African Union Call For Election Observers | Diplomacy Opportunities

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The African Union Commission (Department of Political Affairs) is developing a database of experts to assist in election observation and capacity building for electoral stakeholders in its Member States. The experts are required in the following categories:

A. For Election Observation, Pre-election and Follow-up Missions:

1. Election Experts; and
2. Long Term Elections Observers.

The AUC now invites interested individuals to submit CVs for the different assignments as per attached Terms of Reference (TORs). AUC policy requires consultants to be professional, objective and impartial. A shortlist will be developed based on meeting the qualifications stated in the ToRs.

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• Advanced University degree (Master’s degree) in Political Science, International Relations, Law, or any other discipline relevant to the assignment.

Professional Experience

• At least 5 years of relevant professional experience in the field of electoral assistance and electoral observation and analysis, preferably as part of an AU Election Observation Mission or an Election Technical Assistance project of the AU or of other international organisations, possibly including managing an electoral observation mission, drafting statements and reports;
• Familiarity with the legal and regulatory framework for the elections as well as international and regional standards for elections. In this context the “African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance” and the “AU Declaration of Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa” are important background documents;
• Proven work experience on electoral legislation and good understanding of election dispute resolution mechanisms;
• Excellent understanding of the functioning of election management bodies;
• Previous experience of working in the country and/or the region and good networks with the different sectors of society in order to be immediately operational will be an asset.
• Participation in previous AU training on election experts and/or long-term observers is an asset.


Functional Competencies:
• Knowledge and expertise in elections, electoral assistance and democratization;
• Excellent drafting and analytical skills;
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to foster networks and partnerships;
• Excellent written and spoken English and French;
• Good working knowledge of information and computer technology;
• Able and committed to work in stress environment.

Corporate Competencies:

• Demonstrates integrity by modeling the AU’s values and ethical standards
• Promote the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the mission
• Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity
• Treats all people fairly and without favour

To apply:

Applications and CVs should be submitted by e-mail to The subject of the e-mail application must bear the procurement number and title of the assignment being applied for. Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit evidence of their academic and professional credentials as stated in their CVs at a later date.

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Deadline for submission of applications and CVs is 31 May 2017 at 1500 hours Addis Ababa time. Late applications will not be considered.

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