The Technical Advisor – Electoral Affairs will be located within the GIZ EPSAO Project Office and will support the planning, implementation and monitoring of technical measures related to regional electoral assistance processes.
Under the supervision of the Head of the Conflict Prevention Component, the Advisor 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 and accompany the work of the Embedded Technical Expert – Electoral Affairs - so as to ensure the effectiveness of GIZ EPSAO’s support to the ECOWAS Commission’s electoral affairs work from a project management perspective;
Support the fostering of dynamic partnerships with key stakeholders at the regional and national levels including civil society, youth actors, media, development and other partners;
Support coordination and oversight of work implemented by Project grant recipients;
Provide context analysis and technical briefs and research, develop and deliver presentations, prepare various forms of documentation (e.g. background papers, knowledge products and others) as may be required;
Collaborate closely with the Conflict Prevention Component and provide advice on processes and activities that will ensure gender mainstreaming measures in the electoral support work of the EPSAO Project as well as in the plans and activities of the ECOWAS Electoral Affairs Division;
Ensure visibility of GIZ’s support for regional electoral processes;
Support knowledge building and lessons learned processes with respect to regional electoral assistance processes.
Engage in coordination and networking with other GIZ sister programmes, the counterparts in the ECOWAS system as well as with other relevant stakeholders
Travel in the region and beyond as may be required.
Programmatic implementation and planning
Lead the development of and adjustments to operational plans and budgets and ensure implementation of the planned activities of the Elections Component;
Support the day-to-day operational activities and functions of the GIZ EPSAO Elections Component in close consultation with the Head of Component Conflict Prevention and the Embedded Expert – Electoral Affairs;
Provide administrative and logistical support for activity implementation including for mission deployments;
Ensure consistent implementation of GIZ and EU guidelines;
Perform other project-related duties and functions as may be directed.
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;
Post conflict or developing country experience especially in the West African region would be highly valuable;
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 and technical competence on electoral issues and needs;
Experience with electoral observation processes (including field experiences) will be a strong asset as will familiarity with ECOWAS electoral assistance work;
Ability to work in a dynamic, multidisciplinary and highly political context;
Ability to apply technical expertise towards ensuring quality support and advice to the political partner on electoral processes;
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;
A good analytical ability;
Spoken and written language skills in English is required for this position. Working knowledge of the French language will be a strong added advantage.
Knowledge of the ECOWAS region and established contacts to relevant actors is regarded as an asset.
Contract duration and duty station
Contract duration: 25 months; final contracting will remain conditional on donor commissioning.
Duty station: Abuja, with duty travels throughout the region