Consultant – Political Analyst

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 Political Analyst on an election observation mission for the 2022 Tunisian constitutional referendum and parliamentary elections. The selected person will report to the Tunis-based Mission Director and Atlanta-based Associate Director of the Carter Center’s Democracy Program.  

Applicants should have 5-7 years of experience working on election observation missions or democracy and governance programs with a focus on political/electoral analysis The ideal candidate would have experience working in countries transitioning to a democratic government or within the MENA region, and a strong understanding of international public law relating to democratic elections. Fluency in English is required; Arabic and/or French is highly desirable. The position requires relocation to Tunis in early July and, pending the electoral process, will last until January 30, 2023.

Primary responsibilities of the Political Analyst include:

  • Assess the political and electoral environment throughout the electoral process and identify key electoral and political concerns. Provide analysis and strategic advice to the Center on important substantive issues.
  • Meet with political party representatives, NGO and civil society leaders, and representatives from other observer groups, in coordination with members of the election observation mission, to share views on the electoral process and political environment.
  • Assess the campaign environment to date, assessing the freedoms of assembly, movement, and expression vis-à-vis international obligations and national law.
  • Brief mission members on important political dynamics and provide training to long-term and short-term observers regarding political entities and the campaign.
  • Prepare political background and briefing papers for leadership and observers as appropriate.
  • Oversee scheduling of leadership meetings and manage schedule during EOMs.
  • Monitor the campaign activities of prominent candidates and parties  and brief mission members and observers. Prepare background material on candidates and parties campaigning for or against the referendum and for candidates and parties competing in the elections.
  • Prepare supplemental memos and weekly reporting assessing specific issues on an as needed basis.
  • Contribute to the preparation of public statements throughout the mission as well as a final report at the end of the mission, which will contain the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the election observation mission. In coordination with other technical experts, assume lead role for drafting all report sections focused on the electoral and political environment and the campaign, as well as review of the full report in coordination with the Mission Director.
  • Remain available for consultation until the final report is published.

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

Only applications received through this link will be considered.

As this is an international election observation mission, Tunisian 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.

Deadline for submissions: June 24, 2022