Technical/Elections Director

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Technical/Elections Director

  • Post Date:February 16, 2022
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  • Career Level Director
    Qualification Master’s Degree
    Experience 10-15 Years
  • Industry Non Governmental
Job Description
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
Job Id: 492
# of Openings: 1
Deadline: 19 February 2022
Democracy International (DI) is seeking to hire a Technical/Elections Director for an anticipated three-year International Election Observation for Zimbabwe (IEOZ) opportunity. The activity aims to demonstrate international interest in and commitment to the credibility of Zimbabwe’s 2023 harmonized elections through third-party, expert assessment and observation of electoral integrity based on international standards.
The objectives of this activity are to:
  • Conduct objective and accurate monitoring, observation, and reporting on the integrity of the 2023 harmonized electoral process; and
  • Issue and disseminate reports with targeted, concrete, and realistic recommendations towards the improvement of Zimbabwe’s electoral integrity.
This will be a full-time or part-time position based in Harare, Zimbabwe, and will be contingent on award and funding. This position is open to Zimbabwean nationals. The anticipated award start date is estimated to be in April 2022.
The Technical/Election Director will focus on analyzing all aspects of the legal framework and its application, election administration and collaboration with other election observation entities. The successful candidate must be a development professional with experience in Zimbabwe or a similar context and demonstrated expertise in international election observation, elections and political processes, civil society engagement, political inclusion, and democratic systems development.
Essential Job Duties:
The position’s responsibilities will include:
Programmatic:
  • Lead data collection and analysis for the program’s International Election Observation Reports;
  • Be responsible for documenting and disseminating program successes and challenges to USAID;
  • Be responsible for designing and conducting operations research;
  • Analyze legal framework for elections in relation to regional and international standards as well as best practices;
  • Provide a qualitative and quantitative analysis of key institutions’ adherence to the legal framework, the political context, election administration, the electoral process, security, CSO voter education efforts, media operations, and the resolution of election-related disputes;
  • Assure that all assistance provided is technically sound and appropriate to meet activity objectives, including training STOs, LTOs, and diplomatic mission representatives;
  • Prepare briefing materials and talking points on the performance of the ZEC in the administration of the elections and the Judiciary on the adjudication of election-related matters, and offer advice to the Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, Core Team and others as needed;
  • Closely collaborate with the team to conduct pre and post election assessments, draft reports, election day statement and other external communication;
  • Collaborate and attend meetings hosted by the ZEC, civil society organizations (CSOs), courts, political parties or other international observation missions.
Administrative:
  • Continue to build and lead DI’s dynamic local team – this could include short-term and/or long-term observers.
Secondary Job Duties:
  •  Contribute to ongoing Democracy International business development efforts in Zimbabwe and around the world.
Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree and 10 years’ relevant work experience
  • Understanding of the USAID regulatory environment
  • In-depth knowledge of Zimbabwe’s constitutional and legal framework for elections, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) operations and the political environment, or relevant regional experience;
  • Significant relevant experience in research, and report writing
  • Substantial experience working on election observation, civic engagement, democracy support, civil society, media, or other topics relevant to democratic development;
  • Strong interpersonal skills to effectively coordinate with a wide range of stakeholders (including diplomatic missions, SADC, African Union, relevant government entities, local CSOs and others);
  • Experience collaborating with advocacy groups, election organizations, and civil society organizations required; and
  • Professional fluency in English (both spoken and written) required;
  • This position is open to Zimbabwean nationals.
Reporting:
  • This position reports to the Chief of Party/Country Director.
  • Direct reports include members the DI Zimbabwe Team.
Application Process:
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified. DI will only contact candidates of interest.
About the Organization
DI provides technical assistance, analytical services and project implementation for democracy, human rights, governance and conflict mitigation programs worldwide for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. State Department and other development partners. Since its founding in 2003, Democracy International has worked with civil society organizations, political parties, election-management bodies, government agencies, legislatures, justice-sector institutions, and others in 70+ countries.
DI welcomes and supports a diverse and inclusive work environment. We are committed to equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and for DI employees. DI makes employment decisions based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, military status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, educational status, unemployment status, place of residence or business, source of income, or reproductive health decision making. Additionally, harassment or discrimination based on these characteristics will not be tolerated at DI. To perform the essential functions of this position, reasonable accommodations are available to qualified individuals with disabilities.