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Application for the Election Analyst Training 2024 in European Union Election Observation Missions

Application for the Election Analyst Training 2024 in European Union Election Observation Missions

Brussels, 9 - 12 April 2024

Election Observation and Democracy Support (EODS III), a project funded by the European Commission, will organise a training for the position of Election Analyst in European Union Election Observation Missions (EU EOMs) from Tuesday 9 until Friday 12 April 2024. The training will take place at the EODS office (first floor, rue de la Loi 82, Brussels). It aims at providing participants with knowledge and tools to work as an Election Analyst in EU EOMs.

Training information
A maximum of 12 participants from EU Member States will be selected for the training.
The EODS project covers travel and living expenses for training participants. Interested individuals fulfilling the required criteria in Section II of this notification should directly apply online through the EU roster: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/eom/roster 

For a successful application, please fill in the online form and include a CV and a motivation letter. Only online applications with the requested information and documents will be considered.
Candidates may wish to inform their national Focal Points about their application for the training but still need to apply through the above link. The list of Focal Points can be found here
https://www.eods.eu/focal-points

The deadline for receiving applications is 12 March (Brussels time).

Candidates will be informed of their selection/non-selection by email.

Application Requirements
1) General requirements for all training participants

  1. Be a national of an EU Member State.
  2. Be registered in the EU Observation Mission Roster. It is mandatory to all applicants for EODS trainings to make sure that their CV in the roster is up to date before applying.
  3. Fulfil the minimum requirements to become an EU election observer as defined in the EU Guidelines on Common Criteria for the Selection of Electoral Observers. The Guidelines can be found here: https://eeas.europa.eu/archives/docs/eueom/documents/elections-obs-selectioncriteria_en.pdf

2) Specific requirements for candidates to the EODS training for Election Analyst in EU EOMs

  1. University degree preferably in political science, law, international relations, or related field with a strong election-based component.
  2. Language requirements:
    1. Fluency in English Excellent written and spoken proficiency (level C).
    2. Fluency in French/Spanish/Portuguese: Excellent written and spoken proficiency (level C) in one of the three languages is an asset.

Additional experience that would be an asset:

  1. Relevant professional experiences in European Union election observation missions (other than Election Analyst), preferably as Long-Term Observer;
  2. Relevant professional experience in Election Observation Missions with other organisations;
  3. Relevant professional experience in electoral technical assistance and/or analysis;
  4. Relevant professional experience in election mission formats other than EOMs (e.g. Election Assessment Teams, Election Expert Missions, Exploratory Missions, Follow-Up Missions, etc.);
  5. Relevant professional experience with other International Organisations;
  6. Relevant professional experience as a researcher with universities or other entities.

Criteria for selection
For the selection of the training participants, the Selection Committee will consider the extent to which applicants fulfil the requirements listed in section II (Application Requirements), namely: the  educational background in the requested fields; previous professional experience; language skills; performance in previous assignments; and in addition willingness and readiness to join EU Election Observation Missions (with a duration of 2-3 months) at short notice.
The Selection Committee will endeavour to establish a balanced representation of gender and nationalities among participants.

If a selected training participant confirms attendance and then cancels participation for reasons other than force majeure, all costs incurred by EODS meanwhile will be invoiced to the participant.

Performance and Evaluation
Participants should be completely available for the duration of the training, and able to devote their full attention to all training activities. Performance at the training will be evaluated. Participants will be assessed at the end of the training according to their skills and knowledge acquired, as necessary for the participation in an EU EOM. EODS evaluates according to criteria which include:

  • Understanding of the course content and modules,
  • Comprehension of election processes and EU EOM role,
  • Comprehension of the role of an Election Analyst in the context of EU EOMs
  • Understanding of team dynamics,
  • Analysis, report writing and editing skills,
  • Communication skills, and
  • Language skills.

The EODS evaluation of the participants mirrors the Guidelines for EU EOM Observers Evaluation. The Guidelines can be downloaded here: ec.europa.eu/dpo-register/download?metaId=1452837

Therefore, trainees’ performance will be assessed according to three scores:

  • Recommended: Very good performance. The participant demonstrates to fulfil all the criteria set above in a satisfactory manner and is ready to participate in EU EOMs in the position for which the training has been conducted.
  • Recommended with qualifications: Good performance, but with some skills needing further strengthening. Considering the identified areas for enhancement, the participant is ready to participate in EU EOMs in the position for which the training has been conducted.
  • Not Recommended: Unacceptable behaviour or misconduct during the training.

Evaluations will be posted on the trainee’s Roster CV after the training, to assist the Focal Points and the European Commission in the selection process for EU Election Observation Missions. EODS will inform participants when their evaluations are posted.
Once the evaluation is posted on the Roster, training participants have five calendar days to officially appeal their evaluation by email to the EODS Team Leader. Upon reception of the appeal, the EODS Team Leader has five working days to send her final decision to the observer, with a copy to the European Commission FPI. The appellant can then appeal that decision within 10 calendar days to the European Commission FPI. Upon receipt of the observer's complaint, the FPI has 6 weeks to reply.
If the evaluated training participant refuses to accept the final decision of the EC/FPI on his/her evaluation, the evaluation will be uploaded to the roster with a comment ‘observer did not accept the

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