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Consultant –Chief of Party
The Carter Center / Support to Domestic Election Observation Organizations
Location: Khartoum and Juba, Sudan
Last Date: March 18, 2011
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Reference:
The Carter Center
Support to Domestic Election Observation Organizations
Consultant –Chief of Party
Khartoum and Juba, Sudan
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 Center is currently recruiting highly-qualified individuals for a Chief of
Party position to join the Center’s core team to conduct programming supporting
civil society organizations to observe the elections and subsequent popular
consultations in South Kordofan. Other primary activities will include design
and facilitation of lessons learned workshops with civil society partner
organizations who conducted election observation programming around Sudan’s
April 2010 national elections and 2011 South Sudan Referendum. The consultant
will oversee the management and implementation of the Center’s support to civil
society organizations conducting election observation activities, providing key
input in areas of election observation methodology, recruitment and training of
observers, deployment plans, volunteer outreach, and organizational development
of non-profit organizations. In addition, the Chief of Party will implement
technical assistance programming to build local organizational capacity in
domestic observation, management, logistics, financial administration, and
report writing, enabling groups to conduct training sessions and organize
election observation activities effectively.
This independent contract position is initially assigned for 5 months, with
possibility of further extension. Applicants should have seven to ten years of
experience in training election observers, conducting election observation
and/or NGO capacity building work, ideally in countries transitioning from war
to sustainable peace. The position requires relocation to Sudan in April
2011, and will involve frequent travel within Sudan. Arabic language
capacity and/or prior work experience in Sudan is highly desirable. Candidates
should possess strong program management skills, cross-cultural understanding,
be highly organized, and able to work under pressure and tight deadlines when
necessary. Strong writing and communication skills and competence with computer
applications required. A positive attitude and the ability to work effectively
in leading a diverse team are essential. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Primary responsibilities will include:
Representation of The Carter Center
Represent the Carter Center’s project to support domestic election
observation organizations in Sudan.
Maintain ongoing liaison with key stakeholders, including government and
political leaders, electoral authorities, NGO and civil society leaders, donor
contacts, members of the diplomatic community and relevant security officials
within the Government of Sudan, Government of Southern Sudan, and the United
Nations Mission in Sudan where appropriate and important for successful
implementation of the project on training and supporting domestic election
observers in Sudan; organize stakeholder meetings with Carter Center Atlanta
staff when present.
Support the strengthening of civil society networks to monitor electoral
processes in South Kordofan.
Oversee strategic planning of the program in both Northern and Southern
Sudan. Manage all aspects of project implementation.
Implement technical assistance programming to build local organizational
capacity in domestic observation, management, logistics, financial
administration, and report writing, enabling groups to conduct training sessions
and organize election observation activities effectively.
Oversee the design of training materials, including training manuals,
observation checklists, and other tools with input from Atlanta staff
As required, lead training sessions of election observers providing
background on best practices in citizen election observation and instructing
participants on key tools of NGO organizational development. Instruct
participants regarding the code of conduct for election observation, as well as
the logistical and administrative needs of supporting, training, and deploying
domestic election observers at different stages of the electoral process.
Oversee development and implementation of field office policies and
procedures relating to staff, office, computer use, security protocols, requests
for transportation, communications, etc.
Supervise operations of the project including collaboration between
consultants, project director, deputy director(s), program officers, and local
Supervise expatriate staff, local staff, electoral experts and other
consultants to maintain a Carter Center field presence in Juba and Khartoum
including as needed: oversee office set-up and daily operations, including
equipment rental and acquisition; recruitment, hiring and supervision of local
staff and other consultants as needed.
Maintain fiduciary responsibility for all field office project funds in
accordance with budget limitations and donor contract/grant requirements.
Supervise financial reporting to ensure appropriate management and monitoring of
field office operational funds in accordance with Carter Center procedures,
including completion of field office monthly financial reports.
Please send cover letter, CV, contract requirements, and a list of references
to the address below.
NOTE – please reference “DO – COP position” in your email subject line.
Ms. Elizabeth Plachta
The Carter Center
453 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, Georgia 30307
Deadline for submissions: March 18, 2011
Note: Due to the large volume of applicants, only those candidates selected for
additional consideration will be notified by the Center.
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