Civic and Voter Education Specialist

Phnom Penh | Phnom Penh

  1. Background Information UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner. Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.


UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner. To ensure more effective support and oversight of ongoing projects/programs and facilitate the development of new projects/programs, UNOPS established its Cambodia Office (KHOC) in early 2013.

UNOPS KHOC is currently in the process of expanding its area of engagement in cooperation with its development partners, primarily focused on a portfolio comprised of projects in the infrastructure, governance, justice and agricultural sector.

UNOPS Cambodia is looking for a qualified candidate to fill the position Civic and Voter Education Specialist at IICA 2.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Legal Specialist, the incumbent is required to perform the following specific duties and responsibilities for UNOPS implemented projects:

Summary of Key Functions:
The incumbent shall advise the NEC Commissioner in charge of Civic and Voter Education, and assist the NEC in their role of coordinating civic and voter education campaigns.

This includes assisting the NEC in designing its Master Plan for Civic Education, liaising with donors and partners involved in production of civic and voter education campaigns; assisting the NEC in coordinating the activities of NGOs participating in voter education.

Support the NEC to identify priority objectives in developing its civic and voter education strategies and campaigns, underscoring the importance of broader democratic participation, inclusivity in the democratic process, as well as key election-specific information and messages:

• Provide advice and support the NEC to formulate an official civic and voter education strategic plan as a means to implement identified objectives and to effectively communicate key messages to the electorate at-large; • Support the NEC to develop targeted civic and voter education strategies to communicate civic and voter education messages to women, as well as to marginalized groups that may have special information needs; • Provide advice and support to the NEC to establish and manage a voter education department.

Support the NEC and relevant stakeholders to plan civic and voter education activites through both mass media and local initiatives: • Support the NEC to implement civic and voter education activities; advise and assist as necessary; • Support the NEC to develop a strategy to maximize cooperation (including through training efforts) and the delivery of civic and voter education campaigns; • Provide advice and support to develop civic and voter education materials that meet the information needs of different target groups; • Support the development of a budget for civic and voter education activities.

Support the NEC to identify key performance indicators capable of demonstrating achievements in assisting the NEC to successfully implement a goal-oriented civic and voter education strategy: • Support the NEC to produce regular evaluative reports, drawing on agreed indicators, narrative and analysis, to adapt strategy and implementation as and when necessary; • Produce detailed protocols and SOPs regarding advice provided to NEC; • Support the NEC to develop monitoring and evaluation tools and to hold lessons-learning exercises to regularly review its civic and voter education activities and strategies.

Consult with NEC, to assess needs of staff and to organize opportunities for training and education as appropriate: • Contribute to project reporting and progress updates, as well as documenting capacity building support; • Act as a mentor to the NEC’s voter education officials to provide on the job training to effect a transfer of knowledge and skills; • Organize and conduct training on voter education as required.

Impact of Results: • The Civic and Voter Education Specialist is expected to have a positive impact on the electoral process in Cambodia. In particular, on the delivery of NEC’s capacity to plan, develop and implement effective civic and voter education, including both civic and voter education campaigns; • Informing the general public about the importance of broader democratic civic participation, as well as information campaigns to inform the electorate about specific voting procedures; • Develop and implement the information strategies that will be inclusive of women, as well as other sectors of society with special information needs; • Civic and voter education strategies that will involve both mass media as well as local initiatives; • Activities that will facilitate inclusive participation in the election process, underscoring the importance of electoral governance to the democratic process at all key stages. • Performs other electoral tasks at the request, ad hoc.

UNOPS Core Values/Competencies  Integrity  Professionalism  Respect for Diversity  Commitment to continuous Learning  Accountability  Planning and Organizing  Results orientation  Communications skills:  Teamwork skills  Client orientation  Creativity and innovation  Technological awareness

Functional Competencies

• Communication and interpersonal skills required for collaboration with election administration as well as various electoral stakeholders. • Ability to prioritize work and produce the required outputs in the given timeline. • Ability to advise effectively, mentoring as well as conflict resolution skills. • Substantive knowledge and experience working in the electoral support and democratic governance. • Excellent training and pressentation skills. • Excellent drafting and analytical skills.

Knowledge and skills: • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work effectively in teams, delivering through and with others; • Self-management, including conflictmanagement/negotiating skills. • Excellent command of written and spoken English essential. • Ability to work harmoniously with people from varying cultures and backgrounds. • Ability to work in hardship conditions and stressful situations. • Computer proficiency, including knowledge of database issues and of MS Office products (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), web-based management systems. • Demonstrates sound knowledge of i) UN rules, regulations, policies, procedures and best practices in the electoral assistance field; ii) electoral management issues, including the different steps of the electoral cycle; • Excellent negotiation and representational skills, at senior level (with multi-laterals); • Displays analytical judgment and demonstrated ability to handle confidential and politically sensitive issues in a responsible and mature manner; • Builds solid client relationships with good networking and advocacy skills; focuses on impact and results; • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities. • Demonstrated ability to multitask under pressure and to meet strict deadlines often under hardship conditions.

Education: • Master degree in law, political science, human rights, or other related field. • Understanding of and knowledge on mass media technology, demonstrated knowledge in working with civil society and NGO partners in conducting media and advocacy campaign. • Knowledge of technical and programmatic, in particular in the in developing countries, the experience acquired in the field of multilateral or international missions being privileged.

Experience: • Minimum of 6 years of experience in electoral domain, or civic and voter education related positions or relevant experience.

Language: • Fluency in written and oral English is required.

Application deadline: 12 May 2016 Application process: The applications will be received through the UNOPS GPRS online platform below. Applications submitted through other means will not be considered.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Phnom Penh | Phnom Penh
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education and Training
    • Education and Training
  • Closing Date: 2016-05-12

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