International Foundation for Electoral System - IFES

Ethiopia https://www.ifes.org

Why Work For Us?

Our employees represent a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures and we strive to create a dynamic work environment. We aim to provide a generous health insurance package for both domestic and international employees; training and development opportunities; a work-life balance program; and teambuilding events.
Our experienced staff provides technical assistance in rule of law, election administration, civil society, good governance, and applied research, among other topics. IFES values diversity and strives to employ a workforce from varying cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. Domestic employment opportunities include positions in finance; contracts and grants; communications; and program support.
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Employee Benefits

All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment/promotions and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic. IFES takes affirmative action with respect to the employment and promotion of women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. IFES will also take affirmative action on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.”
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The Company

IFES advances democracy for a better future. We collaborate with civil society, public institutions and the private sector to build resilient democracies that deliver for everyone. As the global leader in the promotion and protection of democracy, our technical assistance and applied research develops trusted electoral bodies capable of conducting credible elections; effective and accountable governing institutions; civic and political processes in which all people can safely and equally participate; and innovative ways in which technology and data can positively serve elections and democracy. Since 1987, IFES has worked in more than 145 countries, from developing to mature democracies. 
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Together we build democracies that deliver for all.

Democracy for a better future


  • We believe in the power of people.
  • We develop individual, institutional and collaborative capacities to strengthen democracy.
  • We pursue excellence and innovation.
  • We learn and adapt to best serve the people and principles we support.
  • We embody diversity, equality, and opportunity.
  • We build inclusive relationships based on trust and mutual respect.

Our Culture

We are here to advance democracy’s promise. Every day, we choose the path that furthers our mission and exemplifies our values. We apply thoughtful, rigorous solutions to complex problems. We take informed risks and view setbacks as opportunities for reflection and growth. Our people drive IFES and prize inclusion, trust, and accountability. We conduct our work with integrity.

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