Mission Director, Electoral Expert Mission, Venezuela

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. Contingent on availability of funding, the electoral calendar, an invitation to observe, and developments related to COVID-19, The Carter Center is preparing to deploy an Electoral Expert Mission (EEM) to Venezuela for the regional elections to be held on November 21, 2021.

The Carter Center is seeking a highly qualified individual to serve as Mission Director for Venezuela’s 2021 regional elections. The Mission Director will manage the Carter Center’s international EEM in Venezuela, including election-related reporting, field office administration, and the activities of the core team.

This position is contingent on electoral developments. Deployment to Caracas, Venezuela is expected to be in October-December 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Primary responsibilities:

The Mission Director will be responsible for engaging with key electoral stakeholders to assess Venezuela’s 2021 regional elections. S/he will:

  • Lead the international electoral expert mission and oversee daily mission operations.
  • Serve as a senior representative of The Carter Center in Venezuela.
  • Establish and maintain ongoing liaison with key actors in Venezuela, including government officials, electoral representatives, political party leaders and candidates, NGO and civil society leaders, security officials, domestic and international observer groups, and the diplomatic and donor community to share views on the electoral process and political environment.
  • Provide political and electoral analysis to The Carter Center on programmatic, operational, and substantive issues, including consideration of legislation and regulations, the political environment, electoral process, participation of women, youth, and ethnic minority communities, and other aspects as relevant in Venezuela.
  • Synthesize and analyze findings of expert team and as well as other stakeholders. Key points should be included in regular written reports (weekly) and oral briefings as needed to the Carter Center’s Atlanta staff.
  • Direct and supervise EEM expatriate and national staff to implement all aspects of the mission project, working in concert with Atlanta staff. Review and edit mission materials, including documents, checklists, and other documents related to the implementation of the mission, and oversee deployment of international experts in Caracas.
  • Oversee necessary arrangements regarding the logistical, technical, operational, financial and security requirements of the mission, including data collection and participation of high-level leadership.
  • Assume lead role in drafting or overseeing drafting of Carter Center press releases and periodic public statements assessing status of key electoral preparations, as needed in consultation with the Center’s Atlanta staff.
  • Ensure that all members of the expert team as well as staff, volunteers and others are aware of and adhere to Carter Center Codes of Conduct.

Qualifications:

Ideal candidates will possess some or all the following qualifications:

  • Applicants should have at least seven years of senior level experience implementing election monitoring missions, democracy and governance programs, or conflict-prevention efforts, ideally in Myanmar or the region, or at a minimum in other countries in democratic transition.
  • Demonstrated experience and/or knowledge of the Carter Center’s observation methodology, including international and regional standards for democratic elections.
  • Proven experience in relevant leadership role(s) for international non-governmental organization, including establishment of field offices and managing required administrative procedures, personnel and programmatic activities.
  • Law or advanced degree in relevant field is preferred.
  • Candidates with a demonstrated understanding of Venezuelan political dynamics with emphasis on political and electoral issues and experience working or living in Venezuela and/or the region will be given highest consideration.
  • Strong experience working on election observation missions, election administration focusing on analysis of electoral violence of various types as well as a strong knowledge of election observation methodologies
  • Demonstrated legal experience and knowledge of election law and international obligations concerning human rights, political and electoral rights, electoral and political violence
  • Excellent organizational, oral, and written communication skills
  • Fluency in Spanish and English, both written and spoken, is required.
  • Leadership skills, cross-cultural understanding, and a background working in sensitive political situations are required.

All applications must be submitted through the following link to be considered: https://airtable.com/shrEqrMqQzBGRBKRM

Andrea Nelli Feroci

Associate Director, Democracy Program

The Carter Center

If you have questions, please email: venezuela.recruitment@cartercenter.org

Note: Due to the large volume of applicants, only candidates selected for an interview or additional consideration will be notified. No phone calls please.