Electoral Support Specialist Legal Framework IEC (Re-advertised)
Duties and Responsibilities
- Electoral Advisory Support
- Coordination and Partnerships
- Ensures Knowledge management to build the capacity required
Electoral Advisory Support
- Review of existing laws to identify the gaps and make recommendations for legal reforms required to change the electoral system.
- Review the constitutional provisions of Afghanistan, existing electoral laws, and rules and regulations to provide advice on international best practice and transparent conduct of inclusive elections including fraud mitigation.
- Develop and present background paper on the current electoral processes in Afghanistan and problems in legislation.
- Based on the background paper, support EMBs to form a legal committee comprising of members of EMBs, external electoral experts, gender, and experts on persons with special needs including persons with disabilities, Judicial experts etc. to review the items identified in the background paper and provide recommendations for reforms.
- Provide advice on the drafting of legal and technical proposals for amendment of the Election Law for submission to Ministry of Justice and ensuring the incorporation of legal committee recommendations and drafting of electoral laws.
- Provide legal advice regarding voter registration regulations and procedures in the areas of cleaning up voter lists.
- Provide advice on formulation of regulations and procedures to strengthen the participation of women as voters and candidates.
- Provide advice on formulation of regulations and procedures to strengthen the participation of persons with special needs as voters and candidates.
- Provide advice regarding candidate vetting procedures and models and mechanisms to regulate and monitor campaign finances.
- Providing advice on the drafting of codes of conduct and other regulation for candidates, political parties, media and observers.
- Review of best international practices on MDR or similar systems to provide technical and expert advice to the EMB on planning and holding future elections.
- Development of different regulations and procedures required for implementation of the new electoral system and processes.
- Identification of legal requirements (changes in electoral law and accompanying regulation) necessary in the implementation of a biometric voter registration and verification processes.
- Identification of legal requirements (changes in electoral law and accompanying regulation) necessary in the implementation of a collaboration with the Civil Registry authorities with an aim of conducting voter registration.
- Drafting MoUs with other government agencies regarding the electoral system, if the choice of biometric voter registration requires it.
- Development of advisory documents that identify legal requirements that would guide the institution’s the use of biometrics for future voter registration events, voter verification and administrative uses.
- Compilation and pre-approval (internally) a list of election symbols to be used to distribute to candidates according to the lottery method for Provincial Council, district council and other elections planned.
- Prepare briefing papers and talking points on electoral matters for the UNAMA, UNDP, UNESP and other stakeholders as required.
- Assist in holding consultative meetings with relevant stakeholders to discuss recommendations for legal reforms to be presented to reforms body that are required to change or implement the new electoral system.
- Provide advice on electoral dispute resolution mechanisms based on international standards and best practice.
- Advise on how electoral complaints should be handled and assist in designing training programmes on handling of electoral complaints.
- Work closely with the relevant staff of the IEC Legal Department and the IEC Procedures & Training Department.
- Material development and training of relevant staff in understanding and implementing the electoral system as well as legal implications in the use of biometric technology in election processes.
- Material development in understanding the legal requirements for a civic-voter registration collaboration process.
- Based on international best practice provide advice in relation to electoral reforms and the law on structures and working procedures of the IEC.
- Work closely with the Procedures and Training Advisers on the drafting of election related procedures and training manuals.
- Build capacity of the IEC Legal Department staff in drafting of legal provisions and regulations related to the legal framework
- Assist and advice on the composition of all regulations in a unified book form for ready reference of EMB staff and relevant stakeholders in order to adjust the regulations keeping in view the legal reforms for change/implementing MDR electoral system.
- Contribute to UNESP regular reporting and to documentation of UNESP capacity development support to IEC for best practice knowledge sharing.
- People Management
- Collaboration and Partnership
- Risk Management
- Substantive Networking
- Knowledge Management
- Management & Coordination
Required Skills and Experience
- Master's Degree in Law, LLM or equivalent.
- A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in democratic governance and / or electoral legislation / technical electoral assistance.
- Experience in working with electoral management bodies (EMB’s) or tribunals.
- Experience in working in post conflict / developing countries.
- Experience of electoral assistance advisory and project management at the international level.
- Experience in electoral systems (open list, closed list, proportional representation, first-past-the-post, single non-transferable vote etc.) and election dispute resolution systems.
- Has experience and familiarity with International standards and best practices in electoral framework legislation.
- Has experience in producing reports and high-level political analysis papers relating to electoral framework reforms.
- Fluency in oral and written English is required.
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