The position will conduct a preliminary political assessment and advise on issues of inclusive governance and constitutional reform.
TCC is seeking to recruit a short-term consultant to travel to Guyana in the coming weeks (perhaps first week of December) to conduct a round of meetings with key political stakeholders in Guyana including: senior members of political parties, civil society group leaders, religious leaders, members of the civic and legal communities, and others. The purpose is to assess the positions and readiness of key political forces to genuinely engage in discussions on governance questions and constitutional reform, and to gauge the attitudes of civil society, religious, and other societal groups to play appropriate parallel / supportive roles. The mission is envisioned as a precursor to other anticipated TCC work and project activities on constitutional reform (e.g., analyses of the constitutional provisions and technical workshops on constitutional reform topics), as the success and meaningfulness of the latter depends on having a firm understanding the politics, political perspectives, and incentives of key groups. The Expert should have in-depth knowledge and experience with Guyanese politics, including about key political and societal leaders.
Related Background: TCC will be launching an EOM around the same time, or perhaps an advance team for an EOM (depending on the timing of an anticipated formal invitation). The consultant who does the “political assessment” would liaise with the TCC EOM team, as appropriate, in a manner to be determined in consultation with the EOM team and TCC HQ staff. (There may be both pros and cons to having the Political Expert work closely with OR keep some distance with the TCC team. This would be assessed in the interim period between now and mission).
The aims of the mission are:
(1) Most importantly, to assess the degree to which
key political leaders/ parties are interested in engaging in genuine dialogue
on political issues connected to constitutional reform and other steps toward
more inclusive/shard governance in Guyana, in the months PRIOR to the March
2020 elections. The most optimistic goal would be to assess and set the stage
for subsequent activities (TBD) that would facilitate key actors agreeing to
some benchmarks regarding a framework, process, and timeline for constitutional
reforms that would be enacted after the elections. Less optimistic goals would include
identifying areas for limited agreements, but which might still lead to more
inclusive governance, and possibly some limited pre-election reforms.
(2) Briefly review the content and status of past efforts to advance constitutional reform, and where possible, do a mapping exercise of key issues and recommendations, and the relative positions of major political and social and economic groups regarding these issues and recommendations.
(3) Explore options re processes, formats, and participants for possible follow-on activities that TCC and/or others could organize to try to advance constitutional reform. This could include partnering with local civil society actors and other international NGOs. (Such activities might go beyond the current scope and budget of current TCC grants in Guyana, and this could necessitate additional funding).
Assuming interest among Guyanese political leaders and other key groups, the team would discuss these options with these leaders, and if appropriate develop a roadmap for next steps.
The deadline for application is November 20.
If you encounter issues or have questions, please direct them to GuyanaEOM@cartercenter.org. Given the high number of expected applicants, the Carter Center will be unable to respond personally to unsuccessful applicants.