Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Expert (Democracy and Elections)

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Job Description


African Union. Since 2013 NORCAP has worked in partnership with the African Union Commission Peace and Security Department (PSD) to meet their growing demand for qualified and specialized civilian experts. NORCAP has supported peace and security initiatives specifically in the area of peace support operations, Conflict Prevention, and post-conflict reconstruction and development. Based on the AUC need for continued expertise support NORCAP is expanding the support within and beyond PSD, to also include governance and development. NORCAP and the AUC work together in choosing deployments that will further the work of the AU towards Agenda 2063.

NORCAP is the Norwegian Refugee Council’s expert deployment mechanism. NORCAP strengthens international and local partners’ capacity to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crisis by deploying highly qualified women and men from its world leading standby rosters. The deployed experts work with UN agencies, humanitarian organizations, development actors and national stakeholders to save lives, build resilient communities, ensure peaceful transitions from conflict and promote sustainable governance.  

Only applicants from the AU member states will be considered.

Job Purpose and Organizational Context

The African Union, established as a unique Pan African continental body, is charged with spearheading Africa’s rapid integration and sustainable development by promoting unity, solidarity, cohesion and cooperation among the peoples of Africa and African States as well as developing a new partnership worldwide. Its Headquarters is located in Addis Ababa, capital city of Ethiopia.

In seeking to achieve this objective, the African Union intends to strengthen its capacity to deliver by, among others, the implementation of its Organizational Structure and recruiting experts to support the work of its Divisions and Units.

The Commission of the African Union invites applicants who are citizens of Member States for a position of Expert: Democracy and Elections in the Directorate of Governance and Conflict Prevention of the Department for Political Affairs, Peace and Security. Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Democracy and Elections Unit, the Expert on Democracy and Elections shall provide technical assistance and support to the work of democratic governance particularly related to elections

Duties and Responsibilities

The Expert:Democracy and Elections shall perform the following tasks which may include:

Assisting in planning, preparing and implementing programme activities relating to democracy and elections as well as preparing budgets. Organising seminars, workshops and other related activities in the field of democracy and elections with various stakeholders. Drafting speeches, talking points, reports of activities and specific missions. Providing advice on democracy and elections issues, including input into official communications, statements and other document. Liaising with the AU Regional Offices on democracy and elections issues. Assisting in mainstreaming democracy and elections core values in the programs of the African Union. Assisting in developing and maintaining appropriate working relations with AU Organs and partners of African Union on issues relating to democracy and elections. Conducting Analysis and research on issues related to elections and democratic governance and provide expert advice on interventions necessary for effective implementation of AU normative frameworks, standards and guidelines. Performing any other relevant tasks assigned by supervisors.    

Educational Qualifications

Candidates must have at least a Master Degree in Law, Political Science, International Relations or other disciplines related to the major duties.

Work Experience

Candidates must have at least 8 years of relevant working experience in the area of Democracy, Governance, Human Rights and Elections including experience in Capacity Building, training, technical cooperation activities, planning and budgeting.

Other Relevant Skills

Computer literacy; Ability to work in a team and maintain team spirit; Ability to work under pressure, and to act with discretion in a politically sensitive environment and to establish good working relationship both with Government authorities and colleagues; Excellent drafting and reporting skills; Good communication and negotiating skills; Good planning and organizational skills.

Language Requirement

Proficiency in one of the African Union working languages. Knowledge of one or several other working languages would be an added advantage.

What we offer 

Rewarding work for a renowned global organisation  Access to a network of humanitarian, peace, and development professionals   A dedicated Staff Care Unit  

How to apply 

When submitting your application, kindly register in English your full employment history and education. Please include your full name as written in your passport. Uploaded CVs alone will not be reviewed.    NORCAP values diversity, equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.   NORCAP reserves the right to conduct a full background check on shortlisted candidates  Approved Health Certificate will be required prior to contract commencement and assignment  The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country. Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks. NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.

At NORCAP, we work to better protect and empower people affected by crises and Climate Change. With expertise in the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding sectors, we collaborate with local, national and international partners on finding solutions to meet the needs of people at risk. NORCAP is part of the Norwegian Refugee Council.

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