Electoral Security Specialist
International Foundation for Electoral Systems, Lilongwe, Malawi
Closing Date for Applications:
Through the USAID-funded Malawi Electoral Integrity Program, IFES will strengthen conflict mitigation and mediation platforms, support targeted interventions and rapid response in “hotspot” areas, and raise public awareness about electoral violence and conflict mitigation. As such, IFES is hiring an Electoral Security Specialist to conduct an electoral security mapping, support an Early Warning Early Response (EWER) system, and provide technical assistance to electoral stakeholders, such as the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), Multi-Party Liaison Committees (MPLCs), and civil society organizations (CSOs) to support peaceful elections. Job Responsibilities:
The Electoral Security Specialist will lead IFES’ activities in Malawi, providing technical and managerial oversight, including:
- Provide technical oversight to partners to lead management and implementation of program components related to electoral security;
- Build local capacity to deploy IFES’ electoral violence prevention methodologies;
- Conduct electoral security mapping exercise to identify hotspots and analyze conflict triggers and stakeholder capacity to address electoral conflict and other security issues;
- Work closely with CSOs and conflict management entities to implement national EWER system;
- Provide training and technical assistance to local partners on reporting system for electoral violence;
- Advise MPLCs to conduct conflict prevention and mitigation activities;
- Support peace messaging campaigns targeting women, youth, and other marginalized populations;
- Assist MEC to develop and disseminate easy to understand conflict-sensitive public service announcements;
- Liaise closely with other USAID programs to ensure coordination;
- Provide progress reporting and other documentation related to electoral security, as requested by IFES and the donor;
- Represent IFES at events and meetings and participate as a technical expert;
- Monitor and evaluate the success and impact of the activities against project objectives and indicators;
- Perform other duties as required. Qualifications:
- Minimum eight years of experience implementing conflict prevention and mitigation programs related to elections.
- Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in international politics, international relations or a related field preferred.
- Demonstrated understanding of regional and tribal political context, as well as conflict drivers in Malawi.
- Previous experience implementing USAID or other donor-funded programs preferred.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to work effectively in a team.
- Ability to manage and develop local relationships.
- Experience working with both electoral management bodies and civil society preferred.
- General project management skills, including project reporting.