Consultant – Participatory Rights Expert, Electoral Expert Mission, Venezuela

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 availability of funding, 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 Venezuela for the regional elections to be held on November 21, 2021.

The Carter Center is seeking a highly qualified person to serve as a participatory rights analyst. The analyst will be part of the Carter Center EEM to Venezuela. The participatory rights expert will assess Venezuelan participatory rights framework in the context to upcoming electoral process and will evaluate how they affect and shape the electoral campaign and process for the regional elections. The analyst 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 Caracas, Venezuela is expected to be in October-December 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Primary responsibilities:

  • In coordination with the Mission Director and The Carter Center staff in Atlanta, carry out a general analysis of participatory rights in the context of the Venezuelan electoral process.
  • Analyze issues (both de jure and de facto) of political participation and discrimination including those related to gender, ethnic minorities, underrepresented groups, disability, and poverty.
  • In coordination with the EEM Legal and Electoral Analysts and The Carter Center staff in Atlanta, carry out a general analysis on if/how electoral issues affect 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).
  • Analyze if and how participatory rights in Venezuela are affected by the political context as well as COVID-19 movement limitations and social distancing regulations.
  • Analyze if and how participatory rights and electoral campaign activities in Venezuela are affected by the Government and the National Electoral Council (CNE) regulations to contain the spread of COVID-19 during the electoral process.
  • Analyze political parties, social movements, indigenous organizations, women’s organizations, and underrepresented groups strategies to participate in campaign activities in the context of COVID-19 limitations.
  • Coordinate in close collaboration with the rest of the expert team to identify information, data and analytical inputs that may be relevant for the participatory rights analysis.
  • In coordination with the Mission Director and the Carter Center staff of in Atlanta, lead the drafting of sections related to participatory rights issues for the internal weekly reports and the final report of the EEM.
  • Hold meetings with relevant stakeholders and undertake comprehensive analysis of the situation in Venezuela as it relates with participatory rights’ issues, including meetings with relevant government institutions and agencies, scholars, social media platforms representatives and civil society groups working on protection of participatory rights.
  • Assess Venezuela’s fulfilment of commitments related to participatory rights, including freedom of opinion, expression, and association.

Qualifications:

Ideal candidates will possess some or all the following qualifications:

  • Significant substantive experience working internationally on democracy and governance, human rights, or related field.
  • Robust background in and knowledge of international and regional law and human rights standards, including but not limited to participatory rights.
  • Demonstrated experience in assessing human rights with a focus on fundamental freedoms pertaining to political and electoral rights.
  • Candidates with a demonstrated understanding of Venezuelan political dynamics with emphasis on political and electoral issues and experience working or living in Venezuela and/or the region will be given highest consideration.
  • Leadership skills, cross-cultural understanding, and a background working in sensitive political situations are required.
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Ability to move in difficult conditions, perform well under stress, work within a team, and always maintain professionalism
  • Fluency in Spanish and English, both written and spoken, is required

All applications must be submitted through the following link to be considered: https://airtable.com/shrwGYdctvMk8cnQZ

Andrea Nelli Feroci

Associate Director, Democracy Program

The Carter Center

If you have questions, please email: venezuela.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.