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Thematic Analyst - Election Administration (Ukraine)

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Washington, DC, United States

Job Description

Thematic Analyst - Election Administration (Ukraine)

August 15 - October 31

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is seeking an Election Administration Thematic Analyst for the Ukraine International Election Observation Mission on the Eurasia team ahead of the anticipated October 2020 local elections. The Thematic Analyst is expected to work remotely from August through October.

Primary responsibilities include monitoring and providing in-depth analysis on the election administration in line with the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation a nd Code of Conduct for International Election Observers and relevant laws of Ukraine. An additional focus will be on observing party compliance with electoral financial regulations of Ukraine. The Thematic Analyst will report to the lead Thematic Analyst Coordinator, who will report to NDI Ukraine Resident Country Director and the Resident Deputy Director, assist in producing analytical documents and reports on election administration issues ahead of the elections, and work closely with the other analysts in developing regular reports and analyses. The Thematic Analyst will also coordinate with the three other thematic analysts working on Ukraine to ensure specific analysis is incorporated into findings and recommendations.

Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), all analysis will be conducted remotely in cooperation with staff based in Kyiv, Ukraine. The analyst must be available to work concurrently with staff based in Kyiv (GMT +3) for at least two hours each day. This is a full-time temporary position.


• Coordinate with NDI's Elections team in Washington, DC to ensure that activities meet the standards of the Declaration of Principles and incorporate lessons learned in other long-term observations
• Provide a qualitative and quantitative analysis of key institutions' adherence to the legal framework around elections and analyze national legislation and laws as they relate to the electoral process
• Become familiar with Ukraine's constitutional and legal framework for elections with an emphasis on legal requirements and guidelines for the Central Electoral Commission of Ukraine (CEC) and other election administration bodies
• Assess the implementation of and adherence to national election legislation by the CEC, concerning, in particular, voter registration, voter education, campaign regulations, voting procedure, counting and results management, and dispute resolution mechanisms
• Follow the CEC's adherence to the established electoral timeline, their preparation for election day across the country, and their impartiality and transparency of operation
• Assess the CEC's capacity in relation to voter education initiatives, training of election officials and production of relevant materials, including COVID-19 mitigation and public health safety precautions
• As appropriate, analyze impact of COVID-19 on electoral preparations and relevant thematic areas
• Monitor reporting and resolution of election-related complaints and disputes by candidates and political parties
• Develop regular communication with key CEC officials
• Prepare briefing materials and talking points on the conduct and preparation of election administration during the election period, and other advice to Thematic Analysts as requested and as necessary
• When relevant, attend meetings and sessions hosted by the CEC or related electoral administration bodies
• Work closely with the thematic analysts to ensure the integration of various issues into the election administration analysis
• Maintain regular relations with election administration analysts of other international observation missions, as well as with international technical assistance provided to the electoral authorities
• Prepare regular reports as stipulated by NDI Ukraine analyzing election administration in the electoral process and financial compliance
• Collaborate with other Thematic Analysts to ensure issues are streamlined through all reports, including the preliminary election day statements, final mission report and any other statements issued by the mission
• 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, development studies or related subject
• A minimum of seven (7) 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 preferred
• 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 organizational 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 electoral and political issues
• Experience working in Eastern Europe or Eurasia preferred
• Experience as a long-term observer or long-term analyst on an international observation mission preferred
• Experience in analysis of election administration given special consideration
• Knowledge of PC-based word processing and e-mail technology
• Fluent in written and spoken English
• Knowledge of Ukrainian and/or Russian, preferred


NDI is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). As such, NDI makes employment decisions and provides equal employment opportunity without regard to an applicant's or employee's race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state and local laws. If you need a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please notify NDI's Human Resources department.

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