Observer Coordinator Recruitment Notice

The Carter Center

Democracy Program
International Election Observation Mission
Harare, Zimbabwe
Observer Coordinator 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 to serve as Observer Coordinator surrounding the 2018 general elections. The selected contractor would manage the Center’s long-term and short-term observers, including their electoral and political reporting, and deployment logistics. The independent contractor position would be assigned for a minimum of three months, pending receipt of donor funding and a potential presidential runoff. The core team will deploy June 1. The position requires relocation to Zimbabwe in June and involve travel within the country. 


  • The Observer Coordinator will be responsible for managing long-term observers (LTOs) and short-term observers (STOs) throughout the mission, including arrival and orientation, training, deployment, debrief and departure.
  • The Observer Coordinator will serve as the primary point of contact for observers and be in daily contact during their time in Zimbabwe, collecting reports, addressing issues, and aligning observers’ performance with the mission’s expressed goals and deliverables.
  • In coordination with the FOD and DFOD, serve as an official representative of The Carter Center in Zimbabwe. Work with Operations Manager on liaising with GoZ ministries to maintain accreditation of staff and observers.
  • Under the direction of the FOD and DFOD, draft the deployment plan for long-term and short-term observers. Coordinate with the Security and Operations Managers to advance and evaluate sites, make necessary arrangements and deploy observers.
  • In coordination with the Operations Manager, s/he will manage the logistics, training, programmatic support and reporting of observers while they are in the field.
  • This individual will maintain regular contact with Atlanta staff on the needs of LTOs and STOs and the mission more broadly.
  • The consultant will provide analysis and strategic advice to The Carter Center on substantive electoral, political party and campaign dynamics based on the observer reporting.
  • S/he will establish, monitor and troubleshoot the reporting tools used by observers, conduct analysis of incidents reported by the observer team during the pre- and post- electoral period, and synthesize LTO reporting on a weekly basis.
  • The Observer Coordinator may prepare supplemental memos and weekly reports, and will play a supportive role in the drafting of public statements and reports. S/he will contribute to all report sections drawn from LTO and STO reporting, including candidate registration, campaign, and regional election administration, among other issues.
  • In coordination with Atlanta staff, the incumbent will order, track, and return equipment necessary to carry out the observation mission, including supplies, computers, tablets, etc.


  1. The Observer Coordinator will have a minimum of three to five years of experience working on election observation missions, and demonstrated experience working as an LTO previously.
  1. An advanced degree in a relevant field is preferred.
  1. S/he should have demonstrated competencies in organization, financial management, security awareness, and observation methodology.
  1. S/he will possess cross-cultural understanding and ability to live in difficult conditions, perform well under stress within a team, and maintain professionalism at all times.
  2. Experience in Zimbabwe or sub-Saharan Africa is desirable.
  3. 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 Observer Coordinator”:
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.