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Senior Analyst For The Ewer System Zambia Human Rights Commission

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The design and implementation of the EWS is part of the “Democracy Strengthening in Zambia (DSZ) project designed to address evolving challenges and builds on previous electoral interventions as Zambia enters its next electoral cycle and the run-up to general elections in 2021. The EWS is complementary to the existing conflict and election management systems in Zambia and is aimed at strengthening it by providing the tools for data collection and analysis leading to informed and coordinated response. The central idea behind the Early Warning and Early Response (EWER) Mechanism Initiative, is to (1) strengthen national capacity to collect and verify information around incidents and risks of electoral and political violence; to (2) store this information in a secure IT platform accessible to assigned partners; to (3) provide visually attractive analysis functions to inform response planning; and (4) to facilitate coordinated response to the risks and incidents of violence.

The proposed EWS system will be grounded in the existing structure of HRC across the country.

For purposes of strengthening response, the system will be hosted at provincial level where provincial response hubs will be formed under the auspices of the HRC. Apart from the HRC-led provincial response hubs, and national level, monitoring will be done by a number of HRC partner organizations


Client: Human Rights Commission (HRC)

Duty Station: Lusaka, Zambia

Duration: 3 to 4 Months

Expected Start Date: 1 June 2021


Services/Work Description: Senior Analyst (3 positions);

  • Legal Expert
  • Political Science Expert
  • Conflict Management Expert

The Analyst Team is a key constituent part of the EWER system as they conduct analysis of data, elaborate recommendations on response options, inform rapid response activities, and prepare strategic recommendations on managing the electoral cycle in the long term. In this context, HRC Zambia is looking for Senior Analysts with recognised skills and a deep understanding of the context of political struggle during the general elections and by-elections in Zambia.


The Analysts are meant to perform the following tasks and duties:

  • Attend training and support the roll-out of training to the province and district level where requested;
  • Review the prevention plans, adherence to legal frameworks, available response tools and resources, and other parameters as required to draw up Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Situation Room response planning focused on preventing political violence.
  • Support the development of supporting documents and materials;
  • Oversee the team of data processors and phone operators;
  • Analyse the urgency level of submitted incidents, prioritizing the verified reports;
  • Generate analysis of incidents supported by datasets providing daily reports and urgent flash reports closer to election day as well as regular Early Warning Reports, monthly Policy briefs and bi-annual strategic analysis reports;
  • Draw attention of the HRC, and Situation Room members to key events and incidents requiring urgent and coordinated response. Provide the necessary fact-checking/verification, risk assessment, analysis, scenarios and recommendations on the response options;
  • Dissemination of reports, if necessary, to other actors as instructed by the HRC, in coordination with the Communications/ SMM Team;
  • Attend the sessions in the Response room, taking note of the decision making and inserting the response(s) taken by the response actors in the app.ewer platform. When relevant, follow- up on the decision taken with required actors in the province and/ or district; and
  • After-action review (reports in the EWS system, materials collation, and drafting of the final Strategic analysis document).


Education: A minimum of Master’s degree in Political Science, Law or related subject. Those with qualifications/expertise in more than one area will have added advantage.

Required area of expertise:

  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant professional experience in the fields of Conflict analysis and conflict management expertise, including political, economic, social, tribal/ethnic and regionalism- related issues.
  • Expertise on political parties and players
  • Legal expertise on electoral cycle as well as expertise in the field of security
  • Experience in electoral assistance and knowledge of the Republican Constitution, the Electoral Process Act No. 35 of 2016; the Electoral Process (Code of Conduct) (Enforcement) Regulations, 2016 and Amendment Regulations of 2020, The Electoral Commission of Zambia Act No. 25 of 2016 will be an added advantage;
  • Gender expertise

Functional Skills:

  • Proven ability to conduct risk assessments, conflict/electoral violence analysis
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines and work with minimum supervision;
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks while under pressure;
  • Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environments;
  • Language requirements: Excellent command of written and spoken English.


The Senior Analyst will be deployed to support the workings of the Early Warning and Early Response System


The duration of the assignment would be to cover for the pre-operational period focusing on prevention planning, training and operation period of the Situation Room for a duration of the 3 months (or 4 months depending on whether a rerun will take place).


The successful expert shall receive his/her payments on a monthly basis

All applications should be addressed to the undersigned no later than Monday 17th May 2021.
Applicants should enclose Curriculum Vitae’s and photocopies of relevant certificates/documents. Original Certificates must be produced during interviews for the shortlisted candidates. Applicants are encouraged to bring their applications in person or send them by post. Telephone enquiries will not be entertained.

The Director, Human Rights Commission, Human Rights House (Ministry of Lands Premises) Independence Avenue, P.O. Box 33812, Lusaka.

The Human Rights Commission is a National Human Rights Institution established under Article 230 (i) of the Constitution of Zambia [as amendment] Act No. 2 of 2016 with a broad mandate of ensuring that the Bill of Rights is upheld and protected.


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