Consultant – Electoral Violence Analyst, Electoral Expert Mission, Lusaka, Zambia

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.

Contingent on the electoral calendar, an invitation to observe, and developments related to COVID-19, The Carter Center is preparing to deploy an Electoral Expert Mission (EEM) to Zambia for general elections to be held on August 12, 2021.

The Center is seeking a highly qualified individual to serve as the Electoral Violence Analyst. The analyst will be part of the Carter Center EEM to Zambia.  The analyst will assess political violence dynamics in the context of Zambia’s electoral process. This position will contribute to public and private statements regarding the electoral process to provide an impartial assessment of the elections.

This position is contingent on electoral developments. Deployment to Zambia is expected to be in July-August 2021. Assumptions regarding deployment may change contingent on Zambia’s electoral calendar and developments related to COVID-19. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Primary responsibilities:

The Electoral Violence Analyst will be responsible for engaging with key electoral stakeholders to assess Zambia’s electoral violence. S/he will:

  • Become familiar with the Zambian electoral, legal, and regulatory framework. Assess technical procedures and challenges for political parties, movements, and citizens in general as authorities deal with electoral violence and other relevant issues against national legislation, administrative procedures, and international obligations for democratic elections.
  • Act as an advisor on electoral violence issues to the mission, including liaising with the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and other electoral stakeholders as it relates particularly to electoral violence.
  • In coordination with the Legal and Campaign analyst and The Carter Center staff in Atlanta, carry out a general analysis on if/how electoral violence affects participatory rights (specifically the right to participate in public affairs, freedoms of expression, opinion, association and assembly and other rights related to full and equal participation in political and public life).
  • Assess the role of the state security bodies during the whole electoral process.
  • Analyze issues (both de jure and de facto) of political participation and discrimination and how electoral violence interacts with them, including those related to gender, ethnic minorities, underrepresented groups, disability and poverty.
  • Analyze if and how COVID-19 movement limitations and social distancing regulations have an impact on electoral violence dynamics.
  • Coordinate with the Social Media Analyst to analyze how off-line and online political and electoral violence interact.
  • Meet with representatives of political parties and movements, the judiciary, NGOs and civil society, national observer groups and other key stakeholders, in coordination with members of the EEM, to gather data and information about electoral violence. 
  • Prepare briefing papers and memos as requested on key aspects of election administration regarding electoral violence in the context of the August 2021 general elections
  • Assist in drafting Carter Center mission press releases, public statements, and project reports with a lead role in assessing the legal framework and election administration as it relates to electoral violence

Qualifications:

Ideal candidates will possess some or all the following qualifications:

  • Candidates with a demonstrated understanding of Zambian political dynamics with emphasis on political and electoral violence and its repercussions on democracy, experience working or living in Zambia and/or the region will be given highest consideration.
  • Strong experience working on election observation missions, election administration focusing on analysis of electoral violence of various types.
  • Five to ten years of experience in democracy and/or elections is required, in addition to a degree in political science or another relevant field.
  • Previous participation in international election observation missions and a strong knowledge of election observation methodologies
  • Demonstrated legal experience and knowledge of election law and international obligations concerning human rights, including political and electoral rights, electoral and political violence
  • Excellent organizational, oral and written communication skills
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken, is required.
  • Professional experience in Zambia or the region is desirable.
  • Leadership skills, cross-cultural understanding, and a background working in sensitive political situations are required.
  • Leadership skills, cross-cultural understanding, and a background working in sensitive political situations and as part of a team are required.

All applications must be submitted through the following link to be considered: https://airtable.com/shrVO4d80ZUXSHSyY

Andrea Nelli Feroci

Associate Director, Democracy Program

The Carter Center

If you have questions, please email: zambia.recruitment@cartercenter.org

Note: Due to the large volume of applicants, only candidates selected for an interview or additional consideration will be notified. No phone calls please.