Supporting Youth and Citizen Observation, Reporting and Advocacy of Sudan’s Transition

Recruitment Notice: Project Lead

The Carter Center is beginning a multi-year project to support Sudanese civil society capacity to monitor the country’s democratic transition and the implementation of recent peace agreements. The project will focus on supporting youth, women, and citizen observers to monitor commitments undertaken during Sudan’s transitional period.

The Project Lead will be responsible for overseeing this nation-wide project for its duration, providing technical assistance to support the formation and strengthening of a national youth-focused citizen observer network and to manage the Carter Center’s technical support to the network’s independent observation activities in Sudan. Citizen observers will be trained in long-term observation, political and electoral rights, conflict mitigation, survey research methodologies, and voter and civic education, and supported to implement these skills on a national scale. To read more about the Carter Center’s current and past work in Sudan, please visit:

Details of Position:

The Project Lead will be based in Khartoum and will travel throughout Sudan. This is an independent contractor position, planned for an initial deployment of 24 months from January 2021 to December 2022.

Applicants must demonstrate more than seven years of senior level experience managing civil society organization capacity-building projects. S/he should have solid experience in more than one of the following areas: election observation, advocacy campaigns, survey research, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, voter education, and conflict mitigation, ideally in sub-Saharan Africa or the Middle East. Experience in project management, including managing a diverse staff and project resources is required. English language proficiency is essential; Arabic language is highly desirable. Familiarity with Sudanese politics and culture is preferred. Leadership skills, cross-cultural understanding, and the ability to provide advice and guidance regarding democratic governance and conflict mitigation as well as organizational capacity building and project implementation are strongly encouraged.  

Responsibilities in Brief:

  • Under the direction of the Carter Center’s Atlanta HQ and in collaboration with the Sudan Country Representative, the Project Lead will manage all aspects of the Center’s planned technical assistance for the entirety of its duration and represent the Center’s citizen observation program activities in Sudan;
  • Manage an office of 8-10 national and international staff, providing overall project management and direction toward the completion of project milestones and objectives as well as public communications;
  • Support the creation and strengthening of a youth citizen observer network, including its headquarters and staffing;
  • Oversee a series of nation-wide cascade trainings and observation, gathering feedback and periodically assessing its success to improve its effectiveness;  
  • Oversee financial management of field-based resources and subgrants, procurement of contracts, equipment, services, and other needs to facilitate implementation of the project;
  • Forge, maintain, and lead relations with key political, government, electoral and civil actors in the country, as well as acting as a lead interlocutor in Khartoum with the international community and donor contacts, and the Center’s headquarters staff in Atlanta, Georgia; and
  • Monitor electoral and political developments in Sudan in the transitional period, providing political analysis of the transitional period, assessing the role of civil society organizations in shaping Sudanese democracy, and helping envision potential future programming and project continuation.

Interested applicants should complete an application form here.

Note: Due to the large volume of applicants, the Center is not able to respond to all candidates individually.  Phone calls or in-person contacts are discouraged.