Opening Date: August 30, 2021
Closing Date: September 2, 2021
Post Specialization: Operations
Post Title: Advisor on Delimitation
Post Summary: Conduct of an assessment to inform electoral constituency redistricting for the 2023 General Elections
Post Supervisor: Deputy Executive Director for Operations
Contract Duration: 30 Days
Start Date: Immediately
Institution: National Elections Commission (NEC)
The National Elections Commission (NEC) has a vacancy in its Operations Department for the position of an Advisor on Delimitation. Successful applicant will be assigned at the Commission’s Headquarters in Monrovia with frequent travel to Bomi, Bong, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Bassa, Nimba, and Rivercess Counties.
Scope of Work
Under the supervision of the Deputy Executive Director of Operations, the Advisor on Delimitation shall perform the following duties:
- Assess the boundary delimitation capacities of the National Elections Commission; specifically, the delimitation system;
- Assess the National Geographic Mapping methodology and data protocols of LISGIS;
- Field visits to Bomi, Bong, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount, Nimba, and Rivercess Counties to assess the National Geographic Mapping Field methodology, data gathering and analyze samples of the datasets in a Geographic Information System;
- Assess the capacities of LISGIS to deliver boundary delimitation accurate data prerequisites in the appropriate formats;
- Assess the boundary and legal consistency status of administrative units;
- Assess opportunities for collaborations with relevant stakeholders;
- Assess sensitization needs of legislators and other relevant stakeholders for boundary delimitation; assessment of general prevailing perceptions of boundary delimitation based on contextual challenges.
Deliverables and Timelines
A list of outcomes/deliverables shall include but not limited to the following:
- Inception report on the proposed assessment methodology, work plan and proposed structure of the report. The inception report must include a design matrix with clear methods for addressing each objective (1st Week);
- Special report on LISGIS National Geographic Mapping Field Visits and General Requirements (2nd Week). The special report must include the following:
- Recommendations for the methodology, databases, geodatabases, and datasets for LISGIS;
- Strategy for the collaboration with LISGIS for the integration of census population datasets into the Delimitation System;
- Development of data dictionary to ensure compatibility with LISGIS datasets and formats.
- Draft Report (3rd Week)- The draft report must include the following:
- An operational plan for the boundary delimitation success;
- A detailed design and work plan for Stage One: Data gathering, preparation for administrative units and boundaries, infrastructure, populated places/localities, road network and accessibility, hydrology, etc.;
- Determination of design specifications and requirements for the Delimitation System comprising relational database management systems and geographic information system geodatabases for the National Elections Commission;
- A detailed design and work plan for the configuration of the voting registration centers/voting precincts system;
- Risk analysis from context, development, and management;
- Strategy for the engagement with stakeholders for the mitigation of administrative boundary conflicts;
- Determination of training needs for the National Elections Commission;
- Sensitization strategy for relevant stakeholders including the National Legislature, Political Parties, CSOs, General Public, etc.
- Final Assessment Report (4th Week)
- Proven expertise at the International level in boundary delimitation for a minimum of 10 years;
- At least 10 years of experience in conducting complex assessments;
- Extensive understanding of the social, political, and technical complexities associated with delimitation, post-conflict countries, and nascent democracies with a history of weak democratic governance;
- Demonstrated strategic and technical expertise in harmonizing and mitigating administrative boundary challenges;
- Proven expertise in the design and development of a Delimitation System in an integrated environment with relational databases and Geographic Information System geodatabases;
- Advanced knowledge of geographic information systems and working in ArcGIS software;
- Experience in elections-based and census population-based information management;
- Familiarity with National Statistical System and Spatial Data Infrastructure with contextual challenges;
- Familiarity with geographical subdivisions of Liberia will be an asset;
- Fluency in written and spoken English is required;
- Advanced University Degree (Master’s or Higher) in Geology, Geographic Information System, or relevant field;
- A first degree in a relevant field with 5 additional years of professional experience will be accepted in lieu of an Advanced university degree.
*Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.