The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance - The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization with a mission to advance democracy worldwide, as a universal human aspiration and an enabler of sustainable development, through support to the building, strengthening and safeguarding of democratic political institutions and processes at all levels.
We believe that democracy is a universal human aspiration and an experience that is pursued and lived in different ways around the world. Beyond the basic tenets of citizens’ choice and citizens’ political equality, the critical choices are best made and the quality of democracy is best gauged by those directly concerned: the citizens themselves. We systematically nurture an open and pluralistic understanding of democracy. This is respectful of the national context, and is in line with our non-prescriptive and non-intrusive approach, as well as with the priorities set by national actors.
International IDEA produces, shares and enables the use of comparative knowledge in its key areas of expertise: electoral processes, constitution building processes, political participation and representation, as well as on democracy as it relates to gender and inclusion, conflict sensitivity and sustainable development.
It has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, and offices in the Africa and West Asia, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe regions. International IDEA is a Permanent Observer to the United Nations.
Following the fall of the government of Omar el Bashir on the back of sustained mass protests for change after decades of authoritarian rule, a transitional government negotiated by the military and representatives of the protesting mass of citizens was established in the country in 2019. The primary goal of the transitional government is to oversee a three-year process of reforms that should culminate in a new constitution and the election of a new government. Within the ambit of the implementation of the Political Declaration and the Constitutional Agreement and the subsequent Declaration of Freedom and Change signed between the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), International IDEA is taking a frontline role in providing technical support to the government on the implementation of the transition programme and process.
The support International IDEA is providing to the Sudan transition is multifaceted and includes elements of constitution-building, electoral system reform, political party reforms, women’s political participation, youth empowerment, and parliamentary support.
With expertise in electoral assistance, the Senior Programme Officer will have extensive experience in working with election reform processes and the provision of unique knowledge resources and tools, providing technical and advisory assistance to stakeholders. S/he will function as part of a resident country team and take responsibility for overseeing the spectrum of work with various stakeholders in government, civil society, the academy/think tanks on the electoral system and process reforms during the transition in the Sudan.
International IDEA is an equal opportunity employer which seeks to further diversify its staff in terms of gender, culture and nationality.