The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance - International IDEA is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. International IDEA’s mission is to support sustainable democratic change by providing comparative knowledge, and assisting in democratic reform, and influencing policies and politics.
International IDEA acts as a catalyst for democracy building; by providing knowledge resources, policy proposals and supporting democratic reforms in response to specific national requests. It works together with policy makers, governments, UN organizations and agencies and regional organizations engaged in the field of democracy building.
International IDEA develops, shares and enables the use of comparative knowledge in its key areas of expertise: electoral processes,constitution building,political participation and representation, democracy and development and democracy assessments.
It also addresses the important issues of gender, diversity, and conflict and security as they relate to democracy.
International IDEA is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and works worldwide through offices in New York, Brussels, The Hague, Latin America, Africa and Asia.
The Republic of South Sudan became the world’s newest State on 9 July 2011 when it gained independence from the Republic of Sudan after a protracted conflict and subsequent peace process, culminating in an independence referendum in January 2011. However, its short history has been mired in violent conflict which has displaced around four million people both internally and externally1 and killed hundreds of thousands – with civilians, women and children taking the heavy brunt of the conflict.
International IDEA will increase its level of support to Constitution Building Processes in Africa, with a focus on South Sudan. Given that federalism is central to ongoing debates and recently almost derailed efforts to incorporate the peace agreement in the constitution – threatening the entire peace process, and that differences over federalism will continue to pose significant challenges particularly in the expected final constitutional making process at the end of the pre-transition period, agreement on an acceptable federal arrangement is a precondition for the success of the peace process and reduction of the chances of relapse to conflict. The aim of this project is therefore to contribute to the resolution of the conflict by supporting progress toward such an agreement among essential stakeholders through increasing knowledge, facilitating dialogue, and supporting outreach.
Projects such as these require a team with substantive knowledge and competencies to operate in complex, high-risk environments to assist in the development of new projects and support their ongoing implementation. The Programme Officer will support the project by drafting papers presenting and explaining comparative options, and knowledgeably discuss these papers to assist the South Sudanese counterparts in developing position papers. The Programme Officer will also act as a focal point to support the operational aspects of the project.
The projects are designed, managed and implemented through collaboration between International IDEA’s regional office in Africa and West Asia (AWA), based in Addis Ababa, and International IDEA’s Constitution Building Team, located in The Hague.
Position contingent upon confirmation of funding
International IDEA is an equal opportunity employer which seeks to further diversify its staff in terms of gender, culture and nationality.