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We are currently recruiting for this position

  • Minimum Qualification: MBA / MSc
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 7 years

Job Description

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:

Required Competencies

Qualifications

• Master’s degree in international relations, law, political science, social science or other related field of study


Professional Experience

• 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.

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