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International Consultant Gender Equality Situation Analysis Consultant in South Sudan
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Juba, SOUTH SUDAN|
|Application Deadline :||08-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||50 days|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
The population of South Sudan is estimated as 11 million people that continue to reel from the cumulative effects of years of conflict, violence, destroyed livelihoods and infrastructures and inadequate basic services. By 2019 there were 1.47 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Sudan with 13% inside six UNMISS Protection of Civilians site. Of the population there were 74,947 South Sudanese refugee arrivals, with 5,015 new refugee arrivals in December 2019. Life expectancy for women is just 60 years and maternal mortality rate was estimated at 800 deaths per 100,000 births in 2019. Eighty-one percent of people in South Sudan do not have access to an improved sanitation facility whilst around 60 % have limited or no access to improved water services. Women’s literacy rate (above 15 years old) was 28.86% and less literate than men in 2018, which is among the lowest in Sub-Saharan Africa. Women and girls are seen as a resource to families in need of wealth that can be obtained through dowry and men who require a family to ensure their status as viable members of their communities. The view of women and girls as a resource means that their education is not given priority thus women are more likely to be illiterate and drop out of school.
Existing gender inequalities coupled with the humanitarian impact on the displaced women and girls contribute to increased burden of reproductive and unpaid care activities; greater food insecurity as women tend to hold the burden of managing water, food, and energy at the household level. Compounded with cultural norms and practices such as feeding the family especially the male members before themselves. Subtle social practices mean women and girls receive less of any available resources including humanitarian assistance in the form of food security. In addition, coping strategies such as early or forced marriage to increase personal security and livelihoods, for young women and girls within a crisis setting is common, vulnerability to sexual exploitation and GBV which is already prevalent increases especially as much needed basic resources become scarce; sex work is increasingly used as coping strategies despite the increase in risk to health and personal safety. (41% of respondents in a 2009 survey had experienced SGBV within the last year. 45% of South Sudanese girls get married before 18 years and 7% before the age of 15 years. Maternity mortality is one of the highest in the world.) There is always fear of forced recruitment preventing girls and boys from attending school. The lack of access to appropriate health care especially reproductive health, as well as a lack of redress and access to justice for survivors of violence, means potential lifelong impacts of the current humanitarian situation.
Understanding gender differences, inequalities, capacities as well as responding to different needs will contribute to improving the effectiveness of humanitarian actions and increase the level of accountability to affected populations. Provision of humanitarian support requires it to be gender inclusive and specific. The needs of women and girls should be pronounced and articulated better for responses from both a policy and a lifesaving approach. Therefore, a focus on the humanitarian / development nexus is essential at this time.
Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women's rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women provides strong and coherent leadership in support of national priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with government, civil society, and other relevant actors. UN Women, South Sudan Country Office leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action.
Duties and Responsibilities
To this end, UN Women in South Sudan will hire an international consultant to 1) undertake a gender analysis that will access the gender dimensions of returnees’ and IDP’s experiences in South Sudan 2) to develop a gender action plan, budget, and gender-sensitive indicators that will outline project interventions specifically on returnees and IDP’s that are gender responsive and improves the gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Scope of Work
The consultant is expected to analyze the different needs, vulnerabilities, and opportunities of returnees and IDP’s in selected POC’s, IDP camps, settlements, and host communities in 7 locations (after consultations with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and other key stakeholders). The gender analysis is expected to address the following issues:
Submission of a final report (in English) and a PPT presentation including the main findings and recommendations. The structure of the report should include, at least, the following sections:
Required Skills and Experience
Education and certification:
Education: Advanced degree (Master’s level) in gender/women’s studies, development studies, international relations, social sciences, law, economics, or a related area.
The application must include:
Please note, the system will only allow one attachment, and, hence please combine the multiples files while uploading the attachment.
Qualified women candidates are highly encouraged to apply.