Deputy Field Office Director Zimbabwe

The Carter Center

Democracy Program

International Election Observation Mission
Harare, Zimbabwe

Deputy Field Office Director Recruitment Notice

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.

Pending donor funding and accreditation, The Carter Center plans to deploy an international election observation mission to Zimbabwe, and is recruiting technical experts for a core team. The Center is currently recruiting a highly-qualified individual with a minimum of five to seven years of experience to serve as Deputy Field Office Director surrounding the general elections in Zimbabwe. The independent contractor position would be assigned for a minimum of three months and could be extended, pending the availability of donor funds and/or a runoff. The core team will deploy June 1. The position requires relocation to Zimbabwe in June and may involve travel within the country. 


  • Serve as an official representative of the Carter Center’s international election observation mission in Zimbabwe.
  • Work under the supervision of the Field Office Director (FOD) to supervise local staff, oversee daily operations, and contribute to the mission’s technical assessments of Zimbabwe’s electoral process;
  • Monitor the pre-election and post-election political/electoral environment, including the distribution and handling of materials, polling period, and counting and tabulation period and assess for conformity with administrative procedures.
  • Under the direction of the FOD, attend and report on meetings of the ZEC and other relevant stakeholders tasked with implementing the electoral law;
  • Support and attend high-level leadership meetings, when appropriate, and assume other responsibilities of the FOD as requested;
  • Provide technical assessments and analysis, contributing to weekly reporting and other memos as needed;
  • In coordination with the FOD, take primary role in establishing a fully functioning field office, including observer accreditation, internet and communications, supplies, etc.
  • Supervise and ensure a functional distribution of work among national staff;
  • Provide input on observer deployment, including observer arrival, orientation, training, deployment, and de-brief; and

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Five to seven years of experience required in implementing election monitoring missions, democracy and governance programs, or conflict-prevention efforts. EOM experience highly desired.
  2. Experience in managing a field office programs, operations, and personnel required.
  3. Individual should be detail oriented, well organized, and able to work under pressure and tight deadlines when necessary.
  4. A high level of personal energy, positive attitude and ability to work in a team setting are essential.
  5. Professional experience working in Zimbabwe or Sub-Saharan Africa is highly desirable.
  6. Proficiency in English, with strong writing and communication skills, required.

Please send cover letter, CV, contract requirements, dates of availability, and a list of references with subject line “Zimbabwe Deputy Field Office Director” to: Email application materials to

Applications must be received by May 11 though interested applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible; decisions will be made on a rolling basis from the deadline until the position is filled. As this is an international election observation mission, Zimbabwean nationals are not eligible to serve as core team members. Due to the large volume of applicants, only those candidates selected for an interview or additional consideration will be notified by the Center.