Review Team Leader / Senior Electoral Expert

Location : Abuja, NIGERIA
Application Deadline :08-Jul-11 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :7 Weeks
Expected Duration of Assignment :7 Weeks


Democratic governance is a concept that emerged from the principles that are based on the understanding that an effective system of democratic governance is one which is based on representative, equitable (across gender and other categories), transparent, accountable and inclusive institutions; a vibrant, responsible and capable media; and a dynamic civil society which is engaged in the political process. 
The overall goal of the Democratic Governance for Development Project (DGD) in Nigeria is to help develop the capacity of national and sub-national institutions, networks and processes, whether governmental or non-governmental, as a contribution to the further entrenchment of democratic governance in Nigeria.  The project primarily provides technical assistance and financing for capacity development linked to practical outcomes in a number of areas: legislature, election management bodies, political parties, civil society, media and gender equality in politics. 
Contributors to DGD are the European Union, the UK Department for International Development, the Canadian International Development Agency, Korea International Cooperation Agency and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).  A Project Management Unit runs the project under the leadership of UNDP.  Nigeria’s general elections took place in April/May 2011. 
A post-elections strategic independent review of DGD is foreseen with a view to aligning project activities with lessons learnt and emerging issues.  The Review Team Leader / Senior Electoral Expert is expected to supervise the evaluation team, conduct the review and deliver the review report.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Design a rigorous review methodology in line with the Terms of reference for the review, in particular ensuring inclusiveness, with the participation of DGD key stakeholders and DGD donors, and comprehensiveness.  For this purpose, prepare a work plan, organise a division of labour commensurate with the skills profiles of the individual team members, prepare a preliminary findings report for initial validation, deliver a high quality substantial review report.
  •  Assess the overall project performance in terms of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of the support provided to recipient institutions and organizations.  This substantive review of DGD will be based on the conduct and outcome of the 2011 general elections, achievements made by the project from its inception to the end of the phase 1 work plan, effectiveness of the management and implementation systems.
  • Suggest measures to address actual and potential shortcomings, identify new risks and associated risk mitigation strategies.
  • Propose recommendations to refocus programme activities, outputs and expected outcomes in the light of evolving political and institutional conditions, especially considering the outcome of the 2011 general elections.  The review report should be comprehensive enough to consider the options for substantially reconfiguring DGD, and how an enlarged financial envelope might be used if additional ODA becomes available for the period 2012-2015.


Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism
Functional competencies
  • Proven competence in conducting evaluations and reviews for development projects, with demonstrated ability to use Monitoring and Evaluation methodology and strong analytical skills.
  • Extensive knowledge in the field of democratic governance, well-informed on both electoral and broader democratic governance issues such as legislative development, the role and potential of mass and community media, civil society in emerging democratic societies, and the participation and role of women in politics.
  • Ability to lead a team with a view to achieving high-quality results within a given timeframe.
  • The selected consultant is expected to be independent and should have no prior involvement in the DGD programme.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Development, Public Administration, Political Science, Social Science, Law or a related field.


  • Minimum of 10 years work experience with at least 4/5 years experience conducting international development evaluations and reviews.
  • Broad knowledge of technical assistance to elections and democratic governance, with at least 5 years experience of capacity development in electoral management bodies.
  • Demonstrated strong understanding of international electoral standards and principles; good knowledge of electoral law preferred.
  • Demonstrated strong knowledge of Monitoring and Evaluation methods for development projects; knowledge of UNDP’s results-based management orientation and practices.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of key gender and governance issues in Nigeria and/or sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Familiarity with project implementation in complex multi donor-funded arrangements.
  • Prior experience from Sub-Saharan Africa preferred. Prior experience of working in Nigeria will be an added advantage.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English. 

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.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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