DRC Gender and Marginalized Communities Analyst

 The Carter Center

Democracy Program

Gender and Marginalized Communities Analyst Recruitment Notice

Kinshasa, DRC

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 highly-qualified candidates to serve as Gender and Marginalized Communities Analyst with the Center’s observation mission in the DRC. The position will assess and analyze key issues affecting women and minorities (Kasaians, Banyarwanda, Hunde, Nyanga, Nande, Bangala, Batwa, and Bambuti, among others) in the context of the DRC’s general elections. Issues include inter-ethnic conflicts and discrimination, with a particular focus on civic participation. The elections are scheduled to take place on December 23, 2018. The Gender and Marginalized Communities Analyst will contribute to public and private statements commenting on the electoral process to provide an impartial assessment of the elections as well as detailed recommendations for ways to improve their inclusiveness, credibility, and transparency. The position will report directly to the Atlanta-based project manager.

The short-term consultancy position requires travel to Kinshasa. The position will be contracted for approximately 8 – 12 weeks.  

Primary responsibilities:

  • Analyze aspects of the DRC’s national legislation concerning women and minority communities as it pertains to the DRC’s general elections. Assess whether provisions regarding their participation are implemented in accordance with the legal framework as well as international standards for democratic elections.
  • Assess the participation of women as voters, aspirants, and candidates in the electoral process against international standards and national legislation, including participation and representation in party primaries, candidate nominations, the campaign period, election day, and post-election dispute challenges.
  • Assess issues affecting marginalized populations (for example, Kasaians, Banyarwanda, Hunde, Nyanga, Nande, Bangala, Batwa and Bambuti, among others) including but not limited to land issues, inter-ethnic conflicts, discrimination, access to services, etc., that may influence in their full participation as voters or as candidates in the general elections.
  • Liaise with election administration officials, political party representatives, NGO and civil society leaders (particularly women and minority groups), judicial authorities and representatives of citizen domestic observer groups to gather information and share views on relevant issues related to women and minorities’ participation in the DRC’s elections.
  • Assess and analyze the role of minority communities’ participation in pre-election period, during election day and in the post-election period.
  • Prepare written reports and contribute to the drafting of public statements, including the preliminary statement and final report, as requested by Atlanta staff.

Qualifications:

Ideal candidates will possess some or all of the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of five years of experience implementing election monitoring missions, democracy and governance programs, or conflict-prevention efforts, ideally in countries transitioning to sustainable peace and democracy.
  • Specific experience and expertise on gender analysis and women’s participation in elections;
  • Specific experience working on marginalized communities’ civic engagement, especially in the context of elections;
  • Knowledge of DRC politics and culture, regional expertise;
  • Experience with countries transitioning to sustainable peace and democracy;
  • Cross-cultural understanding;
  • Strong writing and communication skills;
  • Ability to live in difficult conditions, perform well under stress, work within a team, and maintain professionalism at all times.
  • Knowledge of French is strongly preferred;

Compensation:

Salary is commensurate with experience. Costs associated with international travel as well as accommodation, transport and communications in the DRC are undertaken by the Carter Center.

Please send CV, brief cover letter, and contact details for at least three references to:

Michael Scholtens

Sandra Urquiza

The Carter Center

453 Freedom Parkway

Atlanta, Georgia 30307

E-mail: drceomrecruitment@cartercenter.org

Deadline for submissions: Ongoing until filled

Please note “Gender/Marginalized Communities Analyst” in the subject line of the email.

Note: Because this is an international observation mission, Congolese nationals are not eligible for this position. Applicants interested in national staff positions should see the announcements posted on Media Congo, and submit an application to: drciomrecruitment@cartercenter.org.

 

Due to the large volume of applicants, only those candidates selected for additional consideration will be notified by the Center.