Consultant – Mission Director for Sudan International Observation Mission -position based in Nairobi, Kenya, with potential for regional travel

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. 

With over three decades of working in Sudan and a broad network of relationships across its 18 states, the Carter Center is monitoring the country’s ongoing conflict and transition processes in support of long-term peace prospects. The Center is planning to deploy a remote international observation mission that will monitor developments in Sudan and preparations for a post-conflict political transition. Experts will additionally provide mentorship and technical assistance to citizen observers in Sudan. The mission will be based in Nairobi, Kenya, with a potential relocation to Sudan pending political and security developments.

The Carter Center is seeking a highly qualified candidate to serve as a Mission Director on its international observer mission. The Mission Director will oversee the Center’s observation activities, including coordination, deployment and security of core team analysts and long-term observers, public reporting, and office management and administration. The deployment for this position is expected in late June or early July2024 for a one-year period, with the possibility of extension. Applicants must confirm their availability for deployment through August 2025.

Desired Qualifications and Experience

Applicants for the position should have:

  • At least 10 years of senior experience working on transitional, human rights or election monitoring, conflict resolution, and/or democratic governance programming;
  • Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict environment; a strong knowledge of and experience in Sudan is preferred;
  • A master’s or doctoral degree in political science, international relations or similar field;
  • Demonstrated experience and/or knowledge of the Carter Center’s observation methodology and international human rights law;
  • Demonstrated experience in relevant leadership roles for international non-governmental organizations, including establishing field offices; managing administrative procedures, personnel and programmatic activities; and overseeing arrangements regarding the technical, operational, financial and security requirements of the monitoring mission;
  • Demonstrated experience overseeing core team and stakeholders’ analytical contributions, and synthesizing team contributions into public reporting, including regular written reports, press releases, talking points and oral briefings;
  • Leadership skills, personnel management experience, and cross-cultural understanding are essential. A high degree of adaptability to a changing environment and programmatic activities;
  • Fluency in English is required; Arabic is highly desirable.

To be considered for this position, provide your application details and upload a CV/resume and cover letter in support of your application to the following website: Sudan IO (

Only applications received through this link will be considered.

Given the international nature of this observer project, Sudanese nationals are not eligible for this role. 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.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The deadline to apply is currently scheduled for May 27, 2024.