The thematic expert will serve as part of the ERC Long Term Election Observation Mission and is expected to monitor, assess and report on key electoral developments, including but not limited to the electoral and political environment, security, human rights, civic and voter education, the media environment, voter registration, campaigning, participation of women and other minorities in the electoral process, polling, counting, and tabulation processes. Their assessments will contribute to the ERC’s preliminary statements and final reports on by-elections in Zimbabwe over an 18 month period. The holder of the position reports to the Project Manager.
Terms of Reference
The ideal candidate will possess some or all of the following:
- Previous experience in election observation or administration and/or democratic governance with a minimum of two (2) LTO experience. This may include election observation missions organized by other organisations;
- Must have practiced as a journalist in Zimbabwe for at least 2 consecutive years;
- Strong analytical and drafting skills and evidence of previous work;
- Knowledge of Zimbabwe’s complex political, legal and economic environment and its net effect on elections;
- An understanding of regional electoral instruments (SADC).
- Expertise in some or all of the following areas: elections, human rights, inclusion, special interest groups, conflict resolution and peace-building, political analysis;
- An understanding of the legal framework for media and elections will be vital;
- Ability to maintain professional independence and strict impartiality in the conduct of duties in all parts of the country;
- Familiarity with basic computer and IT programs (Microsoft Office Word, Excel;
- Flexible for short notice deployment.
Deliverables and timelines
- Monitor and assess the electoral environment in relation the media and activities and lack thereof hard to reach populations in assigned in the period leading up to, during, and after the elections;
- Prepare written reports for the ERC, and additional analysis as requested;
- As arranged or requested by ERC, meet with a range of stakeholders on a regular basis to ascertain their views about the electoral process;
- Follow up on electoral disputes, complaints and appeals in relation to media conduct in elections
- Provide full support in the briefing and debriefing of members of staff and others as may be requested by ERC.
- First level university degree in statistics, demographics, public policy, international development, economics, or related field.
- Advanced degree in law, political science, media, journalism, statistics or economics preferred.
Remuneration: US $300 per day
Interested candidates meeting the above criteria should submit an application, clearly marked in the subject line which is being applied for, a CV and motivational letter to:
Applications which do not meet the minimum qualifications will not be considered.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Deadline: 11 December 2020