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Department of Political Affairs

United Nations Electoral Roster

Electoral roll

The United Nations Electoral Roster is administered and maintained by the Electoral Assistance Division in accordance with General Assembly resolution A/46/137. The Roster includes individuals who can provide specialized technical assistance on relatively short notice to governments and national election administrative bodies. Such individuals may be recruited to participate in electoral missions ranging in duration from one week to several months, depending on the assistance requested.

Fields of expertise

To be registered on the United Nations Electoral Roster, a candidate must have several years of experience in a variety of technical electoral fields and preferably in more than one country. Experience as an election observer does not automatically qualify individuals for inclusion on the roster.

Electoral assistance activities focus primarily on electoral administration and planning and include such fields as: electoral systems, operational planning, electoral law, election organization and budgeting, boundary delimitation, voter registration, civic and voter education, computer technology applications, candidate/party relations, media assistance, logistics, procurement of election materials, training of election officials, polling and counting procedures, election security and fraud, electoral dispute resolution and the coordination of international observer.

How to apply

Electoral positions in field missions are published on the United Nations Careers Portal within the job network "Political, Peace and Security" under the job family "Electoral Affairs".

United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

The Electoral Assistance Division also works closely with UNV in selecting personnel for volunteer posts in electoral field missions. Persons registered with UNV are eligible for a variety of volunteer positions in electoral field projects and operations.