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|Overview of position
With general parliamentary elections scheduled for late 2020 and the President’s four-year term ending in early 2021, this project seeks to prevent elections related conflict by training NIEC staff, the judiciary and other stakeholders on the electoral dispute resolution mechanism (EDRM). If electoral disputes arise, Independent Election Dispute Resolution Mechanism Committee (IEDRM) should have the capacity to deal with electoral complaints through prescribed electoral dispute resolution procedures. If a complainant is still dissatisfied, he/she can ultimately resort to the judiciary. It is therefore also important that judges are also given specific training on electoral issues. Other key stakeholders also need to know how the electoral dispute resolution mechanisms work.In this respect, the project titled ‘Support to NIEC Electoral Dispute Resolution Mechanisms’ aims to achieve the following:
The Electoral Technical Specialist (on electoral dispute resolution, electoral procedures and/or training) under the direct supervision of IESG leadership (Chief Electoral Advisor (UNSOM) and Deputy Chief Electoral Advisor (Our client)), and in close coordination with the IESG Legal Adviser and Procedures Adviser. The Electoral Technical Specialist will provide support to the Independent Election Dispute Resolution Mechanism Committee (IEDRM) to put in place a lean electoral dispute resolution mechanism understood by all, and ensure stakeholders know how to make complaints and the Independent Election Dispute Resolution Mechanism Committee (IEDRM) are able to handle electoral complaints as prescribed, thereby minimizing electoral disputes to lead to election-related violence. Skilled and well-trained personnel in EDR decision-making bodies is key in the successful roll-out of the EDRM. Good understanding of the mechanism by electoral stakeholders (political parties, candidates, media, CSOs including women’s and youth groups, observers) are also essential so that complaints and disputes do not translate into violent acts but are instead lodged based on the legal requirements of handling electoral disputes.
- Development and establishment of EDR structures and systems at all levels, including the development of regulations and procedures for dispute resolution;
- Development and implementation of plans of Independent Election Dispute Resolution Mechanism Committee (IEDRM), relevant electoral stakeholders to ensure EDR is carried out competently and efficiently during different electoral operations;
Under the direct supervision of the IESG leadership (Chief Electoral Advisor (UNSOM) and Deputy Chief Electoral Advisor (Our client), the Electoral Technical Specialist (on electoral dispute resolution, electoral procedures and/or training) is responsible to undertake the following functions:
- Scope of Work
The scope of work listed above will be undertaken in close consultation with the UN IESG.
- Provide strategic policy and technical advice on implementation of the electoral dispute resolution mechanism to the counterpart institutions, such as the Independent Election Dispute Resolution Mechanism Committee (IEDRM), project partners and the IESG to help develop necessary structures and capacity building initiatives;
- Provide reports on all work performed as requested by the NIEC and IESG;
- Provide advice to the UN Integrated Electoral Support Group (IESG) emanating from the assignment.
D. Expected Outputs and Deliverables
The Consultant will undertake a number of specific assignments requested by the NIEC based on the abovementioned Scope of Work during the contract period;
The Consultant will be paid based on actual number of days and the supervisor’s certification of satisfactory completion of deliverables.
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1st Set of Deliverables
- Provide sound technical advice and support to IEDRM and other electoral stakeholders on electoral dispute resolution, electoral procedures and training;
- Development and implementation of programs for IEDRM, relevant electoral stakeholders to ensure EDR is carried out competently and efficiently during different electoral operations
- Development and establishment of EDR structures and systems at all levels, including the development of regulations and procedures for dispute resolution in cooperation with IESG;
- Develop strategic policy briefings on the development of EDRM and respective outreach concepts;
- Provide input into the development of the IEDRM’s for dispute resolution and stakeholder outreach;
- Develop context-specific instruments strengthening the EDRM, outreach and training process in cooperation with respective units and actors.
Within period from 19 October 2020 to 18 Feb 2021
|The Consultant is expected to produce a specific report on provided advice to the IESG concerning the outcomes and recommendations emanating from each of the assignments. The abovementioned timelines are indicative depending on the political situation and electoral needs. The consulted will be evaluated throughout the assignment. |
E. Institutional ArrangementThe Consultant will report to the Deputy Chief Electoral Advisor and will submit specific reports for each assignment to the Supervisor as well as periodic reports of on-going tasks, if applicable, plus co-reporting to relevant IESG colleagues.F. Duration of the WorkThe cumulative number of working days is 120 days with in the spread over period from 19 October 2020 to 28 Feb 2021. The abovementioned timelines are indicative depending on the political situation and electoral needs. The consulted will be evaluated throughout the assignment.
The Consultant will report to the Deputy Chief Electoral Advisor
Advanced university degree in Political Science, International Relations, Social Sciences, Management, Administration, Law or related fields or relevant work experience;
At least seven years of professional experience in the area of elections with focus on electoral assistance, capacity building and institutional development preferably in a fragile and conflict affected context;
Proven knowledge in Electoral Dispute Resolution mechanisms, with preferably experiences in implementing electoral complaints and appeals processes;
Proven knowledge and experience in designing and implementing electoral training programs an asset;
Proven knowledge and experience in managing projects or programs, staff and consultants, monitoring and evaluation of projects an asset;
Experience working with electoral stakeholders, such as Electoral Management Bodies in developing countries, and different donors;
Experience in closely cooperating and coordinating activities with other assistance providers;
Experience in conflict, post-conflict, or transitional state environments;
Demonstrated ability to live and work in a challenging environment;
Fluency is oral and written communication skills in English;
Strong organizing skills;
Experience working in a culturally diverse environment
Experience working with judges an asset;
Experience working with the UN is an asset;
Relevant experience in Africa or the Arab region is an advantage;
This role does not have any team management responsibility.
The Consultant will be required to have a personal lap top. Official communications (SIM card for official use) and wireless internet will be provided. Given the security situation in Somalia, Our client will provide the relevant security training and briefing. Consultants are required to do the online UN security course prior to travel. Our client will provide a full economy class ticket for travel between base and duty station.
If not done yet, the consultant is required to complete the UN SSAFE training (Mogadishu) within the first month of embarkation (exclusive working days). Our client - Somalia is responsible for cost of SSAFE training if required.
Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply for this role.