Zimbabwe Electoral Expert Recruitment

The Carter Center

Democracy Program Consultant – Senior Electoral Expert/Field Representative Harare, Zimbabwe

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.

The Carter Center is seeking a highly-qualified senior-level electoral expert to serve as field representative in advance of an international election observation mission to Zimbabwe’s upcoming general elections. The senior electoral expert/field representative will be primarily responsible for establishing the Carter Center’s presence in Zimbabwe, facilitating its engagement to observe the polls anticipated in summer 2018, and conducting preliminary outreach and analysis in advance of the deployment of an international election observation mission. Contingent on the availability of funds and electoral developments, the Center plans to deploy the senior expert to Zimbabwe in May 2018 and a full core team in June.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Establish a field presence on behalf of The Carter Center, including acting as the sole in-country representative and engaging key political and electoral stakeholders in advance of core team deployment;
  • Become familiar with the legal, constitutional and regulatory framework for the planned 2018 elections in Zimbabwe, as well as any other relevant laws and regulations (media regulations, judicial system, electoral procedures, etc.);
  • In cooperation with Atlanta staff, contribute to ongoing analysis of the political/electoral environment in Zimbabwe, with particular emphasis on those issues that would impact the deployment of an international observer mission;
  • Facilitate logistical arrangements necessary to establish operations, including opening an office, establishing limited field operations and navigating requirements for the mission’s bank account, legal status and observer accreditation;
  • Provide initial assessments of early steps of the electoral process, including boundary delimitation, voter registration, party primaries and candidate registration, voter education, and other aspects of the electoral process and election administration;
  • Act as key interlocutor with the Zimbabwe Election Commission (ZEC) and other political and electoral stakeholders as necessary on behalf of the Center; and
  • Complete other duties, as needed.


  • Demonstrated experience on previous elections observation missions as a legal or electoral analyst, and at least seven years in progressively senior positions in the democracy, governance and/or elections field are required;
  • Law or advanced degree in political science, human rights or other relevant field preferred;
  • Fluency in English is required. Strong writing and communication skills, and competence with computer applications, required;
  • Excellent knowledge of human rights and democratic election standards and familiarity with the technical procedures required for constituency delimitation, voter registration, candidate registration, and other steps of electoral administration;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide advice, guidance and analyses regarding democratic governance and elections is required;
  • Leadership skills, cross-cultural understanding, and a background working in sensitive political situations strongly encouraged; and
  • Professional experience in Zimbabwe or the region is desirable, or at a minimum, comparable country context.

Please send cover letter, CV, contract requirements, dates of availability, and a list of references with subject line “Zimbabwe Electoral Expert” to: Email application materials to ZimbabweHiring@cartercenter.org

Applications must be received by April 30 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.