Profession election observer

Election observers are skilled and trained spectators of  the elections in a functioning democracy in order to enhance the transparency and credibility of the observed elections.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Politics

    The method, process and study of influencing people, gaining control over a community or society, and the distribution of power within a community and between societies.

  • Social justice

    The development and principles of human rights and social justice and the way they should be applied on a case by case basis.

  • Political parties

    The ideas and principles that political parties stand for and the politicians representing them.

Skills

  • Identify electoral violations

    Determine electoral violations such as fraud, manipulation of voting results and the use of violence.

  • Show impartiality

    Perform duties for disputing parties or clients based on objective criteria and methods, disregarding prejudice or bias, to make or facilitate objective decisions and outcomes.

  • Promote human rights

    Promote and respect human rights and diversity in light of the physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs of autonomous individuals, taking into account their opinions, beliefs and values, and the international and national codes of ethics, as well as the ethical implications of healthcare provision, ensuring their right to privacy and honouring for the confidentiality of healthcare information.

  • Keep updated on the political landscape

    Read, search, and analyse the political situation of a region as a source of information applicable for different purposes such as information, decision-making, and management, and investments.

  • Adapt to changing situations

    Change approach to situations based on unexpected and sudden changes in people's needs and mood or in trends; shift strategies, improvise and naturally adapt to those circumstances.

  • Demonstrate commitment to democracy

    Show dedication to a system of government in which the people have the power directly or indirectly through elected representatives.

  • Use communication techniques

    Apply techniques of communication which allow interlocutors to better understand each other and communicate accurately in the transmission of messages.

  • Report on voting process

    Speak with election officials about the voting process. Report on the progression of the election day, on the problems at voting locations and the types of problems that were present.

  • Handle stressful situations

    Deal with and manage highly stressful situations in the workplace by following adequate procedures, communicating in a quiet and effective manner, and remaining level-headed when taking decisions.

  • Observe confidentiality

    Observe the set of rules establishing the nondisclosure of information except to another authorised person.

Optional knowledge and skills

write work-related reports work in an international environment think analytically speak different languages promote human rights implementation international human rights law show intercultural awareness tolerate stress establish collaborative relations election law