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Thematic Analyst and Reporting Coordinator - Ukraine

Job Location

Washington, DC, United States

Job Description

Thematic Analyst and Reporting Coordinator - Ukraine

August 1 - October 31

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is seeking a Thematic Analyst and Reporting Coordinator 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 managing the work of four Thematic Analysts, 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. The Thematic Analyst and Reporting Coordinator will have primary responsibility for overseeing and compiling analytical documents and reporting on four thematic areas: political environment and campaign finance; election administration; gender and inclusion; and media environment. The Thematic Analyst and Reporting Coordinator will report to the NDI Ukraine Resident Country Director and the Resident Deputy Director. S/he will have primary responsibility for setting deadlines and overseeing the work of the four Thematic Analysts to ensure timely and relevant reporting.

Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), all analysis will be conducted remotely in cooperation with staff based in Kyiv, Ukraine. The coordinator 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.

• In coordination with NDI staff, serve as lead thematic coordinator, develop reporting plans, and ensure that four Thematic Analysts produce reporting that is timely and cohesive
• In coordination with the NDI Elections team, as well as Ukraine-focused staff in Kyiv and Washington, DC, design the scope of work and terms of reference for each of the four Thematic Analysts.
• Lead preparatory activities for the mission, including designing and implementing orientation materials in coordination with Ukraine staff
• 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
• Become familiar with Ukraine's constitutional and legal framework for elections, overall political environment, and issues being handled by Thematic Analysts
• In coordination with relevant Thematic Analysts, monitor reporting and resolution of election-related complaints and disputes by candidates and political parties
• Establish systems for analyzing and collating findings from Thematic Analysts and serve as lead author of reports and public-facing documents
• Develop regular communication with key CEC officials, political party leadership, and CSO watchdog organizations
• As appropriate, analyze impact of COVID-19 on electoral preparations and relevant thematic areas
• 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
• Coordinate 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 on relevant topics
• 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 ten (10) 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 management experience
• 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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