International Organisation hiring Provision of Expertise for the Election Observation Missions Project Manager
Belgium, 02 March 2016
Election observation is a fundamental component of an election process. It is a crucial transparency check that promotes accountability and can therefore deter fraud and irregularities. This in turn can reduce violence and encourage participation. Election observation also provides wider information on a country's human rights situation and promotes immediate and long-term democratic development.
Since 2000 the European Union (EU) has been committed to undertaking comprehensive, long-term election observation, in accordance with international standards, through the deployment of EOMs.
There is a variety of actors involved in the process:
EU Member States (MS) and the European Parliament (EP) are consulted on the selection of election priorities;
the Chief Observer is an Member of the European Parliament;
EU Member States identify the long and short-term observers;
the European Commission is responsible for the budgetary, security and logistical aspects;
EU Delegations on the ground are fully involved during the various steps;
the European External Action Service (EEAS) is in charge of the programming and political aspects.
EU EOMs are independent (from the EU Member States, the European Commission, the European Parliament) in their political judgements regarding their findings.
On average approximately 10 EU EOMs are deployed yearly to countries all over the world to the destinations mentioned in section 1.1.
EU EOMs are projects financed by the European Commission and implemented through contracting the selected Framework Contract contractor.
EU EOMs are composed of:
A Chief Observer (CO), Member of European Parliament designated by the High Representative/Vice-President of the European Commission (HR/VP);
Deputy Chief Observer (DCO) contracted by the European Commission as a Special Adviser to the HR/VP;
A Core Team (CT) of experts in electoral matters, selected by the European Commission and the EEAS;
Long and Short-term Election Observers (LTOs and STOs), volunteers proposed by the Member States (Focal Points) and selected by the European Commission and the EEAS;
Locally recruited Short-term Observers (LSTOs), EU MS diplomats posted in the partner country.
In addition to the Project Director, the tenderer is required to propose a number of experts to demonstrate the capacity to mobilise high quality experts for expert positions within Framework Contract.
Submission Deadline: 1 April 2015
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