CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT ADVISOR
|Application Deadline :||26-Jun-12|
|Additional Category||Democratic Governance|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-5|
|Languages Required :||
Arabic English French |
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 Year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||DPF|
At the beginning of 2011, the Tunisian interim Government requested the United Nations to provide technical and financial support for the electoral process. In response, UNDP Tunisia, in coordination with DPA-EAD, set up the project “Support to the Electoral Process in Tunisia” (SEPT), which provides technical assistance to the national authorities responsible for managing the electoral process as well as support to civil society organizations for public outreach activities and support to women candidates. The project uses an electoral cycle approach designed to provide support to both first and second-generation elections.
From April 2011 onwards, the project supported the holding of the elections for the National Constituent Assembly (NCA), including through technical assistance to the election management body responsible for organizing them, the Instance Supérieure Indépendante pour les Elections (ISIE). The electoral law stipulates that ISIE is to be disbanded after the NCA elections. SEPT will continue to make technical support available to the Tunisian institutions in charge of electoral processes, including to the NCA as it designs the new electoral architecture and to the electoral management body that the NCA will establish to organize the next Tunisian elections. SEPT will also continue to provide support to civil society and women candidates.
Duties and Responsibilities
| Under the direct supervision of the Technical Advisor (Elections), the Capacity Development Advisor will provide technical assistance as part of UNDP electoral support in Tunisia. The main areas of focus will be the capacity development of the new Tunisian electoral institutions, public outreach/electoral education through media campaigns and partnerships with civil society and public institutions. She/he will ensure the strategic direction and coordination of activities and monitor outputs in the area of capacity building and lead UNDP efforts in enabling an empowered citizenry to make an informed choice.
Specific duties include:
- Lead the design and implementation of capacity development activities with the electoral institutions of Tunisia, including the implementation of BRIDGE courses for the electoral management body as well as other electoral stakeholders such as civil society organizations.
- Provide high-level policy advice to the board of commissioners and the communications and public outreach departments of the EMB on all public outreach related issues, including policy and methodological advice on development of messages, public outreach methods and materials.
- Contribute to the development of media campaigns and public outreach materials for the EMB voter education campaign.
- Lead and supervise the production of other communication tools for voter education.
- Develop strategies to facilitate the dialogue between the civil society organizations and the EMB in terms of civil society advocacy, public outreach and voter education, including for coherence of messages and planning of implementation.
- Ensure coordination of related activities with other UNDP projects and agencies as well as other international partners and civil society organizations.
- Lead the project’s lessons learnt, information management and documentation processes.
- Supervise and manage the performance of a team comprising a national Public Outreach Officer and a national Information Management Specialist as well as other consultants and staff that may be recruited to support capacity-building, training, public outreach and civil society support activities.
- Develop a strategy for the capacity-building of the project’s national staff and act as focal point for its implementation.
- Perform other tasks and duties as requested by the supervisor.
- Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the project.
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
- Treats all people fairly and without favoritism.
- Extensive knowledge and expertise in democratic governance, electoral assistance and democratization.
- The candidate should have significant experience in providing practical advice to policy makers; be able to work well with counterparts in government and electoral management bodies, civil society organizations, political parties, media and the donor community; and know how to contribute to building national capacity for development.
- Very strong communication and interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to foster networks and partnerships, and good working knowledge of information and computer technology.
- Demonstrates sound knowledge of UN rules, policies, procedures and best practices in the electoral assistance field.
- Excellent negotiation and representational skills, at senior level (with national institutions, international organizations and/or diplomatic missions).
- Displays analytical judgment and demonstrated ability to handle confidential and politically sensitive issues in a responsible and mature manner.
- Demonstrates strong intellectual and operational capacity in providing and coordinating advisory services to stakeholders in electoral processes, specifically to EMBs and civil society organizations.
- Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities. Demonstrated ability to multitask under pressure and to meet strict deadlines under difficult conditions.
- Excellent organizational skills and ability to work effectively in teams, delivering through and with others.
- Self-management, including conflict management/negotiating skills.
Required Skills and Experience
- Masters degree in Political Sciences, Law, International Relations or related field.
- Minimum of 10 years specialized experience in electoral administration or assistance at least five of which involve management and advice, electoral assistance activities, programming, formulation at a senior level.
- Strong technical knowledge of the field of capacity building and public outreach (in electoral context), including in an international context and at a senior level.
- Strong knowledge of cross cutting democratic governance issues that are often addressed through electoral cycle or deepening democracy programmes.
- Familiarity with confidence-building and mediation techniques.
- Experience in working with transitional and emerging democracies is an asset.
- Fluency in English and either French or Arabic.
- Fluency in all three languages would be an advantage.
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