Field Support Coordinator, Electoral Div

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marcdickinson

Field Support Coordinator, Electoral Division, MONUSC

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Currently working in the Electoral Division, MONUSCO, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Biography

CURRICULUM VITAE

Family name : Dickinson
First names : Marc
Date of birth : 23/03/1972
Nationality : British / French

Education :

Institution :
University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), UK

Date: from (month/year) to (month/year) :
09/1995 to 09/1996

Degree(s) or Diploma(s) obtained :
Masters: General Diplomatic Practice and International Studies

Institution :
University of Kent, UK

Date: from (month/year) to (month/year) :
09/1992 to 06/1995

Degree(s) or Diploma(s) obtained :
Bachelors: International Relations and Politics

Language skills : (mark 1 to 5 for competence, 1 for excellent)

Language Reading Speaking Writing
English 1 1 1
French 1 1 1
Spanish 5 5 5

Other skills (eg : Computer Literacy, etc.)
MS Office, Word, Excel, Power Point, Internet.

Present position
UN Civil Servant

Years within the firm
NA

Key qualifications :

Extensive international experience with governmental organisations such as the EU, UN and OSCE in conflict, post conflict and developing countries especially on the African continent and the Balkans. Key member of electoral start-up teams; managed expatriate and local staff; site administration and field support; interface with local and international authorities and maintained strong ethical standards. Initiated and implemented wide range of EU, UN and OSCE programs specifically relating to electoral observation/technical assistance.

Specific experience in developing countries:

Country
Date: from (month/year) to (month/year)
Kosovo 02/1999 to 03/2003
Guinea Conakry 07/2003 to 02/2004
Nigeria 04/2003 to 05/2003 and 05/2005 to 06/2005 and 02-03/2011
Haiti 07/2005 and 11/2005 to 02/2006
Egypt 08/2005
DRC 08/2006 to 08/2007 and 09/2008 to 06/2010 and 11/2011 to present
Togo 05/2005 and 01/2008

Professional Experience Record :

Date: from (month/year)
to (month/year) 11/2011 to present
Location : Democratic Republic of Congo
Company : United Nations, Electoral Division
Position : Field Support Unit Coordinator
Description : Coordinate and bring operational and administrative support to the Electoral Sections (E.S.) (15 sites composed of 68 staff) based in the DRC under the supervision of the Chief of Operation of the Electoral Division (E.D.) of MONUSCO. Manage and improve the internal structure of the Field Support Unit (F.S.U.) of the ED. Manage and coordinate the personnel of the Electoral Sections and the FSU. Assist the Chief of Operations in the design of the structures and tools necessary for the proper conduct and monitoring of operations. Draft weekly and special reports based on information forwarded by the ES and the FSU. Set up an efficient monitoring system of information and communication flow between the ED HQ and the field units in order to ensure a timely delivery of reports and information. Be the interface between the ES, the various units of the ED HQ and a number of cells of the Independent Electoral Commission. Ensure the implementation of the various field activities laid out in the operational plan. Inform the Chief of Operation of any obstacle or problem in the undertaking of field activities and operations and bring forth solutions. Assist in the design and drafting of annual and periodic work plans of the ED. Ensure and monitor the implementation of ED HQ directives and instructions by the ES throughout DRC.

Date: from (month/year)
to (month/year) 02/2011-03/2011
Location : Nigeria
Company : European Union / UNDP
Position : Electoral Consultant - operations
Description : Support the EU UNDP Electoral Joint Task Force on operational guidance and implementation strategies for the management of UNDP/EC electoral assistance projects ;
Support the identification of approaches and modalities to achieve management targets and increased cost-effectiveness of EC-UNDP projects;
Advise relevant UNDP and EC services in the drafting process of project identification fiches, financial proposals, contribution agreements and UNDP project documents;
Support the reinforcement of complementarities and the search for synergies between electoral observation and electoral assistance activities in the context of the EC UNDP Partnership on Electoral Assistance;
Support the establishment of links and initiate the drafting of MOUs relating to electoral assistance activities between country offices, EC delegations, governments, other donors and EMBs, whilst taking into consideration the lessons-learned in UNDP Country Offices and EC delegations;
Troubleshoot and ensure contractual compliance with EC contribution agreements in the field of electoral assistance;
Support the liaison with UNDP BDP, Regional Centers, UNDP Country Offices and relevant EC HQ services and delegations for the monitoring and the evaluation of EC-UNDP electoral assistance projects in view of providing support and cross-fertilization of best practices.
Collaborate with the UNDP Procurement Support Office on procurement, the drafting process of the technical specifications of the electoral items and equipment and in market studies for surveying new technologies to be integrated in future electoral assistance projects;
Develop terms of references for commonly required services and joint formulation missions (budgeting, risks assessments and planning).
Support the preparation of joint formulation missions
Liaise with the UNDP GPECS Regional Electoral Advisors
Support the work undertaken by the Joint Task Force in various regional contexts;
Contribute to the knowledge production and dissemination activities undertaken by the JTF;
Support the JTF with related tasks upon request.

Date: from (month/year)
to (month/year) 09/2008 to June 2010
Location : Democratic Republic of Congo
Company : United Nations, Electoral Division
Position : Field Support Unit Coordinator
Description : Coordinate and bring operational and administrative support to the Electoral Sections (E.S.) (15 sites composed of 117 staff) based in the DRC under the supervision of the Chief of Operation of the Electoral Division (E.D.) of MONUC. Set up and manage the internal structure of the Field Support Unit (F.S.U.) of the ED. Manage and coordinate the personnel of the Electoral Sections and the FSU. Assist the Chief of Operations in the design of the structures and tools necessary for the proper conduct and monitoring of operations. Draft weekly and special reports based on information forwarded by the ES and the FSU. Set up an efficient monitoring system of information and communication flow between the ED HQ and the field units in order to ensure a timely delivery of reports and information. Be the interface between the ES, the various units of the ED HQ and a number of cells of the Independent Electoral Commission. Ensure the implementation of the various field activities laid out in the operational plan. Inform the Chief of Operation of any obstacle or problem in the undertaking of field activities and operations and bring forth solutions. Assist in the design and drafting of annual and periodic work plans of the ED. Ensure and monitor the implementation of ED HQ directives and instructions by the ES throughout DRC.

Date: from (month/year)
to (month/year) 01/2008
Location : Togo
Company : UN EAD
Position : EAD Representative for UNDP evaluation mission of PEACE project
Description : UNDP Togo Electoral Technical Assistance Project Evaluation Mission: Analyse and evaluate the performance of UNDP Togo Projet d’Enregistrement et Appui au Cycle Electoral (PEACE) Project by conducting various meetings with stakeholders, and donors. Identify strengths and weaknesses of project and submit options to ameliorate international technical assistance process. Draft report outlining findings and possible areas of future assistance to the electoral body by the international community.

Date: from (month/year)
to (month/year) 08/2006 to 08/2007
Location : DRC Congo
Company : United Nations
Position : Electoral Officer/Electoral Coordinator
Description : Mission de l’Organisation des Nations Unies au Congo (MONUC) (Kikwit sub Office, Congo DRC): Provide technical assistance to local electoral authorities in conceptualising and implementing the electoral process. Coordinate all electoral Civic Education and Logistical activities within southern Bandundu province AoR comprising 7 Electoral Commission offices. Produce daily and weekly electoral reports for the southern province. Assist the Electoral Commission in troubleshooting and problem solving. Manage UN team comprising 8 international staff and 3 national staff.

Date: from (month/year)
to (month/year) 11/2005 to 02/2006
Location : Haiti
Company : European Union
Position : Observer Coordinator:
Description : European Union Observer Mission in Haiti: Responsible for co-ordinating the activities of the observers and providing the link between the field and HQ. Receive, analyse and summarise LTO reports for the CO and notify the core team member of specific issues within their area of responsibility as identified by the Observers. Prepare field and statistical report of information collected by the observation mission.

Date: from (month/year)
to (month/year) 08/2005
Location : Egypt
Company : European Union
Position : Elections Operations Expert
Description : European Union Exploratory Mission to Egypt: Advise on the number of Core Team Experts, long-term observers (LTO) and short-term observers (STO) necessary to establish an EOM, as well as on the duration of such EOM. Advise on logistics/security implication of possible technical assistance election projects to be implemented by the EC to improve the election framework in Egypt. Make necessary preliminary logistics/ inquiries and planning and provide advice on how to organise the logistic/security component of the EOM. Draft a tentative budget indicating the expected EOM cost. Assess the Logistics situation of the country in particular, in connection with the possible deployment of an EU EOM. Contribute to the ExM report containing in particular as regards logistic and security issues and the feasibility of deployment of an EU EOM.

Date: from (month/year)
to (month/year) 07/2005
Location : Haiti
Company : European Union
Position : Elections Operations Expert
Description : European Union, European Union Exploratory Mission to Haiti: Advise on the number of Core Team Experts, long-term observers (LTO) and short-term observers (STO) necessary to establish an EOM, as well as on the duration of such EOM. Advise on logistics/security implication of possible technical assistance election projects to be implemented by the EC to improve the election framework in Haiti. Make necessary preliminary logistics/ inquiries and planning and provide advice on how to organise the logistic/security component of the EOM. Draft a tentative budget indicating the expected EOM cost. Assess the Logistics situation of the country in particular, in connection with the possible deployment of an EU EOM. Contribute to the ExM report containing in particular as regards logistic and security issues and the feasibility of deployment of an EU EOM.

Date: from (month/year)
to (month/year) 04/2005 to 06/2005
Location : Nigeria/Togo/Ghana
Company : European Union
Position : Electoral Observation Operations Expert
Description : European Union, Electoral Technical Assistance to ECOWAS (Togo/Ghana/Nigeria): Assist and train ECOWAS Secretariat over the operational aspects of Observations Missions and more specifically over: implementation and co-ordination of observer’s deployment; administrative, logistics and security arrangements of an Election Observation Missions, recruiting and contracting issues, insurance policy, airport arrangements, office space, accommodation (including briefing, debriefing, press conference arrangements), transportation (air and road), IT equipment and furniture, communication, preparation of observer kits and medical kits, observers petty cash; provision of various services to the mission such as the administrative aspects for a development of a mission web site, provision of translation services, rental of equipment, sub-contracting of vehicles, medical evacuation arrangement, provision of mobile police escorts etc.; assist ECOWAS with the implementation of Programme Estimate I of the Technical Cooperation Facility (TCF) (9 ACP ROC 07), particularly with regard to the component concerning the ECOWAS Electoral Observation Mission to Togo.

Date: from (month/year)
to (month/year) 12/2004 to 03/2005
Location : France
Company : International Organisation for Migrations
Position : Electoral Country Chief of Training
Description : I.O.M, Out of Country Voting Mission for Iraqi Diaspora residing in France: Coordinate the conduct of the Training Department in the area of responsibility (AoR); receive procedures and training manuals from the OCV HQ and organize trainings of Field Office (FO) Training Officers within the AoR; provide logistic assistance to scheduling and organizing training sessions for the Registration/Polling staff; supervise the work of the Country Office and FO Training staff; assist the Country Office with the recruitment of the registration and polling staff;

Date: from (month/year)
to (month/year) 02/2004 to 11/2004
Location : France
Company : ACTED
Position : Hub Manager
Description : Manager for Office Services and logistics follow up for the Headquarters; Manage HQ/field procurement and logistics (consolidation of HQ and field offices inventories); Supervise Hub intern in charge of overall travel details; Assist Managing Director and Director of Operations in filing / translation / interpretation / drafting of correspondence.

Date: from (month/year)
to (month/year) 07/2003 to 02/2004
Location : Guinea Conakry
Company : International Rescue Committee
Position : Field Coordinator / Head of Office
Description : Serve as the IRC representative in-charge of the Nzerekore Field Office (3 expatriates and 95 national staff) and liaise with local governmental and non-governmental agencies; Supervise implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the office's support units and program projects in construction, education, health, Gender Violence and Unaccompanied Minors; Develop new project concept papers/proposals in coordination with Program Coordinators and Deputy Director; Monitor, develop new budgets and budget modifications in coordination with Program Coordinators; Liaise closely with the Logistics, Administration, Finance departments in HQ to ensure adequate support and smooth implementation of field activities; Develop national staff skills through on-the-job training and delegation.

Date: from (month/year)
to (month/year) 04/2003 to 04/2003
Location : Nigeria
Company : European Union
Position : Short Term Observer
Description : European Union Election Observation Mission in Nigeria (Kano/Katsina, Nigeria): Observe the level of preparation of the electoral administration, the voting and counting processes at polling station level, the aggregation of results; Liaise with other international or domestic observers follow up on any complaints received from political parties or the election administration.

Date: from (month/year)
to (month/year) 03/2002 to 03/2003
Location : Kosovo
Company : European Union
Position : Departmental Administrative Officer
Description : Kosovo Trust Agency: In charge of ensuring the optimal functional organisation and efficient flow of the administration within the Kosovo Trust Agency Department; Managing the Administrative section which provides administrative support to approximately 110 staff members; Responsible for the management and supervision of the department's translation unit, administrative assistants (13 staff), departmental fleet of vehicles / departmental transport and logistical needs; Providing leadership design and maintenance of administrative systems and procedures aimed at ensuring efficient operation of the department and timely support to its staff and management; Manage the department's current and projected office space needs and buildings; Conducting cooperation, coordination and liaison with EU Pillar Administration, the Administration of the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government of Kosovo and the UN Administration.

Date: from (month/year)
to (month/year) 11/2000 to 03/2002
Location : Kosovo
Company : Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
Position : Electoral Senior Field Coordinator Operations
Description : Set up and manage field structures for Electoral process; Oversee the proper implementation of all elections-related procedural/support/security activities at the provincial level by the Field Co-ordinators (3), Senior Election Officers (5), and Regional Election Officers (5) in order for the Polling Supervisors to successfully carry out the electoral process in Kosovo; Planning activities included : identification of minority registration centres and new polling stations; liaising with security components prior and during the electoral process; Co-ordinate, liaise, and co-operate with other election departments in implementing their field duties.

Date: from (month/year)
to (month/year) 08/1999 to 11/2000
Location : Kosovo
Company : United Nations and OSCE
Position : Electoral Senior Field Coordinator Supervision
Description : Set up and manage field structures for Civil Registration and Electoral process through out Kosovo; Oversee the proper implementation of all elections-related support activities at the provincial level by the Field Co-ordinator (1), Senior Core Supervisors (5), Deputy Senior Core Supervisors (5) and Core Supervisors (28); Support activities included : identification of civil and voter registration centres/polling station; identification of local staff members manning the registration centres/polling stations; liaising with security components; distribution of registration and electoral equipment; Co-ordinate, liaise, and co-operate with other election departments in implementing their field duties and requirements.

Date: from (month/year)
to (month/year) 02/1999 to 04/1999
Location : Kosovo
Company : OSCE
Position : Cease Fire Monitor / Deputy Chief of Operations
Description : Kosovo Verification Mission: Drafting of situation reports analyzing the local political situation; Prepare the daily/weekly operations and liaise with support units; Liaise with local political representatives and develop democratic principles and local capacity building.

Date: from (month/year)
to (month/year) 07/1998 to 02/1999
Location : Belgium
Company : NATO Parliament
Position : Research Assistant
Description : Research and reports for the Science and Technology Committee and Mediterranean Special Group on Global Conventional Arms Transfers and Greater Middle East Security Issues; Preparation of an educational module for the Euro-Atlantic Foundation.

Date: from (month/year)
to (month/year) 05/1997 to 07/1998
Location : France
Company : Western European Union Assembly
Position : Research Assistant
Description : Research and report drafting for the Deputy Clerk and Committee Secretary for Technology and Aerospace; Creation and maintenance of chronologies and databases on: IGC (Amsterdam), CFSP, NATO (Madrid Summit), European Arms Cooperation, and Russia's Defence Industry.