Counterpart International Job Vacancy: Electoral Readiness Consultant - Guyana

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Counterpart International helps people build better lives and more durable futures, community by community. We equip individuals, organizations and communities-our counterparts- to become solution creators in their own families, communities, regions and countries. We work with them in some of the world’s most challenging places to tackle social, economic, environmental, health and governance issues that threaten their lives and undermine their futures.

SUMMARY:
Counterpart International is currently seeking an Electoral Readiness Consultant to Youth and Citizen Participation program funded by USAID in Guyana. The program will pursue two key objectives: (1) to design and implement voter education for the upcoming local government elections, focused on youth and women, and (2) to lead a social cohesion process that involves political parties, elected leaders and constituents with emphasis on youth and women.

This is a consultant position based in Georgetown Guyana. This position will report to the Regional Director for Latin America Programs. With support and guidance from the Counterpart Headquarters staff, the Consultant will provide overall effective management and support for civil society voter education and accountability/oversight activities related to the upcoming local elections. The Consultant must have competence and extensive past experience managing and implementing successful political participation programs as well as providing technical assistance to local partners/CSOs, government and other stakeholders

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Engage in program start-up activities including but not limited to staffing, contributing to the development of the work plan, providing necessary technical support to two pre-approved CSO partners to develop partnership agreements, followed by workplans and messages for public awareness activities;
  • Revise and finalize the existing key civic education materials produced by GECOM and prepare a revised set of “pared down” materials that are appealing and comprehensive to public at large.
  • Design and conduct voter education and mobilization trainings that will increase voter understanding and participation in local elections and political processes.
  • Advise on the general implementation of electoral activities, providing support to improve electoral systems and procedures; Develop and maintain constructive working relationships with national counterparts, national and international assistance providers, and democracy and governance organizations and strategic partners
  • Facilitation of dialogue between political actors and implementers of voter education campaigns;
  • Conduct strategic planning workshops and trainings, facilitate roundtable discussions, etc. on electoral framework and implementation issues
Requirements:
  • Master’s degree in a related field preferred; Bachelor’s required;
  • At least 6 years of relevant work experience directly related to technical assistance for electoral systems and processes;
  • Extensive experience in election systems and administration, with specific experience in electoral training and capacity-building of civil society organizations;
  • On-site and medium/long-term capacity-building of election administration staff;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Extensive experience with implementing electoral cycle projects;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective training materials;
  • On-site and medium/long-term capacity-building of election commission and election administration staff highly preferred
Closing Date: 15 Feb 2016

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