Long-Term Analyst, Political Campaigns: Georgia
The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is seeking three (3) Political Campaign Long-Term Analysts for the October 2020 Parliamentary Elections in Georgia. The Long-Term Analysts (LTAs) should be available to deploy to Tbilisi, pending an assessment of the safety and allowability of travel to and within Georgia, from September through November. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, deployment may not be possible, and candidates should be prepared to conduct remote analysis, if needed.
Primary responsibilities include monitoring and providing in-depth analysis on the political and campaign environment, with a particular focus on social media and online campaigning. The analysis will be carried out in line with the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation and Code of Conduct for International Election Observers. The LTAs will need to take into consideration the electoral code and other legislation and electoral regulations (such as decrees, code of conduct, ordinances, decisions). The LTAs will report to the Mission Director, coordinate with the NDI Georgia Resident Country Director, assist in producing analytical documents and reports on political campaign issues ahead of the elections, and work closely with the Mission Director in developing regular reports and analyses. The LTAs will also coordinate with the other LTAs to issue findings and recommendations, and will share analysis with Short-Term Observers (STOs) on matters related to political campaigns.
- Tracking, assessing, and reporting on the developments of campaigns in the geographic areas (in case deployment is possible) or candidates and parties (in the event deployment is not possible) assigned to them;
- Provide a qualitative and quantitative analysis of key institutions’ adherence to the legal framework around the political and campaign environment as they relate to the electoral process;
- Prepare briefing materials and talking points on the conduct of the political and campaign environment during the election campaign, and other advice to the Mission Director, LTAs, and STOs as requested and as necessary;
- When relevant, attend meetings and sessions hosted by the Georgian CEC, civil society organizations (CSOs), political parties or other related bodies;
- Work closely with the Election Administration Analyst to ensure the integration of various issues into the political and campaign environment analysis;
- Maintain regular relations with election analysts of other international observation missions, as well as with local CSOs who are monitoring the political and campaign environment;
- Prepare regular reports as stipulated by the Mission Director analyzing the political and campaign environment in the electoral process;
- Ensure political and campaign environment analysis is integrated into the STOs’ training materials and election day observation and forms;
- Collaborate with other analysts to ensure issues are streamlined through all reports, including the preliminary election day statements, final report and any other statements issued by the mission;
- Travel to regions throughout Georgia if possible and as necessary; and
- Support the activity of the mission and of the international observers in any other aspect as necessary.
- Bachelor’s degree preferably in international relations, law, political science, gender studies or related subject;
- A minimum of five (5) years relevant professional work experience at the national or international level implementing programming in the field of democracy and governance, with experience during election processes (especially as a long-term observer or long-term analyst on an international observation mission preferred) preferred;
- Experience in analysis of political and campaign environments required;
- Demonstrated ability to work under pressure in a sensitive political environment;
- Demonstrated ability to work as a member of an internationally and culturally diverse team, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
- Exceptional interpersonal and managerial skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of local stakeholders and foreign government personnel;
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills to effectively present information in a clear and persuasive manner;
- Analytical skills for interpreting complex program and political issues;
- Experience working in Europe or Eurasia preferred;
- Capable with word processing and e-mail; and
- Fluent written and spoken English required.
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