Voters at the polling booth during the Tunisian Presidential elections. Photo: Bogen Sinderud/NORDEM

Who can be an election observer for NORCAP?

Published 07. Mar 2022
NORCAP is recruiting new election observers to join the pool of election observers through a competitive process.

We are looking for people with a profound knowledge of and interest for democratic processes, international affairs, and Human Rights. The candidates must have the right set of qualification, language competencies and personal skills. 

Here you can meet some of our election observers (in Norwegian).

We are currently assessing the needs for a new round of recruitment. When we open the pool up for recruitment we will make sure to make it public. 


  • Relevant higher education at minimum bachelor's level in social studies, history, law, journalism etc.
  • Good knowledge of and understanding of electoral processes and democratic issues, including international standards for elections and the international human rights conventions.
  • Good understanding of the OSCE's and the EU's mandate and work.
  • Minimum 3 years' work experience within analysis, reporting, project work etc. Voluntary work may be given weight. Election-related experience and/or international experience will count positively.
  • Very good analysis and reporting skills and ability to read and summarize large amounts of information.
  • Language skills in one or more of the following languages ​​in addition to English: French (minimum C1), Spanish (minimum B2), Portuguese (minimum B2) or Russian (minimum B2) will be given weight.
  • Norwegian citizenship and valid passport.

As an election observer, you must also:

  • Have the ability to act objectively and independently.
  • Be accurate, systematic and follow instructions.
  • Have intercultural understanding and very good collaboration skills. Personal suitability will be given weight.
  • Be flexible and willing to work under demanding conditions.
  • Be in good physical shape. A health certificate may be required.

What does it mean to be part of the NORDEM pool?

  • We select election observers from the pool to go on international election observation missions. Every year, we have around 60-80 observers present at 15-20 elections around the world 
  • We expect our observers to be available for at least one assignment a year, both for short-term and long-term missions. Our missions include hard ship areas
  • It is important that the employer of the observers is informed and has agreed to grant the candidate leave for shorter and longer missions 

Terms and conditions:

  • NORCAP offers salary when on mission according to NRCs Compensation & Benefit Package
  • NORCAP offers a disruption allowance and risk allowance when relevant
  • NORCAP covers insurance, accommodation and travel costs during assignments

As an election observer with NORCAP you will: 

  • Be part of an engaged and competent group of colleagues
  • Take part in seminars, trainings and discussions on democracy and elections
  • Play an important role in promoting and protecting democracy and human rights worldwide

For requieries, please do not hesitate to contact us.