briefings as necessary) to assist The Carter Center in assessing possible roles in upcoming elections in the DRC.
  • Draft weekly and regular thematic reports on political and electoral developments in the DRC and contribute to proposals or other programmatic documents as needed.

Please send cover letter, CV, contract requirements, dates of availability, and a list of references to the address below with the subject of “DRC Electoral Expert”:

The Carter Center

E-mail:  DemocracyProgramRecruitment@cartercenter.org

 

Recruitment decisions will be made on a rolling basis

 

Note: Because this position has the profile of an international electoral assessment, Congolese nationals are not eligible to apply. Due to the large volume of applicants, only those candidates selected for an interview or additional consideration will be notified by the Center.