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Election Management Specialist - Bougainville, Papua New Guinea (IFES)

Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)

  • Organization: IFES - International Foundation for Electoral Systems
  • Location: Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Legal - Broad
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Elections
  • Closing Date: 2016-07-04

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Election Management Specialist - Bougainville, Papua New Guinea

Location: Papua New Guinea

Division: Program Management

Status: International Full Time

Position Number: 16:111

Project Description:

The aim of IFES’ Bougainville Electoral Support Project is to work with the Office of the Bougainville Election Commissioner (OBEC) and other key departments to strengthen the electoral institutions and processes that will be critical to a peaceful and credible referendum vote.

Election technical advice based on professional experience, best international practice, and research on a range of election issues including (but not limited to): electoral institution strengthening; voter registration, voter education; and inclusion of women in electoral processes. This position is subject to project funding. The anticipated start date for this multiyear program is July 2016.

Job Responsibilities:

Under the guidance and direction of IFES’ Chief of Party in PNG, the Electoral Management Specialist will provide technical direction and program implementation in coordination with IFES/HQ:

Provide technical support to the election officials and other stakeholders to pursue effectiveness and integrity in the electoral and referendum process;

Lead the project’s institutional partners through internal processes of capacity assessment, strategic and operational planning;

Oversee a varied portfolio of projects related to institution capacity building, voter registration, voter education and inclusion of women in electoral processes;

Promote political inclusion of women, youth and marginalized populations through technical advice, activity design and implementation working closely with IFES/HQ inclusion experts;

Liaise with other election assistance implementers, and the donor and diplomatic community to coordinate activities and maximize the impact of collective technical assistance efforts;

Ensure timely execution of project activities within the allocated budget;

Evaluate strategies and activities on an ongoing basis to ensure maximum impact, proactively identifying appropriate next steps;,

Provide periodic operational and programmatic reports;

In coordination with IFES/HQ and the Port Moresby, recruit and orient new Bougainville staff;

Supervise and mentor Project Officers and Associates;

Provide oversight and management of sub-grants given to national partner organizations; and

Complete other duties as assigned.


Eight years of professional experience in a leadership role for international development programs;

A graduate degree (Master’s Degree or higher preferred) in a field of study such as political sciences, social sciences, law, development economics, international development, public/business administration, or governance;

At least six years of experience providing technical expertise in the area of elections. Experience in strategic and operational planning for elections preferred.

Voter education, training, and institutional capacity assessment skills desirable;

Proven exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of international donor support programs with skills in strategic planning, management, supervision, and budgeting;

Proven ability to communicate, coordinate and effectively work with diverse stakeholders, from government officials to civil society and academic organization specialists;

Proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners and the ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams;

Troubleshooting and creative problem solving skills a must; and

Fluency in English (oral and written) is required.

How to Apply:

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