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DEVELOPMENT OF THE CURRICULUM FOR COMMUNITY WOMEN ON MEDIATION AND ON PEACE AGREEMENTS / HUMAN RIGHTS MONITORING IN THEIR COMMUNITIES IN SOUTH SUDAN
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home Based with visit to Juba, SOUTH SUDAN|
|Application Deadline :||24-Jan-19 (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 :||1 month|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||1 month|
The global agenda on protection and empowerment of women in conflict situations predated the UNSC resolution 1325 on Women and Peace and Security, adopted in 2000. However, the UNSC adoption of resolution 1325 linking gender equality to the maintenance of International Peace and Security was the first to deliberately link women to peace and security. The resolution acknowledges the fact that armed conflict impacted women and girls differently from the ways it impacted men and boys. Equally, it recognises the roles and contributions of women both in war time and peace-making as well as fundamental rights of women to be included in peace processes.
While UNSCR 1325 stresses the importance of women’s equal and full participation as active agents in peace and security processes, there are seven further UNSC resolution and three additional General Assembly resolutions that reinforce, renew, and complement the commitments made in UNSCR 1325.
UN Women South Sudan based on the aforementioned, therefore has the institutional responsibility of emphasising in-line with the UNSC resolution 1325, and other resolutions to further put into focus the centrality of women in mediation, monitoring of peace agreements and human rights issues in post conflict South Sudan. This is particularly important given that previous peace agreements in South Sudan did not include women’s participation, and have often focused on power-sharing arrangements for the protagonists of the conflicts. For instance, the 2015 Peace Agreement included provisions to respond to the specific needs of women with the inclusion of 25% affirmative action in executive positions, the establishment of institutions for women’s economic recovery and on transitional justice, especially on conflict related sexual violence; however, the Peace Agreement was not implemented, and certainly not the gender provisions in the Agreement.
A new Revitalized Peace Agreement was recently signed in September 2018, the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R – ARCSS) with women’s active participation, and gains in achieving 35% affirmative action in all positions as indicated in the ‘Principles Agreement’, and opportunities for engendering key reforms, i.e. constitution making, electoral reforms, security sector reforms, states’ creation, reparations, oil wealth management, etc., and providing new and important opportunities for a post conflict South Sudan that has women and girls as critical part of its sustainability.
This presents an opportunity to more effectively support women’s engagement in post conflict resolution and management, and in monitoring the implementation of the peace process at all levels. While the formal processes of the negotiations and designing of the peace agreement have happened in Addis Ababa and Khartoum where the majority of women of South Sudan could not participate, supporting their engagement in the monitoring of the implementation of the peace agreement in their communities, playing active roles as conflict mediators, including in identifying key drivers of conflict, supporting rapid responses in the homes and communities and facilitating community dialogues on gendered aspects of conflict, will ensure a more management and resolution for the post conflict South Sudan settings. With this approach millions of people will be able to participate in a sustainable way of ensuring the peace agreement principles are adhered with, and take focus away from power sharing among few individuals as a way of resolving conflicts, to people centred governance and stability.
As women and children, and in particular girls, continue to be the most affected by conflict, it is important to work with them at the community level as a way to bridge aspirational global goal of UNSCR 1325, to incorporate the lived experiences of women and put community- based women at the heart of the implementation of the peace agreement.
With support from the Government of Canada, UN Women South Sudan seeks to engage an international consultant to develop a simplified Curriculum for the training and establishment of Community Women Mediators in South Sudan. The Curriculum will be used to train identified women leaders, including young women in communities and who will then go on to be supported to establish networks of ‘women mediators’ to take responsibility for tracking the implementation of the peace agreement in their communities, to engage with relevant individuals, structures and institutions on peace building, to undertake human rights monitoring, including on sexual- related violence in their communities, to facilitate community dialogues on gender roles and women’s contributions. This will not only ensure women’s continued participation in the peace processes, but will be one of the strategies used in identifying women potential leaders in the governance of their communities, in fulfillment of the 35% affirmative action. This will also strengthen the overall Peace Agreement and Human Rights monitoring in communities, enhancing and strengthening mediation and monitoring capacity within South Sudan.
The main objective of this assignment is to develop a mediation and human rights monitoring curriculum aligned to the R – ARCSS for the training of women in their communities, in line with United Nations Guidance on Gender and Inclusive Mediation Strategies and the UNSC resolutions 1325. Specific objectives of the assignment are as follows:
UNSC Resolutions 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009), 1889 (2009), 1960 (2010), 2106, 2122 (2013), and 2242 (2015)
United Nations action on sexual exploitation and abuse (2018) (A/RES/72/312);
Women, disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control (2016) (A/RES/71/56);
Strengthening the role of mediation in the peaceful settlement of disputes, conflict prevention and resolution (2016) (A/RES/70/304)
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work and Specific Tasks:
Mode of Engagement and Payment of Consultant Fees
The consultant will work closely with the Programme Specialist of UN Women South Sudan and will be ultimately responsible to the UN Women Country Representative in South Sudan.
The payment of the consultancy will be made into two installments through bank transferring with the following milestones.
Duration of Assignment and Duty Station
Duration of Assignment: The tentative contractual period is for 1 month.
Duty Station: Homebased with travelling to South Sudan to conduct the review/validation workshops.
The expert/consultant will report to the UN Women, South Sudan.
Competencies & Values
Required Skills and Experience
The Curriculum is to be prepared in English language.
The applicant will be evaluated based on technical capacities (70%) and financial proposal (30%). Technical evaluation will be based on the following criteria stated below.
Criteria and points
A two-stage procedure is utilized in evaluating the submissions, with evaluation of the technical components being completed prior to any price proposals being opened and compared. The price proposal will be opened only for submissions that passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the evaluation of the technical component.
The technical component is evaluated on the basis of its responsiveness to the Term of Reference (TOR).
Technically qualified consultants may be selected for an interview before financial evaluation.
Maximum 100 points will be given to the lowest offer and the other financial proposals will receive the points inversely proportional to their financial offers. i.e. Sf = 100 x Fm / F, in which Sf is the financial score, Fm is the lowest price and F the price of the submission under consideration.
The weight of technical points is 70% and financial points is 30%.
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on Cumulative analysis; the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Application Procedure and Deadline
Interested applicants must submit the following document/information (in PDF format) to demonstrate their qualifications.
Financial proposal (with your signature)
Complete applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org . Only applications with all items mentioned above will be considered.
Deadline for Application: 23rd of January 2019
NOTE: Documents required before contract signing:
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.