Consultant(s) – Lead Facilitator and Experienced Trainers

Recruitment Notice

Democracy and Conflict Resolution Programs

Consultant(s) – Lead Facilitator and Experienced Trainers

Khartoum, Sudan – November/December 2022

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 conducting the Youth Citizen Observer Initiative in Sudan, a project intended to strengthen the role of youth in Sudan’s ongoing political transition as independent watchdogs and mediators in their communities. It plans to offer a training program to an initial cohort of 36 youth observers to enhance their familiarity with domestic observation methods and on specialized topics to support increased youth engagement in Sudan.

The Center is seeking an experienced lead trainer and three supporting trainers to coordinate and oversee adult training activities in the coming weeks in Khartoum, working with other facilitators in November and December. The Lead Trainer position is scheduled for a four- to six-week period and the supporting trainers for a two- to three-week period.

A minimum of seven years of experience in activities relating to civil society support programming and demonstrated prior engagement with democracy and governance issues in complex or sensitive operating environments is required. This position requires travel to Khartoum. Candidates with significant substantive experience relating to delivering successful adult learning programs; experience living or working in Sudan; and Arabic and English language proficiency will be given the highest consideration.

Responsibilities: The Lead Facilitator will be responsible for developing materials and leading training exercises in consultation with TCC staff in Atlanta and Khartoum. Supporting facilitators will assist in finalizing the training curriculum and implementing the initial trainings. S/he will:

  • Design agendas and training materials for the Carter Center’s training and support program for the youth citizen observers, providing key input in areas of citizen observation principles and methodology, do no harm principles, and/or organizational development of civil society groups. Pending the background and experience of the trainers identified, trainers may contribute or conduct additional training sessions on specialized topics, including strategic planning and agenda building, and communications outreach.
  • Lead training sessions of youth observers, providing background on approaches and best practices in training adult learners and facilitating dialogue on sensitive topics. Instruct participants regarding the code of conduct for citizen observation and do no harm principles, as well as the logistical and administrative aspects of observation efforts and programming intended to assist with the development of democratic institutions and facilitate dialogue/training on different topics of interest related to the transition and youth engagement in Sudan.
  • Support Carter Center field staff to coordinate the logistics of Khartoum-based trainings, including logistical, administrative, and programmatic issues.
  • If selected as the Lead Facilitator:
    • Provide support and oversight to trainees and assist in the refinement of their skills.
    • Oversee, guide, and direct other Carter Center facilitators.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A minimum of seven years of experience related to election observation, civil society support programming or transition monitoring in countries transitioning to democracy; conflict mitigation and/or other related fields;
  • Demonstrated experience working as a long-term observer, observer coordinator or other core team position in international or citizen election observation missions is required;
  • Demonstrated experience in using a variety of facilitation methods for facilitating conversation, workshops or trainings for groups in conflict in the MENA region;  
  • Extensive knowledge of election observation methodology, reporting, data collection and other aspects of election monitoring;
  • Experience delivering adult learning programs;
  • Democracy and governance subject area expertise with demonstrated experience working in sensitive political environments, such as countries in transition or post-conflict environments. Experience living and working in Sudan or the MENA region is desirable.
  • Strong training, writing and communication skills required.
  • A high level of personal energy, positive attitude and ability to work in a team setting are essential. Proficiency in English is required; elementary Arabic language skills preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (political science, law, development studies or similar) or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Masters or advanced degree preferred.

Please upload a cover letter highlighting your applicable experience and a CV to the linked formOnly applications uploaded in the system will be considered. Applicants who applied to a previous announcement will also be considered. Deadline for submissions: Nov. 4, 2022 or until filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their application documents as soon as possible; decisions will be made on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 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 or in-person contacts will be entertained.