Careers

As the global leader in democracy promotion, IFES advances good governance and democratic rights by providing technical assistance to election officials; empowering the underrepresented to participate in the political process; and applying field-based research to improve the electoral cycle.

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All About IFES

Our team is made up of the best and the brightest across rule of law, election administration, civil society, good governance and applied research, among other topics.

What is it like to work for IFES?

Our experienced staff provides technical assistance in rule of law, election administration, civil society, good governance and applied research, among other topics. The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (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.

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.

Culture Statement

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. We are IFES.

HQ Employment

Our experienced staff provides technical assistance in rule of law, election administration, civil society, good governance and applied research, among other topics. Domestic employment opportunities include positions in finance; contracts and grants; communications; and program support.
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Field Employment

Our experienced staff currently works across the globe in nearly 50 countries, managing and implementing our programs on the ground and serving as the primary in-country representatives.
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Consulting

IFES recruits highly-skilled technical consultants to support our programs worldwide. These opportunities include short and long-term assignments. Applicants should submit a resume/CV through our Consultant Talent Database, used to support IFES’ need for rapid deployment.

Internships & Fellowships

IFES recognizes our future leaders in democracy and governance are currently in training. IFES works with a large network of universities to provide year-round paid and unpaid internships. All internship opportunities are listed on our careers page.
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IFES is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer

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.”

If you need assistance and/or an accommodation in applying, please send your request to our Recruiting Team (careers@ifes.org).

IFES will never request that any applicant, in any country, at any time, pay any money to IFES, or any other person or entity, to be considered for hire.  If there are ever concerns in this regard, please contact the Human Resources team at career@ifes.org.

Applications for employment, consultancies and internships are only accepted through online submission via our careers page. Fax, e-mail, mail or in-person resume/CV submission will not be reviewed or considered.