Kenya Electoral Management Specialist

Democracy International, Inc. (DI) seeks an Electoral Management Specialist (EMS) for a USAID-funded Kenya Electoral Assistance Program (KEAP). With KEAP, DI will provide technical assistance and support for the preparation and conduct of Kenya’s 2017 election through the following four components: 1) support of key institutions, voter registration and education, and election coordination; 2) promotion of women and youth participation and inclusion; 3) domestic and international observation; and 4) dialogue, consensus building, and conflict early-warning/early response. The EMS is to support the Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and other key institutions.
The position is based in Nairobi, Kenya.
The EMS’s major responsibilities are as follows:
· Provide expert knowledge on election administration and develop a working relationship with the IEBC and international organizations providing assistance to the commission;
· Consult with and advise the IEBC Secretariat on legal framework development and electoral policy reform;
· Observe the work of the IEBC and provide technical input to DI’s assessment of the commission’s performance in administering the electoral process;
· Meet with and build relationships with pertinent electoral stakeholders in order to further the mission’s understanding of the laws and regulations that govern Kenyan elections;
· Provide ongoing analysis of the technical and administrative issues related to Kenya’s elections and governance systems;
· Prepare reports and briefing materials for other members of DI’s core team, USAID, and other observer groups; and
· Oversee procurement of technology and supplies as necessary for all election-related program activities
Candidates should possess the following qualifications:
· Advanced University degree in international development, political science, management or other relevant field;
· Minimum ten (10) years of experience implementing democracy and governance programming, with significant experience in elections and political processes, coordinating with and supporting election management bodies;
· Experience in fragile or post-conflict states, preferably in Kenya/East Africa;
· Demonstrated capacity to develop solid working relationships with senior government officials, local governments, non-governmental institutions, and coordination with other donors;
· Strong communication and interpersonal skills are required;
· Demonstrated record of success in politically sensitive environments; and
· Fluency in written and spoken English.
About DI:
Democracy International, Inc. (DI) provides technical assistance, analytical services and project implementation for democracy, human rights, governance and conflict mitigation programs worldwide for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. State Department and other development partners. Since its founding in 2003, Democracy International has worked with civil society organizations, political parties, election-management bodies, government agencies, legislatures, justice-sector institutions, and others in 70 countries. DI is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply:
Please submit your resume and cover letter to https://[jobs.democracyinternational.com](https://jobs.democracyinternational.com/). We will only contact those candidates who best meet our needs. No phone calls or additional emails please. Please note that DI’s recruitment for this position is contingent upon award.