After more than 21 years of protracted war in Southern Sudan, a massive transformation is taking place with hope for sustainable development and peace. Such a hope is premised on the success of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) concluded in January of 2005 between the Government of Sudan and the Sudanese Peoples’ Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), the peaceful referendum and the independence of South Sudan.
The legacy of decades of war has left a legacy of inter- and intra-community conflicts, mistrust, divisions, trauma and the need for a broader reconstruction and reconciliation in Southern Sudan.
UNDP has over 500 national and international members of personnel. Many national staff have survived the conflict within Sudan, others were displaced to neighboring countries and are struggling to reintegrate. On the other hand, international personnel are placed in non-family posts in South Sudan under hardship conditions, displacing them from their culture and normal support networks.
All personnel are struggling to cope with the chronic stress of working within a post-conflict environment in which few counseling, social support, and other support and recreational services are available. Of particular concern is the need to help staff deal with traumatic stress, chronic stress, communication and resolution of interpersonal conflicts, multi- and cross-cultural diversity, and alcohol and substance abuse education.
UNDP South Sudan recognizes that counseling services and recreational facilities and activities should be part of the staff wellbeing initiative. Resolving problems, exercise and dealing with personal and work issues is an important part of a staff member’s wellbeing. Therefore, we are seeking to recruit a fitness Instructor to assist in providing exercises as part of the wellbeing of staff in order to ensure work/life balance, which is another important referral service for staff members.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Staff Wellbeing Officer and in coordination with the UNMIS Fitness Instructor in Juba, Southern Sudan, the Fitness Instructor will deliver services in Juba Southern Sudan. Fitness Exercises include aerobics, weight training, cardiovascular programs, general physical welfare support for staff and recreational programs including sporting, social, and cultural events.
  • The Fitness Instructor will coach groups or individuals in exercise activities and the fundamentals of sports e.g. weight training, cardiovascular programs, aerobics;
  • Demonstrate techniques and methods of participation. Observes participants and inform them of corrective measures necessary to improve their skills and fitness;
  • The Fitness Instructor must be passionate about health, wellness and exercise and use his/her skills to help motivate others in reaching their fitness and weight goals;
  • She/he must be willing to work with people from many different backgrounds and abilities, from professional athletes to elderly people;
  • Help staff improve their health through exercise and nutrition;
  • Plays a significant role in the lives of staff who wish to lose weight, get and stay in shape and, in some instances, recover from injury.
  • She/he must perform physical assessments on new clients and decide on specific goals that the client should accomplish over the course of the training period. Some trainers may suggest ways that a client can adjust his diet to meet his weight or fitness goals;
  • Design and direct workout programs that are tailored to the client's needs and goals, teach and demonstrate the use of gym equipment, observe the client as he exercises and correct any improper techniques, maintain equipment, administer first-aid if necessary and, in some cases, advise the client in improving lifestyle and diet choices.


The Fitness Instructor should be self-motivated, energetic, organized and responsible. He/she should be a good communicator and attentive to their clients' needs, being willing and able to adjust workout programmes at the last minute. He/she should be apt at coordinating schedules and managing time wisely and effectively. Being able to utilize and implement new technology, equipment and techniques is also an essential aspect of the fitness Instructor and an added advantage.

Required Skills and Experience

A high school diploma, having a background in athletics and/or exercise plus training in First Aid including CPR. Or a bachelor's degree or advanced degree in a health-related field like exercise science, nutrition, kinesiology or sports medicine is valuable or should be well-educated in the areas of human anatomy and physiology