Consultant – Legal-Electoral and Campaign Expert, 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 Carter Center is seeking a highly qualified individual to serve as Legal-Electoral and Campaign expert of an EEM for Zambia’s 2021 general elections. The Legal-Electoral and Campaign Expert is primarily responsible for analyzing the electoral legal framework, assessing the performance of the election administration, assessing Campaign Financing and tracking and assessing the resolution of electoral disputes in accordance with Zambia’s commitments to international democratic election standards.

This individual would also serve as leader of the EEM. She/he will be in charge of election-related reporting and coordination of the activities of the EEM team. This position works in coordination with the Carter Center’s Atlanta staff   and works collaboratively with the Carter Center’s Country Representative in Zambia. This position is contingent on electoral developments. Deployment to Zambia is expected to be from June 2021 through September 2021.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Become familiar with the legal, constitutional, and regulatory framework for elections in Zambia, as well as any other relevant laws and regulations concerning media, judicial system, and electoral procedures.
  • Prepare a written legal framework assessment, including analysis of legislation related to the conduct of elections and political participation in Zambia, the constitution, the electoral framework and campaigning financing.
  • Become familiar with and provide overall assessments of electoral issues in Zambia, including the work of election management bodies; campaign financing; boundary delimitation; the voter register; candidate registration; voter education; advance voting; procedures for voting, counting, and result tabulation.
  • Undertake a comprehensive analysis of campaign strategies and tools of political parties and assess if a level playing field for all contestants in the electoral process is achieved.
  • Collect and analyze all relevant information to the electoral campaign such as cases of violation of campaign financing rules and the role of law enforcement forces at the national and local levels.
  • Act as a primary advisor on electoral law and practice, including liaising with the Zambian Electoral Commission (ZEC) and other stakeholders as necessary.
  • Become familiar with political participation issues, including those related to gender, ethnic minorities, disability, and poverty.
  • Provide legal and electoral analysis to The Carter Center on programmatic, operational, and substantive issues, including consideration of legislation and regulations, the political environment, electoral process, participation of women, youth, and ethnic minority communities, and other aspects as relevant in Zambia.
  • Synthesize and analyze findings of EEM Team. Key points should be included in regular written reports (weekly) and oral briefings as needed to the Carter Center’s Atlanta staff.
  • Direct and supervise EEM expatriate and national staff to implement all aspects of this project, working in concert with The Carter Center’s Atlanta staff and Zambia Country Representative.
  • Serve as a senior representative of The Carter Center in Zambia. Establish and maintain ongoing liaison with key actors in Zambia, including government officials, electoral representatives, political party leaders and candidates, NGO and civil society leaders, security officials, domestic and international observer groups, and the diplomatic and donor community to share views on the electoral process and political environment.
  • Assume lead role in drafting or overseeing drafting of Carter Center press releases and periodic public statements assessing status of key electoral preparations, as needed in consultation with the Center’s Atlanta staff.
  • Ensure that all EEM team members are aware of and adhere to Carter Center Codes of Conduct and UEC codes of conduct.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience on previous election observation missions as a legal or electoral analyst, and campaign analyst, and at least five years in the democracy, governance and/or elections field are required.
  • Demonstrated deep understanding of electoral law and its applications in similar contexts as Zambian electoral system especially as it pertains to electoral campaign finance and its implications to clear and effective election processes
  • Excellent knowledge of human rights and democratic election standards and familiarity with the technical procedures required for constituency delimitation, voter registration, candidate registration, and other steps of electoral preparation.
  • Applicants should have at least seven years of senior level experience implementing election monitoring missions, democracy and governance programs, or conflict-prevention efforts, ideally in Zambia or the region, or at a minimum in other countries in democratic transition.
  • Demonstrated experience and/or knowledge of the Carter Center’s observation methodology, including international and regional standards for democratic elections.
  • Proven experience in relevant leadership role(s) for international non-governmental organization, including establishment of field offices and managing required administrative procedures, personnel and programmatic activities.
  • Law or advanced degree in relevant field is preferred.
  • Leadership skills, cross-cultural understanding, and the ability to provide advice and guidance on mission management are required.
  • Strong knowledge of the political context and electoral environment in Zambia is desirable.
  • Strong English writing and communication skills, and competence with computer applications are required.

All applications must be submitted through the following link to be considered: https://airtable.com/shrFEv37nIVVTwrX0

Andrea Nelli Feroci

Associate Director

The Carter Center

E-mail: zambia.recruitment@cartercenter.org

Note: As this is an international election observation mission, Zambia nationals are not eligible to serve as Carter Center Mission Director. 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.