Long-term Observer

The Carter Center
Apply by 4 January 2013
Mid-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 21 December 2012

Job Description

Pending political developments, The Carter Center is considering the deployment of a mission to observe the People’s Assembly elections in Egypt. The Carter Center is recruiting highly-qualified individuals to serve as long-term observers (LTOs) for this mission, anticipated to take place in early 2013.

Deployment for selected candidates could begin as soon as mid-January 2013, and is expected to last up to 12 weeks. These dates are subject to change. Candidates with flexible schedules who can commit to the full deployment period will receive first consideration.

To read more about the work of The Carter Center’s Democracy Program, please visit: http://cartercenter.org/peace/democracy/index.html.

Details of position:

LTO teams serve as the backbone of the Center’s election observation missions and are 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, polling, counting, and tabulation processes. This information will be used to generate public and private statements regarding preparations for the elections in order to provide an impartial assessment of the process and detailed recommendations for ways to improve its inclusiveness, credibility, and transparency.

LTOs will work in pairs and travel regularly within their area of responsibility. Conditions vary, but candidates should be prepared to travel to remote, rural locations and must be able to work in difficult environments with minimal amenities. LTO safety is a serious priority for The Carter Center and candidates must be willing to carefully follow all communication and safety/security protocols.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Monitor and assess the electoral and political environment on the ground in the period leading up to, including, and following the elections.
  • Establish relationships with the relevant key electoral stakeholders at the local and governorate level in your area of responsibility.
  • Prepare weekly written reports for the Center’s field office, as well as additional analysis requested by senior staff.


Ideal candidates will possess some or all of the following qualifications:

  • Experience in election monitoring or administration and/or democratic governance;
  • Knowledge of Arabic is highly preferred;
  • Knowledge of national/regional politics and culture in the country of work;
  • Expertise in some or all of the following areas: elections, human rights, conflict resolution and peace-building, political analysis;
  • Experience with countries transitioning to sustainable peace and democracy;
  • Cross-cultural understanding;
  • Ability to live in difficult conditions, perform well under stress, work within a team, and maintain professionalism at all times.

Please send a brief cover letter, CV and a list of references (preferably with email contact information) to the email address below.

Paul Linnell

The Carter Center Democracy Program

E-mail: TCCobservers@gmail.com

Financial compensation:

LTO positions are considered voluntary. Selected candidates will receive per diem to cover meals and incidental expenses, as well as a weekly stipend as remuneration. All LTO housing and travel costs are undertaken by The Carter Center. The Center will provide for all communication, services, support, and equipment necessary to do the job of an observer.

Note: Due to the large volume of applicants, only those candidates selected for an interview or additional consideration will be notified by the Center.

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