UNDP is the UN system’s provider of electoral assistance. It supports partner countries to develop electoral laws, processes and institutions that strengthen inclusive participation and professional electoral administration, which in turn build real and perceived credibility. Because elections are about much more than what happens on election day, UNDP uses an electoral cycle approach to its work. This treats the election event as one of many elements that impact on the quality and magnitude of citizens’ participation. These include electoral system design, electoral law reform, voter registration methodologies, civic and voter education, the capacity of electoral management bodies, political party behaviour and the quality of media coverage of electoral issues.
In July 2009, UNDP launched the Global Programme for Electoral Cycle Support (hereafter, ‘GPECS’) to contribute to the overall goal of deepening democracy and accelerating human development. The GPECS seeks the outcome of “electoral laws, processes and institutions that strengthen inclusive participation and professional electoral administration” by:
- Providing leadership, advocacy and capacity development in the field of electoral cycle support at the global level;
- Supporting South-South cooperation and promoting regional knowledge development, exchanges and capacity;
- Supporting electoral cycle development and lessons learned in key countries at the national level;
- Fostering inclusive participation and women’s empowerment.
The Global window of GPECS focuses on generating policy solutions, providing advisory support to country offices and regional centres, supporting capacity development, supporting the electoral community of practice on Electoral Cycle Support and producing lessons learned and the production of knowledge products and tools. Under this last component BDP/ DGG has initiated the development of two specific knowledge products, among others: Media and Elections: A Guide for Electoral Management Bodies and Measuring Progress in Elections: A guide to evaluating electoral processes. Additionally, during the last year several lessons learned exercises and an evaluation on different areas of UNDP electoral work have taken place. These recommendations would need to be translated and incorporated in several policy documents and guidance.
While background research and initial drafting have already been undertaken and these exercises are in progress at varying levels of advancement, each of these will require accompanying research work, consolidation of comments and validation from experts in the field in order to finalize draft and production. Therefore UNDP requires the services of an electoral consultant who can support UNDP in the finalization of these knowledge products. Secondarily, it is expected that the consultant will support UNDP in the systematization and integration of all recommendations and lessons deriving from the different lessons learning exercises and the evaluation.
Under the direct supervision of the Electoral Advisor of BDP/DGG, and in close cooperation with BDP/DGG policy specialists, the incumbent will work as a member of the DGG/BDP electoral team and inclusive participation cluster and will support the development of the following knowledge products:
- Media and elections guide (primary task);
- Guide on measuring progress in elections (primary task);
- Support UNDP incorporation of lessons and recommendations of lessons learning exercises and evaluations into policy documents and drafts (secondary task).
- Finalize the media and elections guide;
- Finalize the guide on measuring progress in elections;
- Synthesize recommendations coming from evaluations and leassons learnt to incoprporate in relevant documents.
- Advanced University degree in social science.
- At least 10 years of experience in the areas of democratic governance. Experience in electoral processes will be an added advantage.
Application Submission Process:
1. Proposal - Please submit the following to demonstrate your interest and qualifications:
- Explaining why you are the most suitable for the work;
- Provide a brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the work (2 pages or less).
2. Price Proposal - Please submit an all inclusive consultancy fee which may be made up as follows:
- Daily fees;
- All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel. UNDP will not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket;
- Any other financial claims to accomplish this task, e.g living expenses if outside of home country, visa, travel insurance.
3. Personal CV and/or UNDP Personal History FormInterested individuals must submit their applications online through UNDP Online Recruitment System. Correspondence (either in hard or soft format) will not be considered until the advance stage of the selection process. Applicants are encouraged to fill and sign a P11 Form and submit it on the online application, although regular CVs are also acceptable. The P11 Form can be obtained at http://sas.undp.org/Documents/P11_Personal_history_form.doc
4. How to Submit Application - To submit your application online, please follow the steps below:
- Download and complete the UN Personal History Form (P11);
- Merge your P11 and/or Personal CV, Proposals and other relevant documents into a single file;
- Click on the Job Title;
- Click “Apply Now” button, fill in necessary information on the first page, and click “Submit Application;”
- Upload your application;
- You will receive an automatic response to your email confirming receipt of your application by the system.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.