The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance - International IDEA is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. International IDEA’s mission is to support sustainable democratic change by providing comparative knowledge, and assisting in democratic reform, and influencing policies and politics.
International IDEA acts as a catalyst for democracy building; by providing knowledge resources, policy proposals and supporting democratic reforms in response to specific national requests. It works together with policy makers, governments, UN organizations and agencies and regional organizations engaged in the field of democracy building.
International IDEA develops, shares and enables the use of comparative knowledge in its key areas of expertise: electoral processes,constitution building,political participation and representation, democracy and development and democracy assessments.
It also addresses the important issues of gender, diversity, and conflict and security as they relate to democracy.
International IDEA is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and works worldwide through offices in New York, Brussels, The Hague, Latin America, Africa and Asia.
The Africa and West Asia (AWA) Regional Programme consists of approximately sixty-nine countries that span 6 sub regions, namely: West Asia; North Africa; West Africa; Central Africa; East Africa and Southern Africa. These countries and sub regions are characterized by a diversity of governance systems, where broadly democratizing countries co-exist with hybrid and authoritarian ones. In the countries where democratic reforms have been pursued, accent has mostly been placed on basic constitutional and electoral system reforms.
Though each sub-region or country has its own unique electoral context, there are number of common factors and trends affecting elections across AWA that are the result of similar historical, political and economic experiences. These diverse countries share a common history of being relatively new nation-states – with the majority obtaining independence in the immediate period before, during and after the Second World War. Over the past few years, there has been significant progress in ensuring that elections play a central role in the political landscape of AWA countries. Yet while there has been progress, this progress has been uneven and there are a number of both positive and negative trends that contribute to the current electoral context in AWA.
In line with the Programme’s strategic objectives, this position will lead efforts in the following thematic areas: Building trust between electoral stakeholders; Legal frameworks; Conflict and Election-related violence; Elections & Gender; Elections & Youth; Citizen participation in Elections; Elections & ICTs; Cost of Elections; Funding of Electoral Campaigns; Social Media & Elections; Electoral Justice and Capacity Building for Election Officials.
International IDEA is an equal opportunity employer which seeks to further diversify its staff in terms of gender, culture and nationality.