National Programme Officer

National Programme Officer

The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) is a non-profit organisation headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa with a Regional Office in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and national offices in a dozen African countries. EISA also has numerous offices across the continent and works at sub-regional and regional levels. The Institute aims for excellence in the promotion of credible elections, citizen participation and the strengthening of political institutions for sustainable democracy in Africa.

The organisation’s programmatic approach is focused on two broad areas of work, namely elections and good governance. The Elections programme at EISA focuses on supporting regional, sub-regional and national stakeholders to foster inclusive, peaceful, and credible elections. In this regard, EISA provides support to inter-governmental bodies, civil society and electoral commissions through election assessment and electoral assistance initiatives. EISA’s governance programmes work towards strengthening governance institutions in their mandate to promote open, inclusive and democratic societies.

Location: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

EISA offers a competitive remuneration system based on qualifications and experience.

Key Tasks and Responsibililties:

Based in Abidjan and inder the supervision of the Head of Department EPP, the programme officer will assume the following responsibilities:

  • Assist the EPP Head of Department in the implementation and management of the Department programmes.
  • Conceptualize, coordinate, monitor and evaluate projects in the areas of elections and political processes.
  • Prepare and oversee activities budget in liaison with the finances as instructed by the EPP Head.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationship with CSOs and partners in the fields of elections and democracy.
  • Provide technical assistance to EISA’s partners in the fields of elections and democracy.
  • Contribute to departmental reports.
  • Contribute to research and publication activities on elections and other relevant topics related to EISA’s work.
  • Design and prepare training materials and supports.
  • Contribute to organizing and facilitating workshops.
  • Represent EISA at conference, workshops and events as requested.
  • Contribute to strategic and operational department meetings.
  • Attend any other matters of the department as directed by the EPP Head, the Programme Director or the Executive Director.


  • At least a master’s degree in political sciences, Law, Public Administration, Development or gender Studies or a related discipline.
  • Ability to communicate and write in French and English.

Professional Experience

  • At least 5 years’ experience in the field of democracy, elections, governance, human rights and civic participation.
  • Experience in facilitating and organizing workshops.
  • Experience in research and publication.

Competencies and Skills

  • Emotional Intelligence.
  • Ability to focus on numerous tasks simultaneously.
  • Strategic thinking.
  • Analytical thinking.
  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Time management skills.
  • Report writing skills.
  • Good team management skills.
  • Sound financial skills.
  • Good writing skills.
  • Decision making and problem solving.
  • Conflict management skills.
  • Computer literacy.


  • Knowledge of key international instruments and standards related to elections and democracy.
  • Knowledge of electoral processes, and legal and political frameworks.
  • Knowledge of democratic principles and governance.
  • Knowledge of AU and RECs (ECCAS, SADC, ECOWAS, EAC) electoral work.


  • Patience
  • Integrity
  • Confidentiality
  • Adaptability
  • Diplomatic Engagement
  • Ethical
  • Resilience

Personal Specifications

  • Dynamic team player.
  • Observant.
  • Adaptable to different working environments and conditions
  • Ability to make quick decisions
  • Able to relate to people
  • Willingness to travel regularly

Applications with relevant CV, two professional references and specifying the position being applied for in the subject line should be sent to by not later than the 8 of July 2024. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

EISA is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply. EISA reserves the right not to appoint.

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