The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) supports citizens’ right to participate in free and fair elections. Our independent expertise strengthens electoral systems and builds local capacity to deliver sustainable solutions.
As the global leader in democracy promotion, we advance good governance and democratic rights.
We have the following open vacancies
The International Foundation for Electoral System was established in 1987 in Washington DC in USA to provide technical support to election management bodies and other election stakeholders. IFES mission is to deepen democracy by ensuring that election management bodies deliver on their constitutional responsibilities of conducting credible elections. IFES has been in Nigeria since 1998 and had been working with the Independent National Electoral Commission, the State Independent Electoral Commission, civil society, the judiciary and the political parties among several other stakeholders.
IFES seeks an Electoral Security Advisor to work with INEC on electoral security matters and preparedness ahead of the upcoming general elections. This position will work closely with the COP and INEC to improve electoral security preparedness, contributing to secure and peaceful elections in 2015.
• Assess the current status of electoral security matters and preparedness of INEC for upcoming national elections;
• Support INEC to strengthen planning and response capacity of Interagency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) in Abuja and replicate at state levels;
• Assist INEC and ICCES in conflict mapping exercise, including risks to electoral processes;
• Assist INEC in compiling national map of polling units, assignment of risk levels as well as support creating the polling unit public interface;
• Assist INEC in developing crisis communication plan and incorporate into Election Operations Support Centers (EOSCs) and ICCES;
• Assist INEC in integration of election security matters into EOSC planning including the possibility of establishment polling unit security threat level assignment system for State level EOSCs;
• Establish training to EOSC on crisis management strategy to address possible scenarios;
• Assist INEC in developing and incorporating security guidelines into training of electoral officials, ad-hoc staff and security agents;
• Carry out any other tasks at the request of the IFES COP.
• University degree or advanced education / certified training in Security
• Minimum 10 years of relevant professional experience in Electoral Security
• Prior experience in working with Electoral Commission/s on Nationwide Electoral Security Matters
• Prior experience working in West Africa preferred
• Sensitivity to local political environment and customs
• Proven ability to plan and ensure targets are met
• Ability to transfer skills and work in close cooperation with local counterparts
BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections) training is the most comprehensive professional development course available in election administration, and is designed to improve the skills, knowledge, and confidence of both election professionals and key stakeholders in the electoral process. The program is a joint initiative of Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), International IDEA, and International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and United Nations Electoral Assistance Division (UNEAD).
As part of IFES support and assistance to INEC’s Capacity building drive, especially towards the 2015 general elections, IFES intends to conduct BRIDGE two modular workshops for INEC Administrative Secretaries and Heads of Operations. The modules are Strategic and Financial Planning and customized Pre and Post Elections activities. Modular workshops will be held in December 2014.
A BRIDGE accrediting consultant will be engaged and required to lead the planning, implementation and evaluation of the BRIDGE modular workshops and perform the following tasks:
• Design and develop workshop content materials, including participants’ folders, training presentations, handouts and other materials as needed in collaboration with the other BRIDGE facilitator available and the IFES Nigeria staff;
• Ensure all workshop materials are in place according to the workshop outline and supporting materials (handouts, books, articles);
• Lead the implementation and facilitation of workshops;
• Participate in the evaluation of the workshop; and
• Complete other tasks as assigned by Chief of Party and the DC Program Manager/Officer.
BRIDGE accrediting status is required for this position. Candidates with experience conducting BRIDGE trainings in Africa, preferably in Nigeria, are preferred.
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