Miguel Orlando Mendes de Brito is the Head of Programme for Mozambique since 2019.
Mendes de Brito was the Mozambique Country Director for the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) from December 2006 to January 2019.
Prior to this, he was Senior Democracy and Governance Advisor/Programme Implementation Specialist with USAID in Mozambique for seven years. Before joining USAID, he worked for UNDP in Mozambique as a Program Officer for Human Development at Local Level (1999), and was a researcher on peace and conflict issues with UNRISD’s War-Torn Societies Project (1995-1998), and deputy director for research at the Mozambican Centre for Strategic and International Studies and a lecturer of Contemporary International Relations at ISRI (1992-1995).
Mendes de Brito has 20 years of experience in the field of political governance, including elections, political party development, legislative support, civic participation and democratic governance at the local level.
Mendes de Britoalso has extensive experience in election observation, having observed over 30 electoral processes in Africa and elsewhere over the past 16 years, in addition to providing technical assistance to more than 30 African Union and SADC observer missions, and to citizen observer groups in several African countries. Mendes de Brito has also trained more than 3,000 international and citizen observers in Africa.