Consultations on Belarus Electoral Law Reform – Senior Elections Expert (m/f/d)

Form of Employment: Short-term consultancy

Starting Date: 9 Dec 2020

Duration: Dec 2020 – June 2021

Location: Remote deskwork


Democracy Reporting International (DRI) and European Exchange (EE) will hold a series of international consultations on electoral reform in Belarus involving Belarusian and international experts. In a participatory process, democratic forces will develop recommendations for the reform of the electoral framework (including electoral law, party law, criminal law, media law, constitution, etc.) for presidential, parliamentary and local elections.

To assist in this work, DRI is recruiting a Senior Elections Expert (m/f/d) who, under the supervision of the DRI contact point, will support the process with the drafting of preparatory materials, informing discussions with international perspectives, and producing the final outcome reports.

Tasks & Responsibilities:

Phase I (Dec 2020)

  • Review existing analysis and recommendations on the electoral framework in Belarus, provide a summary
  • Participate in two online discussions with Belarusian and international experts
  • Draft a summary report on discussion outcomes
  • Contribute to the agenda planning for online events
  • Liaise closely with the DRI contact point to further refine tasks above, and at all key stages of implementation

Phase II (January – June 2021)

  • Conduct a more in-depth review of the electoral framework based on the outcomes of Phase I and working group advice
  • Participate in four online discussions with local Belarus and international stakeholder representatives
  • Provide discussion papers and draft summary reports on discussion outcomes
  • Participate in a limited number of follow-up meetings to promote findings
  • Contribute to the agenda planning for online events
  • Liaise closely with the DRI contact point to further refine the tasks above, and at all key stages of implementation

It is foreseen that the total assignment is likely to take approximately 30 working days, with up 10 days for Phase I, and 20 days for Phase II.

Currently, only Phase I funding is secured, so the contract for Phase II services will be concluded upon confirmation of further expected funds.

Qualifications We Require:

  • University degree in law, political sciences or other relevant fields
  • At least 10 years of work experience in the field of elections and/or good governance and democratisation
  • Proven research experience in the field of elections, encompassing a diversity of contexts/ jurisdictions
  • Familiarity with the Belarus electoral and political context is a strong asset
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Advanced knowledge of Russian and/or Belarusian is a distinct advantage
  • Good communication and negotiation skills and ability to work as part of a culturally diverse team

How to Send Your Offer:

If you are interested in this consultancy, please send the following documents to [email protected]:

  • CV with references to comparable assignments, ideally at international NGOs
  • Financial offer stating the days required and the respective daily rate

Please include “Belarus Electoral Consultations” in the subject line.

Closing date for applications: 8 December, 09:00 AM (CET). The position may be filled before the deadline has been reached, so early applications are encouraged.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

DRI is committed to diversity and does not discriminate in employment based upon gender (including pregnancy), race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, socio-economic status, political opinion or any other status protected by the laws in the locations where we operate.

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Elbestr. 28/29

12045 Berlin, Germany

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