Senior Electoral Officer, P5

Senior Electoral Officer, P5

BINUH - United Nations Mission Integrated Office in Haiti

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH). The United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2476 (2019) authorizing the mandate of BINUH which is to advise the Government of Haiti in promoting and strengthening political stability and good governance, including the rule of law, preserving and advancing a peaceful and stable environment, including through supporting an inclusive inter-Haitian national dialogue, and protecting and promoting human rights; and assist the Government of Haiti with its efforts to plan and execute free, fair, and transparent elections; reinforce the capacity of the Haitian National Police (HNP), including through training on human rights and crowd control, to respond to gang violence and sexual and gender-based violence, and to maintain public order; Develop an inclusive approach with all sectors of society to reduce community violence and, in particular, gang violence; Address human rights abuses and violations and comply with international human rights obligations; Improve Penitentiary Administration management and oversight of prison facilities to ensure proper treatment of detainees in accordance with international standards; and strengthen the justice sector, including by adopting and implementing key legislation to promote justice sector reform, improving internal oversight and accountability, particularly as related to corruption, addressing prolonged pretrial detention, and ensuring merit-based judicial appointments and the timely renewal of judicial mandates.

The Chief Electoral Adviser will be based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and within delegated authority the incumbent will report to the Director of the Political Affairs and Good Governance Unit.

The Chief Electoral Adviser will be part of a joint elections team of BINUH and the UN country team which will be collocated in shared premises. Work implies frequent interaction with senior UN officials and of the UNCT, counterparts in the Mission and the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), the Electoral Assistance Division of DPPA, UN agencies, funds and programmes, institutions involved in the electoral process, representatives of political parties, non-governmental organizations, etc.


Within the limits of delegated authority, the Chief Electoral Adviser:

  • Under the overall direction of the Director of Political and Good Governance, leads the Electoral Reform Team of BINUH and its engagement with the UNCT as part of their joint elections team; works in partnership with UN agencies, funds and programmes; coordinates also with other components of the Mission, UN entities and international partners as required.
  • Advises on the design coordination and implementation of electoral assistance programs delivered by the UNCT and processes in the following areas, as required: legal drafting and reform, complaints and dispute resolution, overall process management, planning and budgeting, infrastructure development, operations including field operations, procurement, logistics, security, information and communications technology, data processing and analysis, procedures, training, external relations, public information, outreach and media relations, civic and voter education, graphic design, administrative support, support to media, political parties and civil society, gender mainstreaming, capacity-building, and institutional reform and development;
  • Advises on the provision of support and technical assistance by the UNCT to national counterparts and their institutions in the above areas and supports the good offices of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on electoral matters.
  • Advises on project and programme management and support, including budget management and monitoring, and reporting of results to national counterparts, donors and UN bodies;
  • Through the joint elections team of BINUH and the UNCT, assists the UN agencies, funds and programmes with the development of the programmatic effort and with overall donor liaison and management.
  • Advises on the design, coordination, and implementation of strategies and programmes to build the capacity of national counterparts and strengthen national institutions.
  • Monitors the impact of domestic and international norms and processes on female participation and provide advice to the Electoral Management Bodies on appropriate corrective measures.
  • Offers electoral advice to UN senior management on the ground.
  • Supervises and manages the performance of BINUH national and international staff.
  • Establishes and maintains professional and productive partnerships with national counterpart institutions and other key stakeholders in the electoral process.
  • Drafts clear and succinct briefings and reports on electoral matters and ensures the high quality of reports and briefings for senior managers. Establishes effective communication mechanisms, regularly briefs senior UN officials, partners, donors, counterparts as well as other key stakeholders on the electoral process and provides regular reports, including to the head of the UN/mission as well as senior officials in UN headquarters.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Demonstrates in-depth understanding of and ability to evaluate electoral processes; knowledge of all aspects of electoral processes and their technical and political implications. Strong analytical and evaluative skills combined with good judgement. Experience in bilateral and multilateral negotiations. Understanding of electoral operations in a UN or similar multilateral environment. Experience in post-conflict situations. Ability to develop the unit/division’s strategic direction and ability to transform it into a results-oriented workplan. Ability to place the significance of electoral processes in a political context. Excellent management skills. Ability to manage and coordinate multileveled projects. Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments and adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively in English and French; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement; Does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.

Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science international economics, international relations, law, public administration, or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in elections and related areas. At least five years of experience in supervising, implementing, supporting or advising on electoral processes is required. Electoral experience in a UN peace operation, political mission and/or a UN agency or other relevant international electoral actor is required.
  • Experience in developing countries is required, and experience in post-conflict situations is desirable.
  • Experience in drafting reports to governmental or intergovernmental bodies is desirable.
  • Previous experience of managing a team of different backgrounds at the senior level and the ability to manage and coordinate complex projects are desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English and French (both spoken and written) is required.

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