Project Director for EU Election Observation Missions Framework

Posted 4 months ago


Alinea is a global international development consultancy. We provide technical and management expertise that helps people improve their lives. We work with governments, investors, companies and communities to deliver lasting change. Over the past 34 years, we have managed more than 515 projects in 88 countries.

Alinea is currently recruiting a Project Director for a 2 year EU tender we are pursuing.  

Summary of Project:

Election observation is a fundamental component of an election process. It is a crucial transparency check that promotes accountability and can therefore deter fraud and irregularities. This in turn can reduce violence and encourage participation. Election observation also provides wider information on a country’s human rights situation and promotes immediate and long-term democratic development.

The overall objectives are to:

  • Strengthen democratisation, good governance and conflict prevention;
  • Contribute to reducing the possibility of fraud, manipulation, intimidation, etc. which could undermine the electoral process;
  • Improve the legal framework and conduct of future elections, as well as public confidence in the institutions;
  • Inform the European institutions on the conduct of elections in selected third countries.

The purpose of this project is to:

  • Ensure a cost-efficient implementation of EU Electoral Observation Missions (EOMs);
  • Ensure the availability of a limited number of selected service providers capable of implementing EU EOMs in often complex environments while ensuring the highest administrative, logistical and security standards; and
  • Encourage further enhancement in the implementation of EU EOMs.

The Position: Project Director

The Project Director will have an overall responsibility for the performance of the contract. In particular, he/she shall ensure the provision of high-quality services throughout the assignment. The Project Director will also be responsible for the day-to-day management of the contract and act as the central point of contact for each individual assignment.

The Project Director will be responsible for:

  • Day-to-day management of the framework contract and each individual assignment;
  • Monitoring of the services rendered and of the performance of the experts implementing the individual assignments;
  • Ensuring that quality control of the Specific Contract outputs is carried out, either by the Project Director him/herself or through an identified consortium member and its staff;
  • Providing information to the European Commission about the implementation of the Framework Contract or any specific contract.

Qualifications and Expertise:

  • University degree in management, business administration, public administration, finance, economics, or international relations;
  • At least 10 years of proven post-graduate professional experience in the management, implementation and administration of international large-scale operations in a multi-cultural environment preferably in a similar position;
  • At least 5 years of experience in management (contractual, financial, operational) of projects/programmes funded by international organisations and/or donors;
  • Experience working on EU funded projects;
  • Fluency in English; knowledge of French, Spanish or Portuguese would be an asset;
  • Financial and budget management skills;
  • Team management experience, preferably of teams in the field;
  • General understanding of the EU policies and institutional set-up;
  • Experience in a senior management position would be an asset;
  • Work experience in one or several regions where EU election missions take place

How to Submit:

Interested applicants are invited to submit a copy of their most current CV to Please include the job title in your subject line.

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