In supporting the Head of the ECOWAS EAD, the Embedded Technical Expert will undertake the following roles and functions:
• Provide strategic and technical guidance and policy advice to the partner organisation for the enhancement of electoral assistance processes and in line with international best practice and standards;
• Support relevant areas of work of the EAD towards improvement in the organisation and conduct of election observation missions of the Commission;
• Support the EAD in the design of conceptual/policy frameworks and other guidelines for electoral assistance and observation;
• Provide context analyses and technical briefs in support of Core Team deployments;
• Research, develop and present analytical reports, research papers, briefing notes, background papers, correspondence, and knowledge products as required;
• Support evaluation processes as well as internal/external reporting processes of the EAD and provide quality assurance;
• Interface and liaison with key strategic partners and stakeholders of the EAD, including the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC);
• Support knowledge building and lessons learned processes with respect to regional electoral assistance processes;
• Provide support for development of/ adjustments to operational plans and budgets and ensure inline implementation;
• Provide administrative and logistical support for activity implementation including for mission deployments;
• Facilitate and support a good flow of communication between the EAD and the EPSAO Project Team and ensure regular consultation and exchange with the GIZ Conflict Prevention Component Head;
• Ensure consistent implementation of GIZ and EU guidelines;
• Perform other project-related duties and functions as may be directed.
Contract duration and duty station
• Contract duration: 1 September 2020-31 December 2022, subject to final commissioning from the BMZ.
• Duty station: Abuja
Required qualifications, competences and experience:
• Master’s degree in international relations, law, political science, social science or other related field of study
• At least seven years’ experience working in the areas of peacebuilding, democracy and governance, conflict prevention or other related field.
• Experience working on electoral assistance processes will be a strong added advantage.
• A good understanding of the African peace and security landscape and especially the ECOWAS region - with an established network.
• Experience working for an international organisation will be highly desirable as will experience working or engaging with national actors (including governments, civil society and other).
Other knowledge, additional competences:
• Experience in conflict resolution management
• Experience with electoral observation processes (including field experiences) will be a strong asset as will familiarity with ECOWAS electoral assistance work.
• BRIDGE facilitator accreditation will be an advantage
• Ability to work in a dynamic, multidisciplinary and highly political context
• Excellent diplomacy and persuasion skills with a high sense of integrity and transparency
• Good knowledge and understanding of results-based planning, monitoring and reporting
• Impeccable writing, reporting and presentation skills
• Strong organisational and project management skills
• Spoken and written language skills in English is required for this position. Working knowledge of the French language will be an added advantage.
• Knowledge of the ECOWAS region and established contacts to relevant actors is regarded as an asset.