The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance - The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization with a mission to advance democracy worldwide, as a universal human aspiration and an enabler of sustainable development, through support to the building, strengthening and safeguarding of democratic political institutions and processes at all levels.
We believe that democracy is a universal human aspiration and an experience that is pursued and lived in different ways around the world. Beyond the basic tenets of citizens’ choice and citizens’ political equality, the critical choices are best made and the quality of democracy is best gauged by those directly concerned: the citizens themselves. We systematically nurture an open and pluralistic understanding of democracy. This is respectful of the national context, and is in line with our non-prescriptive and non-intrusive approach, as well as with the priorities set by national actors.
International IDEA produces, shares and enables the use of comparative knowledge in its key areas of expertise: electoral processes, constitution building processes, political participation and representation, as well as on democracy as it relates to gender and inclusion, conflict sensitivity and sustainable development.
It has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, and offices in the Africa and West Asia, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe regions. International IDEA is a Permanent Observer to the United Nations.
Funded by the European Union, the STEP Democracy Programme is a long-term programme designed to support Myanmar’s democratic transition. Beginning in 2018, STEP will continue its support to electoral processes, political participation and representation and robust legal frameworks under its second phase (STEP II) extending until 2021. This will be done through extensive partnerships with national institutions including the Union Election Commission (UEC), political parties, civil society and the media. The programme is implemented by International IDEA through a partnership of seven national and international partners. STEP Democracy has a strong commitment to an open and flexible approach to democratic reform which is mindful of the rich history and cultural diversity of Myanmar and which does not seek to impose solutions. International IDEA plays a key role in supporting programme efforts to promote gender equality and women’s participation in all aspects of the electoral process and wider democratic reforms and as such strives to mainstream gender across all programming, implementation, and M&E. In addition, the programme incorporates targeted actions that aim at addressing gender inequalities and work to minimize exclusion. It is within this framework that the Programme Officer - Gender Focal Point will support the programme through the undertaking of the duties and responsibilities outlined below.
International IDEA is an equal opportunity employer which seeks to further diversify its staff in terms of gender, culture and nationality.