Electoral Officer, Tunis, Tunisia
Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
City: Tunis, Tunisia
Office: UNDP Tunis
Closing date: Wednesday, 16 September 2020
Job ID: 32491
Practice Area - Job Family: Management
Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 16/09/2020
Duty Station: Tunis, Tunisia
Education & Work Experience: I-Master’s Level Degree - 5 year(s) experience
Vacancy Type: TA Local
Posting Type: External
Bureau: Arab States
Contract Duration: Less than a year
Following the revolution in 2011 that led to the overthrow of 40 years of authoritarian rule, the lives and livelihood of the Libyan people has been severely impacted. Since 2011, Libya has witnessed periods of intense fighting and clashes, resulting to political and economic insecurity and affecting the macro-stability of the country. Since the country’s first free elections on 7 July 2012 for the General National Congress (GNC), two subsequent electoral events took place: The Constitution Drafting Assembly election on 20 February 2014 amidst violence and boycott by some minority groups, and the election of a new legislative body, the House of Representatives (HoR) in July 2014. In addition, Libya conducted 95 municipal council elections during 2014 and 2018, as well as 25 first and second generation municipal council elections in 2018/ 2019.
The United Nations Security Council Resolution 2009 established the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in September 2011. Since then, UNSMIL commenced its support to the country’s transitional authorities in their post-conflict efforts. These range from assisting the Libyan authorities restore public security and the rule of law, to promoting inclusive political dialogue and national reconciliation, helping Libyans to embark on the drafting of a new constitution and lay the foundation for elections. UN Security Council Resolutions 2434 and 2486 mandate UNSMIL to support the organization of elections in Libya, in full accordance with the principle of national ownership.
With an overall goal of building the capacity of Libya’s transitional governance structures and facilitate inclusive citizen participation in political processes, this UNDP/UNSMIL joint initiative is designed to support Libya in holding municipal council elections. Through support to the Central Committee for Municipal Council Elections (CCMCE), the designated body responsible for Local Elections, the project contributes to the planning, preparation and conduct of the second round of municipal elections after those conducted in April/May 2019. The project focuses on building the institutional capacity of the CCMCE, while supporting it to prepare, conduct and manage technically sound democratic elections. This translates into provision of support and advisory services on electoral operations and planning, procurement and logistics, election technology, civic and voter education, public outreach and communication, training and procedures, and on inclusion, with emphasis on participation of traditionally marginalized groups, such as women, youth, differently-abled people and minorities, through support to awareness raising activities for inclusive citizen participation to political and electoral processes.
In light of the above, the project seeks to achieve the following outputs to be implemented over 2020, with a likely extension until the end of 2021:
Output 1: Support to the planning and implementation of inclusive election operations including voter registration;
Output 2: Facilitate democratic participation through support to voter and civic education and through awareness raising activities.
In addition, the project supports newly elected municipal councils in Libya in order to strengthen their capapcity and enhance service delivery to citizens. Through the implementation of the innovative ‚Post-Election Initiative‘, newly elected municipal councils are supported in their outreach and communication efforts in terms of strategy and planning in the post-election period. This support is closely coordinated with other support from UNDP and international partners to municipalities. Lastly, a conflict sensitive approach is integrated in the project’s strategic framework, which aims at supporting national stakeholder engagement and dialogue on conflict prevention in the context of elections and electoral violence in pre and post electoral periods.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall responsibility and supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor, the Electoral Officer for the Local Elections Project (LEP) contributes to, and advises, regarding the planning, implementation and monitoring of electoral programmes and processes for local municipal council elections and the Central Committee for Municipal Council Elections (CCMCE). S/he supports the implementation of the project’s post-election initiative strengthening newly elected municipal councils and supports the CTA in the overall management of the project.
Expected outputs are:
Project implementation strengthened including planning, implementation and monitoring of project activities;
Overall project management strengthened including through coordination with internal and external stakeholders and partners;
Project monitoring initiated and established;
Systematic reporting on project activities ensured and strengthened;
Project visibility increased and strengthened towards internal and external stakeholders and partners;
Effective liaison and communication ensured and strengthened inter-alia with project stakeholders, UNDP Country Office projects, UNSMIL relevant units and CCMCE, where applicable.
S/he will be responsible for the following duties:
1. Support electoral operations for local elections
Support the planning, implementation and monitoring of electoral programmes and processes for local municipal council elections in Libya; specifically:
Provide advice on processes / activities for civic and voter education with a specific focus on women’s political participation and representation; also, provide advisory inputs to the CCMCE on appropriate gender mainstreaming measures, where applicable;
S/he works closely with the Civic and Voter Education Coordinator for the successful implementation of the programme and accompanies the work from a UNDP project management perspective;
Ensure and foster productive partnerships with national counterparts and other key stakeholders of the electoral process such as media and civil society, observer organization, where applicable;
Contribute to capacity building and capacity development strategies and activities for national counterparts and the strengthening of the national institution in collaboration with the capacity building Project Coordinator, where applicable;
Tags advisory services capacity development citizen participation conflict prevention development strategies elections electoral electoral assistance gender mainstreaming logistics monitoring and reporting political participation procurement project implementation project management project monitoring reconciliation rule of law social policy voter registration
Support the CCMCE on electoral operations with targeted assistance on public outreach, external relations and media, where applicable and as required.
2. Support the Post-Election Initiative
Support and promote the capacity development of newly elected municipal councils in their immediate post-election period, in collaboration with the Post-Election Initiative Project Coordinator;
S/he works closely with the Post-Election Initiative Project Coordinator for the successful implementation of the programme and accompanies the work from a UNDP project management perspective;
S/he supports the Post-Election Initiative Project Coordinator ensuring coordination across UNDP projects and units with relevant programmatic support to municipalities, as well as with other international partners to support synergies among projects;
3. Project Management Functions:
Ensure effective liaison and communication in the framework of the United Nations Electoral Support Team (UNEST) and the Electoral Assistance Service (EAS) of the United Nations Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL), where applicable;
Ensure implementation of a standardized project reporting mechanism including effective and timely reporting to internal and external stakeholders;
Ensure and foster productive partnerships with international counterparts and key donors, as applicable;
Provide project management support as well as monitoring and reporting of results to national counterparts, donors and UN bodies, where applicable;
Support in organizational learning and improved performance of the team;
As required, supervise and manage the performance of national staff assigned to the area of responsibility;
Assist and represent, as required, the Chief Technical Advisor in the overall management of the local elections team during the CTA’s absence and supervise, manage and coordinate delegated tasks in relation to the different project components in assigned areas of responsibility
Ability to make new and useful ideas work
Ability to persuade others to follow
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
Ability to apply technical expertise to ensure seed and quality of supporting or advising on electoral processes
Ability to capture, develp and share and effectvly use information and knowldge
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s degree in social policy, public policy, politics, economics, development studies or a related area.
A minimum of five years (with Master’s degree) of progressively responsible experience in elections and related areas in respect to the Job describtion;
Electoral experience in at least two field operations of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization or other relevant electoral experience required;
At least two years of experience in implementing, supporting or advising on electoral processes is required;
Experience of at least one year in civic and voter education including on womens‘ participation in electoral processes;
Work experience in post conflict situations and/or developing countries.
Proficiency in English. Working knowledge of other UN language desirable
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