Tunisia Mission Director (Tunisia)

The Carter Center

Consultant – Mission Director

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 Mission Director in an anticipated Tunisia 2019 international election observation mission. This consultancy position, contingent on funding, is tentatively scheduled from May 1 through January 2020; applicants must confirm their availability for deployment for the entire duration of the project. This position works collaboratively with the Carter Center’s Tunis-based Country Representative and Atlanta-based Democracy Program Associate Director.

Applicants should have at least ten years of senior level experience implementing election monitoring missions, democracy and governance programs, or conflict-prevention efforts. Advanced degree in political science, law or another relevant field is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates who speak French or Arabic and demonstrate experience in Tunisia and/or the region.


The Mission Director will lead the core team experts and oversee daily mission operations. S/he will strategize mission leadership’s engagement, oversee the programmatic and technical implementation of the mission, and oversee other tasks as necessary for the functioning of the Center’s Tunisia election mission.

  • Serve as a senior representative of The Carter Center in Tunisia; oversee necessary arrangements regarding the logistical, technical, operational, and security requirements of the mission;
  • Establish and maintain ongoing liaison with key actors in Tunisia, including government officials, electoral representatives, security officials, political party leaders and candidates, NGO and civil society leaders, domestic and international observer groups, and the diplomatic and donor community where appropriate and important for successful implementation of the observation effort;
  • Meet with political party representatives, NGO and civil society leaders, and representatives from other observer groups 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 marginalized communities, and other aspects as deemed pertinent in Tunisia. Synthesize and analyze findings of observer team and expatriate consultants. Key points should be included in regular written reports (weekly) and oral briefings as needed to the Center’s Atlanta staff;
  • Direct and supervise expatriate and national staff to implement all aspects of this project, working in concert with Atlanta staff to manage field office staff and project implementation. Review and edit mission materials, including observer briefing documents, checklists, and other documents related to the implementation of the mission, and oversee deployment of international observers; and
  • 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.

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/shrIheU6SEtvebC2c. 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. For questions, e-mail TUEOM2019@cartercenter.org. Application deadline: April 30, 2019.