Technical Specialist (Electoral Support Project)

Location : Kathmandu, NEPAL
Application Deadline :28-May-15 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-3
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :One year
Expected Duration of Assignment :Until the end of the project


The UNDP Electoral Support Project (ESP) provides technical assistance and advisory support to the Election Commission of Nepal (ECN) for the period (2008-2016). The ESP support aims at building sustainable and enduring institutional and professional capacity within the ECN that could be easily and effectively deployed in future elections. Through the provision of on-site technical advisory services and specialized electoral support, ESP seeks to enhance and further consolidate the institutional strengthening of the Election Commission of Nepal, of its Secretariat and its regional and district offices.  This support will also aim to enhance the professional capacities of its staff down to district level to meet the numerous priorities required to be addressed in order to further enhance the credibility and the adequacy of Nepal's future electoral processes.

The ESP consists of two phases. Phase I (2008-2012) focused exclusively on long-term electoral capacity building and institutional strengthening during the first three years following the CA election and was drawing to a completion at the time of the Project’s second revision.  Phase II (2012 – 2016) focuses on both long-term capacity building and operational support for future electoral processes.

Under the direct supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor/Project Manager, the Electoral Expert is expected to work in close collaboration with ECN officials, government officials, international organizations and providers of electoral assistance, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society to ensure successful programme implementation.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under direct supervision of UNDP/ESP Chief Technical  Advisor, the Electoral Expert will work closely with the ECN to successfully implement nationwide VR programme with photographs and biometrics. The incumbent will assist the ECN in field operations activities and electoral operational planning which will take place after finalisation of the new Constitution. S/he will assist the Chief Technical Advisor in coordinating donor community and other stakeholders (civil society organizations, media sources, political parties and international partners. Besides, s/he will assist Chief Technical Advisor and ECN in the area of public information. The major functions and key expected results are outlined below:

Function/Expected Results: Support implementation of phase-wise operations of nation-wide voter registration programme with photographs in order to achieve successful results:

  • Provide support  including review and monitoring of nation-wide implementation of the Voter Registration programme for effective operations;
  • Analyze the field operation plans, timelines, and associated logistical support for VR programme. Work with the ECN to progressively review and adapt the voter registration programme and other electoral preparation activities such as electoral operational planning;
  • Assist and advise ECN in continuous voter registration process;
  • Report regularly to UNDP ESP and ECN on progress and implementation challenges of the project;
  • Assist to coordinate field operations, including monitoring and evaluation (M&E), reporting and communication with field teams;
  • coordinate information regarding the voter registration program and electoral activities.

Function/Expected Results: Coordination with election stakeholders including civil society, donors, media sources and international partners:

  • Assist ECN in preparation of reports/analysis for monthly Programme Coordination Committee Meetings;
  • Assist the ECN and Chief Electoral Advisor with the project reporting and preparation of proposals and progress report for submission to donor agencies;
  • Assist Chief Electoral Advisor to lead UNDP's resource mobilization efforts in the area if electoral support;.
  • Provide support to the ECN to coordinate donors in the area of electoral assistance;
  • Assist Chief Electoral Advisor in maintaining external relation with donors and international partner agencies such as IFES, International IDEA and others.

Functions/Key Results: Liaison with the civil society organisations, major media sources and domestic/international election observation groups and review political developments as well as emerging electoral issues and public information:

  • Assist ECN in media coordination in order to release consistent and unambiguous message/ information on VR programme;
  • Provide technical inputs for developing public information messages and materials ensuring that public information messages are correct and consistent;
  • Support media strategy paper for the ECN;
  • Assist Chief Electoral Advisor/Project Manager in designing and implementing public outreach activities;
  • Support ECN to hook up domestic and international observation groups into on-going VR programme;
  • Other activities and responsibilities as requested by the Chief Technical Adviser.

Impact of Results

The overall impact through this advisory support services will be (i) strengthened capacity of ECN to function as a permanent, independent, credible and professional institution of governance; (ii) enhanced professional capacities of its officials at headquarters, regional and district levels; (iii) increased awareness and participation in the next cycle of elections, particularly for under-represented and disadvantaged segments of the Nepali society; and (iv) enhanced credibility of ECN in managing future elections through the establishment of a new voter registration system.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates high moral integrity by modelling the UN's values and ethical standards, sound political judgement, as diplomacy, impartially and discretion and proved capacity of initiative, leadership and autonomy;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic, goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitively and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism.

Functional Competencies:


  • Demonstrates proven team-working skills, specific experience of mentoring colleagues and of other aspects of capacity development;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Effective communication skills and ability to establish good working relationships with national and local authorities, and donor partners;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure;
  • Ability to work and act under pressure and with discretion in a politically sensitive environment, with a minimum of comfort;
  • Proven negotiation, analytical, networking and organizational skills.

Development and Operational Effectiveness:

  • Demonstrates capacity to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time to meet goals in a highly pressured environment and to support other colleagues in achieving similar goals;
  • Demonstrates capacity to respond flexible and positively to change through active involvement and generation of innovative, practical solutions to challenging situations;
  • Ability to facilitate strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Ability to facilitate implementation, monitoring and evaluation of project interventions as well as resource mobilization

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced Degree in law, political science, or related social science.


  • At least five years of progressive experience in election field, preferably in a post-conflict environment, in the area of electoral reform, capacity development of democratic institutions;
  • Past experience in working with the UN – and UNDP in particular – would be preferable;
  • Experience in working, liaising and collaborating with election officials, governments' representatives, civil society organizations, and public international organizations.


  • Demonstrated analytical skills and fluency in English with excellent verbal and drafting skills.

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