Electoral Technology and Integrity Advisor Job at International Foundation for Electoral Systems

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (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 1987, IFES has worked in over 145 countries - from developing democracies, to mature democracies.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Position: Electoral Technology and Integrity Advisor

Position Number: 21:381
Job Location: Abuja, Nigeria 
Division: Program Management
Status: International Full Time

Job Description

  • The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is currently recruiting an Electoral Technology and Integrity Advisor (ETIA) to provide electoral technology and integrity support to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs) in Nigeria, under a USAID-funded program entitled Supporting Electoral Accountability & Transparency (SEAT).
  • The SEAT program is designed to build the capacity of Nigerian electoral management bodies at the national and state levels to better inform, engage Nigerian citizens on electoral and political processes, and engage in international observation to promote the transparency of Nigerian elections.

Primary Function / Purpose:

  • The ETIA provides strategic guidance, vision and management for successful implementation of IFES electoral technology and integrity support to INEC and SIECs.
  • This individual will oversee technological activities, provide technical direction and support, and contribute to the accurate reporting of program activities and results to IFES headquarters (HQ) and the donor.
  • IFES COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

Job Responsibilities
Major Duties And Responsibilities:

  • Serve as IFES’ election technical advisor in Nigeria, providing technical support and advice to INEC and SIECs, especially in the area of electoral results management and electronic transfer of elections result
  • Build and foster capacity and leadership of INEC and SIECs
  • Contribute to workplan design and implementation, as well as evaluating program strategies and activities
  • Lead efforts in planning and organizing cybersecurity activities in accordance with IFES Holistic Exposure and Testing (HEAT) methodology, including assessment of strengths, monitoring of weaknesses, streamlining cybersecurity management, and mitigating risks
  • Provide technical input related to technology and cybersecurity during the development and finalization of various documents
  • Brief relevant partners on technology and cybersecurity-related development in local and global context
  • Coordinate with INEC in providing technical assistance on and elections result transmission issues
  • Advise on public messaging to instill confidence in the cybersecurity of key electoral systems
  • Establish and maintain close working relationships with the INEC, SIECs, civil society organizations, international NGOs and the donor community
  • Conduct detailed and ongoing assessment of the EMB's capacity and establishment of a technical assistance plan, based on the electoral calendar and priority areas of assistance
  • Coordinate closely with consultants and field experts on program components
  • Contribute to the elaboration of subrecipient scopes of work, capacity building and local oversight of their programmatic work and deliverables
  • Advise on the general implementation of electoral activities, providing support to improve electoral systems and procedures
  • Contribute to the drafting and timely submission of detailed weekly and quarterly reports, ensuring that they meet USAID and IFES reporting requirements
  • Contribute to written technical reports, briefing papers, and IFES thought pieces

Position Requirements
Education and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in International Politics, Development, or related field, Master’s Degree preferred
  • Minimum of 10 years' experience with election administration
  • Proven track record with democracy and governance programming in developing countries
  • Solid experience working with civil society and in designing and implementing civic programs
  • Solid experience working with elections management bodies in election administration capacity development, training, drafting of elections procedures, logistics and planning, outreach and engagement of electoral stakeholders is required
  • Familiarity with the international donor community and experience as an action-oriented interlocutor with democracy-development actors at all levels
  • Demonstrated knowledge of critical electoral technology and cybersecurity
  • Knowledge of and background in use of electoral technologies in comparable contexts
  • Demonstrated knowledge in proposal and report writing and management of budgets
  • Ability and skills to promote and inspire effective collaboration between individuals, organizations and networks
  • Strong interpersonal, presentation, and communications skills to meet the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the program and to effectively coordinate with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Experience living and working overseas, preferably in Africa and/or comparable contexts
  • Knowledge of African politics and development preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Excel

Language Skills:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English required.
  • Proficiency in at least one other language in use within assigned project location is strongly preferred.


  • Travel is required.

Physical Requirements / Work Environment:

  • Standard office work environment.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


  • All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment/promotions and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.
  • IFES takes affirmative action with respect to the employment and promotion of women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans.
  • IFES will also take affirmative action on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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