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DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE ROSTER FOR ELECTORAL SYSTEMS EXPERTS Mogadishu

Posted by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Private Mudug
  • Company: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Experience: 5 - 10 yers
  • Studies: Master
  • Category: Other
  • Contract: Temporary
  • Salary: Undefined
BackgroundThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP supports over 132 countries around the globe in the areas of Poverty Reduction, Democratic Governance, Environment and Energy, Capacity Development, Gender, HIV/AIDS and Crisis Prevention and Recovery. The Bureau for Development Policy (BDP) is UNDP’s policy bureau. BDP plays a key role in helping country offices accelerate human development through UNDP’s programmes and initiatives. The Democratic Governance Practice (DGP) is the largest practice area in UNDP/BDP. It works on building effective and capable states that are accountable and transparent. The principal areas of work are organized around 3 clusters: Inclusive Participation, Responsive Governing Institutions, and International Norms and Principles.The Inclusive Participation cluster supports efforts for expanding opportunities for civic engagement – particularly of the poor, women, youth, indigenous people, and other marginalized groups – in the channels of interaction with the state, at national, regional and local levels.The Responsive Institutions cluster promotes the development of institutional capacity, and accountability, in the area of access to justice, rule of law and security, public administration and local governance at the national, regional and local level to ensure these institutions reflect and serve the needs, priorities, and interests of all people. Programme priority is given to strengthening the mechanisms of responsiveness and public accountability to the concerns and interests of poor people, women, and other vulnerable or excluded groups.The International Norms and Principles cluster promotes integration of UN principles, policies, practices, and strategies (on human rights, anti-corruption and gender) within and outside the UN familyIn the area of electoral processes and systems, UNDP supports countries to develop electoral laws, processes and institutions that strengthen inclusive participation and professional electoral administration that help build this real and perceived credibility. But because elections are about much more than what happens on Election Day, UNDP uses an electoral cycle approach to its work. This addresses longer-term issues of capacity development; institutional strengthening; participation of women and other groups; and the use of technology in electoral processes. Supporting elections is an important element of UNDP’s work and the indelible symbol of citizens’ participation in selecting their government; however the organization has made the shift to providing electoral assistance around the electoral cycle concept, which incorporates the election event as one of many elements that go to the quality and magnitude of citizens’ participation including electoral system design, electoral law reform, voter registration methodologies, civic and voter education, building the capacity of electoral management bodies, working with political parties and the media around election-related issues. As a result, UNDP provided electoral assistance to 60 countries in all regions in 2010, and over half of all such initiatives focus on the electoral cycle approach. In order to respond to this demand, UNDP/BDP/DGG is soliciting highly qualified experts (individuals, not firms) to be considered for inclusion in the Democratic Governance (DG) roster as elections experts. In particular, UNDP is seeking individuals with expertise in one or more of the following areas:Voter and civic educationTraining: including drafting of training manuals, planning and implementation of cascade training for polling officials, media and other electoral stakeholders.Gender mainstreaming in electoral management bodies and women’s participation in electoral process.Electoral Legislation, including legal reform, drafting of legal procedures.Boundary delimitationInformation Technology in Elections, including expertise in biometrics,  data centres, voter registration, polling operations, results transmission and  management of results.Other operations, including ballot design, printing expertise, chronogram development.Electoral violence/conflict and electoral dispute resolution.External relations and/or public outreach.Logistics, including drafting of material specifications.Capacity development for EMBs Duties and ResponsibilitiesThe following range of tasks would typically be expected from a consultant (one or more):Advisory Services and Programme Management: Project design and formulation, project implementation, advisory services on substantive electoral issues, coordination among stakeholders and project quality assurance.Operations Management: Electoral procurement, human resource, financial management and logistical support.Capacity Development: Capacity assessment, planning and implementation of Institutional reform and delivery of training events.Monitoring and Evaluation: M&E matrix design, preparation of project document and mid-term/final project evaluation.Research and Knowledge Development: Research and literature reviews; conducting lesson learning exercises, developing knowledge products and tools.CompetenciesDemonstrates integrity by modeling the UN's values and ethical standardsDisplays cultural, gender, religion, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptabilityAbility to work in a teamStrong interpersonal skills, communication and diplomatic skillsOpenness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedbackAbility to work under pressure and stressful situationsAbility to manage workload with minimum supervisionStrong analytical, reporting and writing abilities Required Skills and ExperienceEducation:Master’s degree in political science, law, international relations, development studies or any other relevant subject.Experience:Minimum 5 years of experience in the area of democratic governance or relevant field, with a minimum of 3 years of experience working on elections.Experience with the drafting  of user-friendly knowledge products such as books, articles, research papers, toolkits, guides, methodologies, analytical documents, policy papers and notes, project and program documents, baseline studies, desk reviews, comparative studies, etc. is an asset.Experience in management of post-conflict interventions is an asset.Knowledge of high-level governance, capacity and public communication support is an asset.Languages:Fluency in both spoken and written English is a must.Working level knowledge of Arabic, French, Russian and/or Spanish is a strong asset.Computer skills:IT literacy and ability to operate with on-line web-based applications.
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