Paul Anderson, Country Director, Tanzania
Paul Anderson serves as the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) country director for Tanzania. He is a senior electoral specialist with almost 40 years of experience working as an election management body, IFES and United Nations Development Programme manager and consultant in many countries, with a particular emphasis on Africa and post-conflict situations (Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, East Timor and Liberia). After a 23-year career as a manager with the Australian Electoral Commission, Anderson began working as a consultant and more recently as a country director, chief of party, deputy chief of party, and chief technical adviser. His work has embraced almost all areas of elections and electoral programs as well as more general governance programs, including civics and citizenship curriculum development and working with civil society organizations through capacity building and grant programs. Prior to his current role in Tanzania, Anderson was IFES’ chief of party in Liberia and deputy chief of party and senior voter education advisor in Kenya, where much of his work involved developing a voter education curriculum component for the Kenyan school system as part of a new civics curriculum. He has worked in 11 African countries in diverse areas such as election operations (procurement, logistics, procedures, documentation, training, election reviews and evaluation), technical and policy advice at the commission level, strategic and electoral planning, observer programs and accreditation, inclusion (women, youth and persons with disabilities), election results and media centers, voter registration, communications and public relations, and all aspects of civic and voter education.
Anderson served in the Australian Army Reserve for 23 years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel, and was awarded the Reserve Force Decoration for his service. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences.