Consultant: Election Advisor to Democracy Resilience Network

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 the Center’s US Elections Project.

This position requires up to 5 days of work per month.

Start date: As soon as possible.

Location: Remote, with possible travel to Atlanta and other states The Carter Center will be working in

Pay: Commensurate with experience

Length of Assignment: Through August 31, 2024, with the possibility of extension or contract renewal depending on performance

The Democracy Program at The Carter Center works globally to support and strengthen participatory democracy, consistent with human rights. Beginning in 2020, The Carter Center began efforts to support elections in the United States. There are multiple key aspects to this project: establishing nonpartisan observation efforts, bolstering the electoral dispute resolution process, tracking disinformation and dangerous speech, contributing to electoral reform, and promoting a set of candidate principles for trusted elections. 

The Democracy Program works closely with the Center’s Conflict Resolution Program and its Democracy Resilience Networks (DRNs). The Democracy Resilience Networks bring together key state leaders in FL, GA, NC, MI, WI, and AZ to develop honest messaging campaigns and build trust in democratic processes. The Democracy Program is also active in several of these states and serves as the electoral expert advisor to the DRNs. This position will assist the Democracy Program in coordinating with the DRNs by attending DRN meetings and providing support and expertise to the DRNs regarding U.S. election administration and processes.

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

Election Expertise

  • Understand the election administration process and election law in the key states where the DRNs operate;
  • Contribute to election-related research and drafting of documents for public and private use on key issues related to the electoral process of the 2023 and 2024 elections, in the key states that the DRNs operate in;
  • Contribute to a range of written outputs on election issues for use by DRNs, including public reports, public statements, voter education materials and scripts, op-eds and articles, talking points and other internal briefing documents. 
  • Advise on election related messaging content for the DRNs in consultation with Democracy Program staff and consultants;
  • Help to ensure consistency on election related messaging on election related issues across the DRNs
  • Provide ad-hoc election-related advice and guidance to the DRNs as needed.
  • Ensure materials produced by the Democracy Program are shared on the DRN websites;

Project Coordination:

  • Support coordination among the Carter Center staff members and consultants who support the DRNs and the Center’s elections programming, including Tracking DRN activity in key states and assessing the possibilities for collaboration; and
  • Assist in the scheduling and preparation of stakeholder meetings and events as needed; 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum 7 – 10 years professional experience working on election administration related issues in the United States
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, as part of a diverse and inter-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to navigate complex political environments. 
  • Excellent understanding of the election and voting process in the U.S. 
  • Excellent understanding of key political dynamics around elections in the U.S. 
  • Experience with Microsoft Dynamics CRM tool or similar tool.
  • Organized, efficient, and a strong communicator.
  • Flexibility and ability to adapt to changing project demands.

To apply, please fill out the form at the link below and attach a CV and Cover Letter.

Only applications submitted at the above site will be considered.

Deadline for submissions:

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Interested parties are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible.

Only those candidates selected for an interview or additional consideration will be notified by the Center. No separate emails, phone calls, or in-person contacts, please.