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. Through this call for applications, we are seeking qualified candidates to serve as Long-term Observers (LTOs) in our upcoming Tunisia 2022 international election observation mission. These consultancy positions are scheduled from October 15, 2022 through January 31, 2023 and require relocation to Tunis, Tunisia; applicants must confirm their availability for deployment for the entire duration of the project. Consultants will report to the Tunis-based Mission Director, Observer Coordinator and Atlanta-based Associate Director of the Carter Center’s Democracy Program.
LTOs will work in pairs and travel regularly within their area of responsibility in Tunisia. Conditions vary, and candidates should be prepared to travel to remote, rural locations and must be able to work in a challenging environment with minimal amenities. LTO safety is a priority for The Carter Center, and candidates must be willing to follow all communication and safety/security protocols.
LTO teams serve as the backbone of the Carter Center’s election observation missions and will monitor and report on key electoral developments in Tunisia, including the electoral and political environment, human rights, civic and voter education, the media environment, campaigning, balloting and tabulation processes, and electoral dispute resolution. LTOs will also report on political participation issues, including those related to gender, disability and socio-economic issues. This information will be the basis for an impartial assessment of the election process and recommendations for improving inclusiveness, credibility, and transparency.
- Under the direction of the Mission Director and Observer Coordinator, and working in coordination with a long-term observer team partner, monitor the pre- and post-election environment, technical preparations, and the campaign, including candidate nominations, campaigning, political environment, campaign finance, participation of women, participation of minority communities, election-day and post-election processes, and other aspects of the process;
- In coordination with a long-term observer team partner, establish relationships with the relevant electoral authorities, political parties, government representatives, observer groups, armed forces and security authorities, and others at the regional and municipal levels in the assigned area of operation.
- Provide weekly written reports and oral briefings on electoral developments as needed to the Mission Director and Observer Coordinator, and contribute to other reports as directed. This may include editing weekly reports for contributions to pre-election statements.
- Liaise with domestic election observers, civil society organizations, and any other community-based organizations operating at the regional and municipal levels.
- Make logistical arrangements for the field deployment of the short-term observer (STO) delegation, including accommodation, meals, transport, interpretation and communication.
- Prepare written briefing materials relevant to each deployment area, including contact lists. Assist with briefing members of the STO delegation.
- Observe the voting, counting, and tabulation processes.
- Observe post-election results and electoral dispute proceedings in the specified area of responsibility. Report to the leadership team as requested. Assist other Carter Center observers in returning to Tunis to debrief and depart Tunisia.
- Abide by the Carter Center’s code of conduct for international observation and agree to follow the principles of the International Declaration for International Observers, the ISIE Code of Conduct for observers and the observation methodology of the Carter Center mission in Tunisia.
Ideal candidates will possess some or all of the following qualifications:
- Experience in election monitoring or election administration, and/or demonstrated experience working on issues related to democratic governance.
- Knowledge of politics and culture in the MENA region, with a focus on North Africa in particular.
- Professional experience in Tunisia or North Africa.
- Expertise in some or all of the following areas: elections, human rights, conflict resolution and peace-building, political analysis.
- Ability to communicate clearly in English, including through written reports. Willingness to read and contribute to reports.
- French and/or Arabic language skills strongly preferred.
- Cross-cultural understanding and ability to live in difficult conditions, perform well under stress, work within a team, and maintain professionalism at all times.
LTO positions are considered voluntary. Selected candidates will receive a daily per diem to cover meals and incidental expenses, as well as a weekly stipend as remuneration. LTO housing and travel costs are undertaken by The Carter Center.
To be considered for this position, provide your application details and upload a CV/resume and cover letter in support of your application in the following website: https://airtable.com/shro77dO3AkeCAtHr.
Only applications received through this link will be considered.
As this is an international election observation mission, Tunisian nationals are not eligible for this role. 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 please.
Deadline for submissions: September 12, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.