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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Democratic Governance Roster for Electoral Systems Experts
|Location :||Varies from home-based to assignments in headquarters/ regional centres or country office|
|Application Deadline :||31-Oct-11 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Varies from a few days to several months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Varies from a few days to several months|
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP supports over 132 countries around the globe in the areas of Poverty Reduction, Democratic Governance, Environment and Energy, Capacity Development, Gender, HIV/AIDS and Crisis Prevention and Recovery. The Bureau for Development Policy (BDP) is UNDP’s policy bureau. BDP plays a key role in helping country offices accelerate human development through UNDP’s programmes and initiatives.
The Democratic Governance Practice (DGP) is the largest practice area in UNDP/BDP. It works on building effective and capable states that are accountable and transparent. The principal areas of work are organized around 3 clusters: Inclusive Participation, Responsive Governing Institutions, and International Norms and Principles.
In the area of electoral processes and systems, UNDP supports countries to develop electoral laws, processes and institutions that strengthen inclusive participation and professional electoral administration that help build this real and perceived credibility. But because elections are about much more than what happens on Election Day, UNDP uses an electoral cycle approach to its work. This addresses longer-term issues of capacity development; institutional strengthening; participation of women and other groups; and the use of technology in electoral processes.
Supporting elections is an important element of UNDP’s work and the indelible symbol of citizens’ participation in selecting their government; however the organization has made the shift to providing electoral assistance around the electoral cycle concept, which incorporates the election event as one of many elements that go to the quality and magnitude of citizens’ participation including electoral system design, electoral law reform, voter registration methodologies, civic and voter education, building the capacity of electoral management bodies, working with political parties and the media around election-related issues. As a result, UNDP provided electoral assistance to 60 countries in all regions in 2010, and over half of all such initiatives focus on the electoral cycle approach.
In order to respond to this demand, UNDP/BDP/DGG is soliciting highly qualified experts (individuals, not firms) to be considered for inclusion in the Democratic Governance (DG) roster as elections experts. In particular, UNDP is seeking individuals with expertise in one or more of the following areas:
Duties and Responsibilities
The following range of tasks would typically be expected from a consultant (one or more):
Required Skills and Experience
Evaluation of Applicants
Successful candidates will be included in UNDP’s Democratic Governance Vetted Experts Roster for a period of 2 years. Inclusion in the expert roster does not guarantee a contract with UNDP. When a request for services arises, the hiring unit/office shall:
Payment/s shall be made following certification by UNDP that the services related to each deliverable, as specified in the contract, have been satisfactorily performed and the deliverables have been achieved by or before the due dates specified, if any.
Please note that an evaluation of the expert must be submitted by the hiring unit before issuance of the last payment on the assignment.
Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via the UNDP website. This call for applications is specifically directed at Elections Experts. Interested candidates are advised to carefully review this ToR and ensure that they meet the requirements and qualifications described above. Experts can apply to more than one expert roster. Candidates interested in being considered for other thematic rosters should submit a separate application, in response to the specific vacancy announcement for that thematic area.
All Democratic Governance Vetted Experts Roster announcements are accessible below:
Call for Applications: DG Vetted Roster for Experts in RULE OF LAW, ACCESS TO JUSTICE, SECURITY AND LEGAL EMPOWERMENT OF THE POOR
Experts must submit all materials requested for each thematic area of interest. Applications (for each roster) should contain:
Qualified women and members of social minorities are encouraged to apply. Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are only able to inform the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
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.