The week of 15-19 April, NORDEM held meetings with partners, secondees and prospective partner organizations in New York. Fruitful discussions were held with the United Nations Development Program, Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Department of Political Affairs, UN Women, Justice Rapid Response, the Social Science Research Council and the Norwegian delegation to the United Nations. NORDEM also attended the re-opening ceremony of the UN Security Council Chamber on 16th April, hosted by His Excellency Mr. Espen Barth Eide, Minister of Foreign Affairs in Norway and attended by H.E. Secretary-General of the United Nations Mr. Ban Ki-moon. The ceremony was followed by a High-Level Panel Discussion on “The UN Security Council Chamber – The most important room in the world?” The panel debate was moderated by Richard Roth, CNN senior UN correspondent and panelists were Espen Barth Eide (Norway), Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State India, Bruno Stagno Ugarte, Executive Director Security Council Report (Costa Rica), Fatou Besouda, Chief Prosecutor International Criminal Court (Gambia) and Alaa Murabit, Founder and Chairwoman of The Voice of Libyan Women (Canada/Libya).
NORDEM contributes with two long term observers and two short term observers to the EU Election Observation Mission to the Pakistan General Elections on 11 May 2013.
NORDEM is sending two short term observers to the EU's observation of the general elections in Paraguay held on 21 April 2013. One of the observers, Fatima Valdez Haugstveit, was interviewed by Norway's permanent delegation to the EU before her departure.
NORDEM sent two long term observers and four short term observers to the OSCE election observation mission to Armenia in January/February.
NORDEM sent observers to both the EU and the Carter Center for the general elections in Kenya on 4 March.
NORDEM is now seeking the following categories of personnel to the roster:
The parliamentary election on 23 January was technically well organized but serious gaps in the election law call for further legal reform, stated the EU in its preliminary statement.
NORDEM signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Development Project (UNDP) in November 2012.
Berit Bachen Dahle, former police investigator and sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) expert, has been deployed as a gender expert to the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria.
NORDEM is seeking a Cooordination Officer to the Stabilisation Support Unit of MONUSCO in Bunia in DR Congo. See the terms of reference below for further details. Qualified and interested candidates are asked to contact Lisa Kirkengen, k.l.kirkengen at nchr.uio.no (replace "at" with @), as soon as possible.
The Norwegian mission to the EU in Brussels recently interviewed staff at NORDEM and one of the Norwegian election observers who has participated in the EU's election observation missions.
The Norwegian Centre for Human Rights and the MFA recently signed a new agreement that aims at strengthening NORDEM. The agreement covers the period 2012-2014 and ensures 24 million NOK to the operation of NORDEM. The number of staff will be increased from five to seven and the competence within democratisation and institution building will be enhanced.
NORDEM has sent one long term observer to the EU's observation of the Constituent Assembly elections in Tunisia on 23 October. Two Norwegian short term observers will join the EU mission shortly before the election day.
NORDEM's one week Basic Course in Democratisation and Human Rights Monitoring was successfully concluded on 9 September. 21 participants completed the course.
22 participants from delegations from Iraq, Puntland, Somaliland and Turkmenistan visited Norway in relation to the local elections in September 2011.
Applicants are sought for the position of Head of the Office in Yerevan. The OSCE Office in Yerevan comprises of 47 budgeted positions (Unified Budget 2011) and the Head of Mission, as Fund Manager of the OSCE, is responsible for the planning, implementation and reporting activities of the respective Fund budget and the management of the corresponding human, financial and material resources. The Head of Mission is required to possess extensive managerial experience.
Applicants are sought for the post of Deputy Chief, CLJAS (P-5) with the Criminal Law and Judicial Advisory Service in the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Duty station will be New York. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 22 July 2011.
NORDEM has sent one long term and four short term observers to the Presidential Elections in Kazakhstan on 3 April. The observers are part of the OSCE's election observation mission.
NORDEM has sent two short term observers to the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in Uganda on 18 February. The observers are part of the EU's election observation mission, which also includes a long term observer seconded by NORDEM.
Applicants are sought to fill a temporary vacancy as Judicial Officer at the P-4 level in the Criminal Law and Judicial Advisory Service (CLJAS), Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions, Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), for an initial period of six months. Applicants are asked to send a CV/P11 to Ms. Kaoru Okuizumi at firstname.lastname@example.org, with a copy to email@example.com, no later than Friday, 25 February 2011 COB. Please indicate Ref. No. TVA/2011/GTA/CLJAS/P-4/JO in the subject heading of your e-mail.
NORDEM has sent a short term observer to the Parliamentary Elections in Chad on 6 February. The observer is part of the EU's election observation mission.
NORDEM conducted a course in election observation for 7 members of the Norwegian parliament and 9 advisors in the Parliament's International Secretariat and the Secretariat of the Nordic Council on 3 February. The members of parliament will observe elections on behalf of the parliament of the OSCE and the European Council.