Open research project on domestic election observation in the EU


The European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) seeks an international expert or expert team to conduct research and publish a comparative study on EU-wide as well as national regulations concerning domestic election observation across the European Union. The focus of this research will be to analyze existing legislation and legislative gaps on both the EU-level and national level of several EU-member states pertaining to domestic election observation; recommendations for legal or procedural reforms issued by international institutions (Venice Commission, OSCE ODIHR) and civil society organizations (both international or national CSOs).

The task of the expert(s) includes

  • to conduct research on existing legislation, reform recommendations, and other relevant materials concerning the regulation of domestic election observation (EU- and national-level; EU-member states to be analyzed must include Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden + other countries can be added upon consultation with the EPDE);
  • to draft a comprehensive and comparative study of maximum 10 pages (A4 typed) in English;
  • to present the study during a conference with international stakeholders;
  • to coordinate and consult with the EPDE secretariat and its project partners representing the above listed countries.


  • proven expertise in political affairs in Europe with a focus on elections;
  • good knowledge of European citizen election observation networks and their methodologies;
  • experience in international and/or domestic election monitoring;
  • fluent English, good command of other EU-member state languages. 

Existing EPDE publication formats, including previous comparative studies, are available on EPDE’s website.

First draft of this research is to be completed by 21 February 2022, expected workload of 5-10 working days. This is a remote work-from-home position. The conditions for this position shall be regulated by a service contract.

Please state your remuneration expectations in your application to this position. Applications, consisting of a CV, a short motivation letter, and links to previous publications, can be sent to job@european-exchange.org. Please use the email subject line “Application Domestic Observation Expert”. This job opening is active until 07 January 2022.

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