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Electoral Professional

Location: London
Closing date: 29 January 2018
Contract duration: 12 month fixed-term

£28,500 pa + benefits

London SW1, Pall Mall

The closing date is Monday 29 January 2018, 5:00pm GMT.

We have an excellent opportunity for an Electoral Professional, to work within the Electoral Support Section of the Governance and Peace Directorate.

The Commonwealth Electoral Network (CEN) was endorsed by Heads of Government at their Meeting in 2009 and subsequently launched at a pan-Commonwealth Conference of Election Management Bodies in Ghana in May 2010. Its aim is to facilitate experience sharing, create peer support mechanisms and promote good practice across the Commonwealth in the field of election management.

As an alumnus of either the JEP or CEP Initiatives, the Electoral Professional will be exposed and contribute to all areas of the Electoral Support Section’s work to assist members achieve the standard of electoral management and democratic practice to which they have committed themselves.

This is a 12-month fixed-term contract position based at the Commonwealth Secretariat Headquarters in London, and with the requirement for overseas travel in support of ESS activities. Relocation and visa assistance will be provided. Please note that there is no possibility of the contract being either renewed or extended.

The successful candidate will bring their experience and perspective as an alumnus of the JEP or CEP Initiatives in support of ESS programmes and activities; contribute to the planning and on-the-ground facilitation of Commonwealth pre-election assessment and election observer missions, conference/meetings and other electoral-related events, assist in the design, development and implementation of CEN programme elements; and contribute to the preparation of briefings, advice, reports and presentations on electoral matters

To be considered, you will need to have a graduate degree in a relevant subject, preferably political science. You will need to have project or programme management experience, including budget management. You will be a full-time employee of a CEN Election Management Body (EMB). If selected you will have participated in one of the following Commonwealth JEP or CEP training events: the inaugural pan-Commonwealth workshop in New Delhi, India (October 2013); the Pacific region workshop in Canberra, Australia (March 2014); the Caribbean & Americas region workshop in Kingston, Jamaica (September 2014); the Asia region workshop in New Delhi, India (March 2015); the Africa region workshop in Gaborone, Botswana (August 2015), or the CEP Pacific region workshop in Apia, Samoa (November 2017).

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 52 member governments and provides guidance on policy making, technical assistance and advisory services to Commonwealth member countries.  We support governments to help achieve sustainable, inclusive and equitable development.

To join us, you must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country.

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