Background & Description

The Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability (TDEA) is a Pakistan-based Trust that has been working since 2008 to strengthen all forms of democratic accountabilities in the country. TDEA has been awarded a USD 45 Million Contract by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to implement the Citizens’ Voice Project. Up to 500 grants to community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, professional and business associations, research institutes, think-tanks and public institutions; have been stipulated under the three components of the project i.e. 1) Strengthened Voice 2) Enhanced Capacity and 3) Increased Public-Private partnerships.

JOB PURPOSE

The Senior Program Officer (SPO, Advocacy) will work in close coordination with the Senior Manager, Media and Advocacy. The SPO’s primary responsibilities will be to liaise with legislators, political parties, ECP, NADRA, civil society and other important stakeholders in order to create a buy-in for TDEA-FAFEN’s electoral and parliamentary reforms’ agenda.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Advocacy Initiatives, External Communication

Initiate advocacy related matters, and organize advocacy events to keep the spirit of election observation alive;
Share election observation findings with relevant stakeholders, including ECP, media and international community;
Organize advocacy meetings, consultative sessions and other policy events on electoral and legislative issues (as and when required);
Develop content for mainstream media, social media and election observation reports. 

Reporting

Assist in developing tools, modules and curriculum for the training of facilitators, observers and advocacy;
Draft field reports, assessment reports, meeting notes and minutes of the meeting (as and when required);
Highlight issues of urgent nature faced by election observers in the field;
Draft letters for ECP, NADRA and other stakeholders seeking corrective actions.
Any other task assigned by the management

Requirements and Skills
  • At least four (4) years of progressive experience in Advocacy related initiatives within Development Sector; familiarity with USAID project management rules and regulations will be an added advantage;
  • Experience in dealing with election stakeholders, including Political Parties, Election Commission of Pakistan, NADRA, Civil Society organizations and the Legislative Assemblies; Well-versed with Microsoft Office, preferably with Excel spreadsheets;
  • Excellent communication skills, demonstrated teamwork abilities and impeccable integrity;
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Urdu languages;
  • Expertise in developing databases of potential stakeholders;
  • Ability and availability to travel nationally, as and when required.
Education

Master’s Degree in any of the Social Science disciplines; preferably Development Studies, Political Science, or Sociology

How to Apply

Online Application

 

About Organization

The Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability (TDEA) was established in October 2008. It was a spin-off of the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). After having conducted the largest domestic observation of general elections -2008 in Pakistan and influencing the subsequent process of electoral reforms, member organizations that formed FAFEN decided to formalize the network by acquiring legal status as a prerequisite to sustainability of the landmark work. Following exhaustive discussions that spanned more than a year, FAFEN member organizations decided to transform the network into a legal entity. The establishment of TDEA and subsequent process of institutionalization was a step towards sustainability of work initiated in the area of election observation, voter education and electoral reforms advocacy. Subsequently, TDEA was registered under Trust Act 1882.

TDEA developed a defined governance structure keeping in view the statutory requirements and dynamism of the network that drew its strength from participatory decision-making, inclusiveness and collective action. While Trust can take any measures to achieve its objectives, The Trust Deed empowers TDEA to execute its programs through FAFEN in advancement of its objectives and to ensure a maximum outreach to its beneficiaries — general pubic of all ages, gender, race, ethnicity, creed and religions in Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. TDEA is governed under its Compendium of Policies and Procedures, which define governance and processes for the day-to-day management of its functions. As a forward-looking organization, the Trust organizes itself to maximize efficiency, output, internal accountability and transparency.