Electoral Conflict Management Specialist - Uganda (Contingent Upon Funding)

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 5 March 2020
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Job Description

Job Responsibilities:

About the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES): Together we build democracies that deliver for all. Our independent expertise strengthens electoral institutions/systems and builds local capacity to deliver sustainable solutions. As the global leader in democracy promotion, we advance good governance and democratic rights by providing technical assistance; empowering the underrepresented to participate in the political process; and applying field-based research to improve the electoral cycle. We believe that trusted electoral institutions deliver credible elections, effective governing institutions are accountable to the people they serve, all people safely participate in civic and political life on an equal basis and technology, information and data positively serve elections and democracy. Since 1987, IFES has worked in over 145 countries – from developing to mature democracies.

IFES is recruiting an Electoral Conflict Management Specialist for an anticipated project in Uganda focusing on promoting a peaceful, credible election process. The Electoral Conflict Management Specialist will assist in implementing conflict management activities to facilitate a rights-respecting environment. The position is contingent upon funding. This position is based in Kampala, Uganda. Ugandan nationals are encouraged to apply.

  • Support civil society monitoring of electoral operations to promote electoral integrity;
  • Assist civil society to conduct electoral violence prevention and mitigation activities;
  • Support Community dialogues between citizens and key electoral stakeholders;
  • Develop violence prevention early warning mechanisms;
  • Facilitate issue-based debates and dialogue on political issues in the lead up to elections;
  • Assist civil society organizations to engage in advocacy and civic and voter education;
  • Train CSOs and other electoral stakeholders on human rights monitoring, avenues for redress, and advocacy.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in conflict resolution, political science or related field required. Masters preferred.
  • At least 8 years of conflict resolution experience required including electoral conflict mitigation.
  • Knowledge of political dynamics and conflict dynamics in Uganda.
  • Experience in East Africa strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of electoral violence and the electoral cycle.
  • Ability to manage and develop local relationships.
  • Experience implementing donor-funded projects.
  • Experience delivering conflict resolution trainings required.
  • General project management skills, including project reporting.
  • Good presentation skills.
  • The ability to remain highly organized while handling multiple tasks under tight deadlines;
  • The ability to complete tasks with limited supervision;
  • Excellent reporting and document handling skills;
  • Excellent communication skills in order to be able to work with IFES program and administrative staff to identify and resolve issues;
  • Willingness to adhere to all principles of confidentiality;Must value operating in a collaborative and cooperative environment;
  • Ability to show initiative, good judgment, and resourcefulness;
  • Ability to handle sensitive issues and address inclusion matters with integrity.

Language Skills: Fluency in English is required. Proficiency in local language is a plus.

TRAVEL: Travel within Uganda may be required.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORK ENVIRONMENT: Standard office work environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

“All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment/promotions and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.

IFES takes affirmative action with respect to the employment and promotion of women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. IFES will also take affirmative action on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

IFES is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor”

About the Organization

Vision: Our vision is a world in which strong democratic institutions empower citizens to have a voice in the way they are governed.

Mission: The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) supports citizens’ rights to participate in free and fair elections. Our independent expertise strengthens electoral systems and builds local capacity to deliver sustainable solutions.

As the global leader in democracy promotion, we advance good governance and democratic rights by:

  • Providing technical assistance to election officials
  • Empowering the underrepresented to participate in the political process
  • Applying field-based research to improve the electoral cycle

Since 1987, IFES has worked in over 145 countries – from developing democracies, to mature democracies.

“All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment/promotions and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.

IFES takes affirmative action with respect to the employment and promotion of women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. IFES will also take affirmative action on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

IFES is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor”

“All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment/promotions and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.

IFES takes affirmative action with respect to the employment and promotion of women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. IFES will also take affirmative action on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

IFES is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor”

“All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment/promotions and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.

IFES takes affirmative action with respect to the employment and promotion of women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. IFES will also take affirmative action on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

IFES is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor”

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