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 the Election Technology Analyst for an international election observation mission (IEOM) for the upcoming general elections in DRC. The Election Technology Analyst is primarily responsible for assessing the use of voting machines, as well as vote tabulation technologies, in accordance with the DRC’s international commitments to democratic elections. Deployment to the DRC will be from November 2023 through mid-January 2024.
- Become familiar with the legal, constitutional, and regulatory framework for the general elections in the DRC, as well as any other relevant laws and regulations.
- Become familiar with electoral issues in the DRC related to the use of technology in the election process, including the use of voting machines, biometric voter registration, and vote tabulation.
- In cooperation with other IEOM core team members and Atlanta staff, contribute to an overall analysis of the electoral environment in the DRC.
- Provide written assessments of the use of technology in the election process, including analysis of legislation, the processes related to the use of voting machines, the functioning of the voting machines, biometric registration, vote tabulation, and other issues.
- Coordinate with the Electoral and Legal Analysts in analyzing any complaints and appeals regarding the use of new technologies.
- In coordination with the Mission Director and Atlanta staff, assume the lead role in drafting sections related to election technology issues for internal and external reports and statements, including the final report.
- Act as the IEOM’s primary advisor on election technology, including liaising with the Independent National Election Commission (CENI) and other stakeholders as necessary.
- Conduct training or orientation sessions for staff, observers, and external stakeholders, including domestic observers, and prepare or contribute to briefing materials.
- Coordinate with Atlanta staff to suggest revisions/updates to the Carter Center methodology for assessing electronic voting technologies as outlined in the Center’s Handbook on Electronic Voting.
- Represent The Carter Center in electoral stakeholder coordination meetings as necessary.
- Complete other duties, as needed.
- Demonstrated experience with electronic election technologies, including previous election observation missions, academic work or election administration experience, and at least five years in the democracy, governance and/or elections field are required.
- Advanced degree in relevant field is preferred, especially IT engineering or similar.
- Strong French language skills are required. English writing and communication skills are desirable.
- Excellent knowledge of issues related to electronic voting or similar voting processes, familiarity with the technical procedures required for using electronic technology in elections transparently and with appropriate security safeguards.
- Demonstrated ability to provide advice, guidance, and analysis on election technology issues.
- Cross-cultural understanding and experience working in sensitive political situations.
- Previous experience in the DRC or the region is desirable, or comparable countries in transition.
Please send cover letter, CV (with level of French and English language skills), and a list of references with subject line “DRC Election Technology Analyst” to:
The Carter Center
Note: Because this is an international election observation mission, DRC nationals are not eligible to serve as the Carter Center Election Technology Analyst.