Elections Experts

Africa’s Voices is a growing organisation seeking talented professionals. In particular, we are always on the look out for social scientists with excellent data science skills.

Job Number: 007/2021

Position Title: Elections Expert

Position Type: Part Time Consultancy engagement (a maximum of 9 weeks)

Location: Somalia

Duration: 12 months (first phase)

Daily Rate: USD 200 including Withholding Tax)

Application Deadline: Monday 16th August 2021 at 5 pm EAT


  1. Must indicate the job title on the email subject e.g. ‘Elections Expert in Somalia.
  2. Must be based in Somalia.
  3. Must have experience in understanding best practices  on elections with a strong bias in Somalia elections (FGS & FMS).
  4. Must include a list of referees, their email address and telephone number.
  5. Must be available immediately.

AVF Background

Africa’s Voices Foundation (AVF) is a non-profit organisation, capitalizing on interactive media and digital communications to curate and spark engaging discussions that convene citizens’ voices as evidence and elevate them to the level of decision-making. We equip development, humanitarian and governance organizations with unique capabilities to listen intelligently to the citizens they serve. We have an established presence in East Africa and beyond with a vibrant growing core team in Nairobi. Our clients include Somalia Stability Fund (SSF),  UNICEF, the European Union, and MasterCard Foundation. 

Job Summary

Africa’s Voices Foundation (AVF), in partnership with Lark Systems and the team behind Katikati, seeks an exceptional service design specialist, highly experienced in client-focused service design in the B2B technology space, well-grounded in the Ghanaian communications and SME context, and with a passion for delivering transformative change for Africa’s Youth, to co-lead a 12 month project in Ghana slated to be the first phase of a larger continental vision for putting youth voice at the centre of Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa works.

Job Summary

AVF is looking to implement a project on elections in Somalia aiming to advance nationwide participatory discussion and pro peace messaging through TV, radio and Forums to prevent and mitigate potential violence. AVF is recruiting an ELECTIONS EXPERT to support and work closely with our Somalia based partner (MediaInk) to provide  input into discussions inform of  expert knowledge on  elections via radio and TV discussions.  The Consultant will work closely with the AVF programme team to carry out the following duties:

  • Guide on elections messaging in Somalia including reviewing of proposed topics and angle of focus
  • Work with the team to provide best approaches to enhance peaceful dialogue
  • Respond to Radio Guests’ questions on key drivers and triggers of violence
  • Explain the role of community in reducing violence and what active and peaceful citizen participation mean for Somalia
  • Encourage participants to engage via SMS
  • Promote right practices; the dos and don’ts during elections
  • Other duties as requested by the project team

Key competencies

  • In depth knowledge on elections and citizen participation
  • Good understanding of violence triggers and mitigation strategies
  • Good command of English language (Written and spoken)
  • Good knowledge of of media in Somalia and ability to respond or hold conversations with journalists and citizens
  • Efficient in communication (Written and Spoken) with ability to use social media platforms for communication

Selection Criteria: 

  • Minimum 10 years working on elections with vast knowledge of the subject in Somalia
  • Experience working with Non-governmental organizations with a focus on elections
  • Highly responsive and available to meet the demands of the work
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, organization and planning skills.
  • Consultants will have their own laptops and mobile phones for communication and report writing. 
  • Use of WhatsApp and other technology for sharing and receiving documents.

To Apply

  1. Please send your CV with referees to careers@africasvoices.org. Please include “the title of the job applied ”  in your email subject  as explained above
  2. It is mandatory 
    1. Applicants are based in Somalia
    2. That you include a list of referees (including their telephone number and email address) whom you have worked with in similar projects. 
  3. Not adhering to any  mandatory requirements regarding this application will lead to automatic disqualification. 

Send your filled-out application form and CV with referees to careers@africasvoices.org, by 5 pm EAT on Monday 16th August 2021.