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International Election Observation Mission in Sudan
Voter Registration Medium-Term Observer Recruitment Notice

The Carter Center is currently fielding an international election observation mission for Sudan’s planned 2010 national elections.  As a key part of its observation of Sudan’s electoral process, the Center is planning to deploy a contingent of medium-term observers to Sudan in November 2009 to observe the voter registration process.  Pending unforeseen changes, the National Election Commission has scheduled voter registration for November 1-30, 2009.

The Center seeks candidates for several medium-term observer (MTO) positions who are willing to commit to a minimum contract of five weeks.  Deployment for selected candidates is anticipated from late October 2009 through early December. These dates are subject to change.

Observer teams deployed during the voter registration period will complement Carter Center long-term election observers, and help to monitor, assess and report on the voter registration process, including but not limited to the political environment, compilation and enumeration of the voter registry, security, human rights, and voter education/awareness regarding the voter registration process.  The information collected by observers is used to generate public and private statements regarding voter registration and other election preparations in order to build confidence in Sudan’s democratic process and to highlight areas requiring additional attention.

MTOs will work in pairs and travel regularly within their area of responsibility. Conditions vary, but candidates should be prepared to travel to remote locations outside of major cities and towns in areas lacking infrastructure.  MTO safety is a serious priority for the Carter Center and candidates must be willing to carefully follow all communication and safety/security protocols.  The Carter Center requires that observers fully abide by all national laws and regulations, and closely follow safety and security guidelines developed by the Center.

Primary responsibilities:
•    Monitor and assess the electoral and political environment in the period leading up to, including, and following national voter registration in the observer’s area of responsibility;
•    Meet with electoral officials, political party and civil society representatives and others involved in the electoral process to gather their views on the registration process and electoral preparations;
•    Prepare weekly written reports for the Center’s Khartoum and Juba offices

Financial compensation:
MTO positions are largely voluntary, although successful candidates will receive a daily per diem to cover meals and incidental expenses, as well as a small weekly stipend.  Beyond covering these daily living expenses, MTO housing and travel costs are undertaken by the Carter Center.

Qualifications:
Ideal candidates will possess some or all of the following qualifications:
•    Experience in election monitoring, census and other mass statistical sampling, and/or democracy promotion;
•    Knowledge of Sudanese politics and culture, regional expertise;
•    Experience with countries transitioning from war to sustainable peace;
•    Knowledge of Arabic or other languages indigenous to Sudan;
•    Expertise in some or all of the following areas: elections, human rights, conflict resolution and peace-building, political analysis;
•    Cross-cultural understanding;
•    Ability to live in difficult conditions, perform well under stress, and maintain professionalism.

Please send a brief cover letter, CV, and references to:

Mr. Owen McDougall
Assistant Project Coordinator
The Carter Center – Sudan
International Election Observation Mission
Email: omcdoug@emory.edu

To read more about the Carter Center’s work in Sudan, please visit:http://www.cartercenter.org/countries/sudan.html#peace

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