Consultant – Enhancing the Capacity of Elections Cameroon (ELECAM)

The Commonwealth Secretariat, Home-based and Cameroon, Cameroon

Skill RequiredTraining and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
22nd March, 2016


Job Description

Project Purpose

  • The objective of this project is to identify the capacity needs of ELECAM and review Cameroon’s electoral laws with the aim of strengthening ELECAM and improving elections in Cameroon in line with international best practices.
  • More broadly, the project aims to advance POL’s approach of taking a more holistic and long-term view to election observation with focus on the entire electoral cycle; pre-election, election-day and post-election.

Deliverables

  • Participation in a one-week scoping mission to Cameroon and submission of a report which narrows down and prioritises ELECAM’s longstanding request, highlighting areas where the Commonwealth Secretariat can assist within its comparative advantage and a corresponding implementation strategy.
  • Preparation and submission of a second report on the comprehensive review of the electoral laws, with recommendations on how they can be strengthened in line with international best practices.

Qualifications and experience of the consultant

  • Knowledge and expertise in democratic governance, electoral process and democratisation.
  • Postgraduate degree in social sciences/humanities, preferably law.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in research and policy development at national, regional and wider levels.
  • Substantive experience in working with Election Management Bodies.
  • In-depth knowledge of electoral frameworks in developing country contexts, and Africa in particular.
  • Knowledge of international normative frameworks on politics and inclusive democracy.
  • Substantive experience in developing high-level research and working with international project teams.
  • High-level communication and facilitation skills, especially for engaging with stakeholders.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Experience of producing high quality reports and analytical documents.
  • Fluency in both English and French is desirable.

Core competencies

  • Demonstrated understanding of the Commonwealth’s fundamental values and principles as outlined in the Commonwealth Charter.
  • Respect for diversity and intercultural understanding.
  • Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty.
  • Promotes enabling environment for open communication.
  • Solid political acumen.
  • Ability to work independently and produce high quality outputs in a timely manner, while understanding and anticipating evolving needs
     

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