The Election Observation Program works globally to support democratic elections and strengthen participatory democracy, consistent with human rights. The overarching objective is to enhance democratic governance and increase effective political participation for all, especially groups that have been historically disadvantaged or that face political, cultural, or socioeconomic barriers. This includes women, racial and ethnic minorities, indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, youth, elderly people, and other marginalized groups.
In 2022, representatives of the agency took part as international observers in the elections and referenda in the following countries: Slovenia, Serbia and Kenya, as well as in the USA during the voting in the Congress elections (November 8, 2022). The employees of West support, participating in the monitoring of election processes, were trained as international observers and received an OSCE/ODIHR certificate.
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Mandatory criteria to apply for an election observation mission as a short-term or long-term observer:
proficiency in the language of the mission (for the EU: French, English, Spanish depending on the country observed)
at least a Master's degree in a relevant discipline (political science, international relations, international law, human rights, journalism, etc.)
good physical condition
possession of a valid passport
neutrality and independence from the host country
ability to work in a multicultural environment, interpersonal skills
To apply for a long-term observer position, you must have completed several missions as a short-term observer.
significant field experience in conflict or post-conflict areas desired for most missions under the aegis of the EU
experience in the electoral field
demonstrated ability to work in difficult conditions (degraded security environment, basic comfort, health risk, etc.)
prior professional experience in the geographical area concerned
knowledge of the languages spoken in the country where the mission is deployed: it should be noted that language skills may be tested during pre-selection and selection.
The fact of registering on this database does not in any way imply that one is a candidate for a specific mission; it is only a mandatory prerequisite for any application form for an electoral observation mission. Once this process has been completed, it is not necessary to renew it, but to update its data regularly.
The pre-selection is made from the files received following the calls for applications.
WEST SUPPORT proceeds in a collegial manner to the pre-selection of candidates for each mission based on the criteria requested by the organization in charge of observation. The shortlist of relevant candidates that is established respects, as far as possible, the principles of parity, generational balance, professional diversity, and makes room for the rotation and renewal of observers.
Due to the large number of applications, only those shortlisted will be contacted.
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