Research Consultant – Military Involvement in the Nigerian Elections


Strengthening the Accountability of the Nigerian Defence Sector (SANDS) project:


The SANDS project, implemented by Transparency International Defence and Security and the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) aims to reduce corruption risks and strengthen accountability in the Nigerian defence sector. It holds two broad objectives: to increase political and military commitments to defence accountability through increased public debate; and to build capacity of the defence institutions and related state bodies to effectively develop, contribute to, and monitor anti-corruption reforms processes in the sector.


The SANDs project has undertaken several research pieces and reports. The latest – titled


‘Camouflaged Cash: How ‘Security Votes Fuel Corruption in Nigeria’ was published in May 2018. Our research aims to include practical recommendations that influence policy makers and provide civil society with well-evidenced data to engage in public debate.




Like the 2015 elections, the 2019 polls will determine the economic and political shape of Africa’s largest economy. In early 2019, Nigerians will elect their next president, 29 governors out of 36 states and all federal and state legislators. The pre-election period comes within the context of a deteriorating security situation across the country. Despite advances against the Boko Haram insurgency, herdsmen and farmers conflict continues to claim numerous casualties, Niger Delta criminality still affects Nigerian oil output and general insecurity creates a sense of insecurity and state failure.


Nigerian security agencies will be a crucial actor in ensuring that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is able to organise elections with the critical minimum of credibility. In 2014, INEC identified thirteen sets of security issues during the election cycle, including: attacks on security personnel on election duties; intimidation of voters; snatching of election materials; and kidnapping and assassination of political opponents among others.


Numerous defence and security actors have a long history of involvement in Nigerian electoral processes. Since the return to civilian rule in 1999, security agencies have retained considerable political and operational influence over the electoral processes at the federal and state level.


On the one hand, security services are essential to support electoral policing functions. On the other, there is a long tradition of political meddling of security actors and the interference of security providers in the upcoming elections is a real possibility. The 2019 elections may be decisively influenced by the intensity and kind of involvement that the security agencies choose to have.


Working research title


“Involvement of the Nigerian Security Services in the 2019 electoral process: guardian or threat to democracy?”


Objective of research:


To examine the role of the Nigerian security sector in the 2019 electoral process, with a focus on the Nigerian Army, Navy and Airforce.


Anticipated Scope of Research:


  • Constitutional and legal constrains to election security in Nigeria – the role of security actors;


  • Typology of the involvement of the security sector in past Nigerian elections;


  • Anticipated scenarios of involvement of the security sector in the pre-election, election and post-election period in 2019 elections;
  • Management of security agencies in the electoral process – risks and opportunities;
  • Accountability of security agencies and law enforcers in the electoral process;
  • Case studies with previous stories and examples of both positive and negative military conduct before, during and after elections.


Expected deliverables:


The research publish date is end November 2018, pending consultant availability.


  • A report examining the role of the Nigerian security sector in the 2019 electoral process, including background research and findings, case studies supporting the findings and a short summary with recommendations for engaged stakeholders.
  • Powerpoint presentation with research methodology, high level findings and recommendations.
  • Presentation of findings to stakeholders in Nigeria.


Researcher profile


  • Proven expertise in conducting research in Nigeria on security and electoral issues;


  • Excellent analytical and drafting skills with proven samples of past assignments within similar scope;


  • Deep understanding of the Nigerian political and security architecture and good orientation in the legal, political and security aspects of the electoral process in Nigeria;


  • Experience of collecting primary and secondary data and processing quantitative and qualitative data sets;
  • Native-level fluency in English;


  • Willingness to conduct field work in Nigeria.


To apply



Applicants should email and with the following (preferably in pdf format):


  • A brief expression of interest outlining why you are interested and what makes you a good fit for the role


  • Your day rate / estimated quote for the work


  • CV (2 pages) with details of relevant experience


Please include your name and the role you are applying for in the subject line.


Please note that due to the very high volume of applications we receive, we greatly regret that we may be unable to send personalised acknowledgements or give feedback on applications. If you do not hear from us by the 5 October 2018 you should assume that that you have not been shortlisted. Only applications with both of the requested components will be considered.


Start Date: ASAP


Duration:  8-12 weeks


Closing date for applications: 28 September 2018.

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