Legal Analyst Zimbabwe

The Carter Center

Democracy Program

International Election Observation Mission
Harare, Zimbabwe

Legal Analyst 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 five to seven years of related experience to serve as Legal Analyst surrounding the general elections in Zimbabwe. This independent contractor position would be assigned for a minimum of three months, with possibility of extension, pending the availability of donor funds and/or a potential runoff. Core team deployment is June 1. The position requires relocation to Zimbabwe in June and involve travel within the country. 


  • Serve as an official representative of the Carter Center’s international election observation mission in Zimbabwe.
  • Engage with key elections and governmental stakeholders to assess Zimbabwe’s legal electoral framework and its implementation, including its agreement with relevant national legislation, the constitution, and regional and international obligations for democratic elections by:
    • Collecting, reviewing, and summarizing all laws relevant to the electoral process;
    • Reviewing voter registration, candidate registration, election regulations and procedures, and the design and procurement of ballot papers.
    • Meeting with political party representatives, NGO and civil society leaders, and representatives of domestic observer groups, in coordination with the Field Office Director (FOD), to share views on relevant legal aspects;
    • Liaising with judicial and other relevant bodies, in particular with officials responsible for electoral dispute resolution;
    • Attending relevant meetings, particularly court meetings and meetings of the national election authorities and report as required.
  • Prepare a written gap analysis indicating potential issues and shortcomings within the legal framework as related to international obligations for democratic elections.
  • Assess and analyze, from a legal perspective, the activities of the election administration, in particular:
    • The consistency of the ZEC and subsidiary election committees in interpreting and applying national legislation
    • The role of the election management bodies in electoral complaints and dispute resolution
    • The conduct and effectiveness of complaints and appeals processes
  • Brief mission members on important legal issues, and provide training to long-term and short-term observers regarding Zimbabwe’s election law, legal issues, and international standards for democratic elections.
  • Record and track legal/electoral complaints and appeals. Ensure that information about complaints and appeals is compiled in a database, and distributed to relevant members of the mission.
  • Contribute to internal briefings, written reports and the preparation of public statements summarizing the mission’s observations and legal/electoral findings. Assume primary responsibility for drafting all report sections focused on issues with legal framework and election administration, as well as review of the full report.


  1. Demonstrated experience on previous elections observation missions as a legal/electoral analyst, and 5-7 years in the democracy, governance and/or elections field are required.
  2. Law or advanced degree in relevant field is preferred.
  3. Be fully familiar with the legal and regulatory framework for elections as well as international standards for democratic elections. Have familiarity with the technical procedures required for voter registration, candidate registration, and other steps of electoral preparation.
  4. Demonstrated ability to provide advice, guidance and analyses regarding democratic governance is required.
  1. Leadership skills, cross-cultural understanding, and a background working in sensitive political situations are strongly encouraged.
  1. Professional experience in Zimbabwe or sub-Saharan Africa is desirable.
  2. Fluency in English is required. Strong writing and communication skills, and competence with computer applications, required.

Please send cover letter, CV, contract requirements, dates of availability, and a list of references with subject line “Zimbabwe Legal Analyst” 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.