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  • Gender and Inclusion Specialist at International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

  • Posted on: 4 June, 2019 Deadline: 18 June, 2019
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  • IFES is an independent, non‐governmental organization providing professional support to electoral democracy. IFES supports citizens’ rights to participate in free and fair elections. Our independent expertise strengthens electoral systems and builds local capacity to deliver sustainable solutions. Since arriving in the country, IFES has been building the capacity of institutions such as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Civil Society Organizations (CSO), media organizations, and the judiciary.
    Electoral violence is a unique subcategory of political violence experienced in different forms, ranging from intimidation, to destruction of property, to violent clashes resulting in loss of life. IFES defines electoral violence as, “Any harm or threat of harm to any person or property involved in the election process, or the process itself, during the election period.

    Gender and Inclusion Specialist


    Job Description:

    • Design and conduct assessments of national legal framework as well as internal policies, practices and initiatives of national election management bodies (EMBs) to assess their impact on the participation
    • of men and women in electoral processes;
    • Assist INEC and targeted SIECs in the design and implementation of policies and procedures that increase the participation of women in elections and within the Commissions;
    • Advise and work closely with the Gender Division of INEC to provide technical support for reforms, initiatives and programs undertaken by the Commission;
    • Advise and support the planning and implementation of gender capacity development activities for INEC staff in headquarters and state offices;
    • Advise INEC on international best practices to reflect gender equity principles and practices pertaining to electoral management;
    • Provide advice and support to INEC’s civic and voter education strategies to increase women’s participation pertaining to electoral management;
    • Support the COP and program team with designing and implementing program activities aimed at enhancing INEC’s capacity to implement gender-sensitive policies and practices to increase women’s
    • participation in electoral processes;
    • Mentor and advise program team on gender mainstreaming in the electoral process;
    • Provide input into monitoring and evaluation plan and assist with monitoring to ensure that the program impacts are accurately and adequately measured, especially with regards to activities’
    • impacts on men and women;
    • Assist INEC to develop elections security strategies that strengthen peaceful elections;
    • Assist INEC in designing and implementing strategies that would enable participation and inclusion of persons with disability in the electoral process;
    • Work with INEC Civil Society Division in engaging Youth and CSOs on their role in enhancing credible elections;
    • Assist in designing and implementing capacity building strategies to enhance Election Petition
    • Tribunal, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Elections and Party Monitoring, and Political Party Finance;
    • Contribute to the development of program reporting on gender, related areas of programming and any other duties assigned.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Bachelor&39;s Degree in Political Science or related field (Master's Degree preferred).
    • Minimum of 8 years&#; experience in gender analysis and programming, with a background in human rights and a rights-based approach to development.
    • Demonstrated experience working on projects promoting women's participation in governance and elections in Nigeria.
    • Familiarity with USAID and other donor gender policies.
    • Computer proficiency in Microsoft (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
    • Highest consideration will be given to applicants who demonstrate strong and proven track
    • record with democracy and governance work.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified candidates should forward their typed written application, current resume, copies of certificates
    and three references to:

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