International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)



  • Organization TypeImplementing NGO
  • Staff101-250
  • Development Budget50 Million - 100 Million
  • HeadquartersUnited States
  • Founded1987
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) promotes democratic stability by providing technical assistance and applying field-based research to the electoral cycle worldwide to enhance citizen participation and strengthen civil societies, governance and transparency. Every IFES project is staffed by national and international staff while partnering with local organizations. This homegrown approach ensures that the expertise offered by IFES fits the needs of the country or client and the benefit of assistance outlasts the life of the project. Our work is nonpartisan and also includes projects that:     -Help citizens participate in their democracies ­   -Increase politicians' accountability to the electorate ­   -Strengthen government institutions   Since its founding in 1987, IFES has worked in more than 100 countries - from developing democracies such as Liberia, to mature democracies such as the United States.  IFES is registered in the United States as a 501(c)3 organization.     HOW WE WORK IFES is a development organization. Like other international groups, such as CARE or Save the Children, our goal is not to do things on behalf of others, but rather to develop and strengthen the capacities of local organizations to conduct their own affairs competently and fairly. We are careful to avoid imposing solutions, but instead offer our partners a range of well-conceived options based on over two decades of electoral experience.     HOW WE DO IT As our name makes clear, what we add to the democracy agenda is our strength in electoral work. However, we define elections broadly, often using the term "elections plus" to describe the whole gamut of activities needed to make them genuine and representative. These include:    - Electoral law design - Party & candidate registration - Political finance reform - Boundary delimitation - E-day operations - Disputes resolution - Media development - Inclusion of marginalized groups - Civic and voter education - Commission & poll worker training - Results tabulation & transmission It's important to remember that what IFES can help provide – a well conducted election – although essential, is but one piece of the democracy puzzle. Other critical components include strong parliaments, mature political parties, an effective opposition, the rule of law, active civil society and a free media.   WHERE WE WORK Since its founding in 1987, IFES has provided assistance to over 100 countries worldwide and currently carries out programs in some 25 different countries in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.   WHO DOES OUR WORK IFES employs 174 international staff, and many hundreds of consultants and national staff. In addition, of course, we work with a wide range of local actors including electoral management bodies, civil society groups, political parties, judiciaries, human rights groups, media outlets and so on.   WHO SUPPORTS OUR WORK IFES' annual budget is approximately $70 million, much of which comes from our main donor, the US government. However, we also receive funding from the UN, European Union, and a variety of bilateral development agencies such as the UK’s DfiD, CIDA etc.  

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Job openings over the past year

Examples of past jobs

  • Strategic Plan Development Consultant-Nigeria
  • Director of Accounting
    United States
  • Graphic Designer - Papua New Guinea (remote work)
    Papua New Guinea
  • Inclusion Officer
    United States

Staff at International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) have experience in


  • development
  • monitoring / evaluation
  • events / training
  • procurement process
  • financial services


  • international foundation for electoral systems
  • united states agency for international development
  • european union
  • foundation
  • australian agency for international development


  • ukraine
  • egypt
  • libya
  • bosnia and herzegovina
  • liberia


  • managerial experience
  • business development
  • experience in recruitment
  • international experience
  • with experience in conflict areas

Contact International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

Current staff

  • Daniela Colaiacovo
    Director, Communications & Advocacy

Former staff

Company Offices
  • United States (headquarters)
  • Washington
  • 1850 K Street, NW, 5th Floor


Primary sectors

Procurement Process
Monitoring / Evaluation
Personnel / Human Resources
Events / Training
Project Support
Local Government
Financial Services
Research & Development
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