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International Consultant: Transitional Phase, Senior Gender Adviser, Office of the IGAD
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Juba, SOUTH SUDAN|
|Application Deadline :||29-May-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|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 Year|
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.
South Sudan has been in conflict since December 2013, shortly after independence in July 2011, after years of liberation struggle from Sudan. To resolve the current crisis, the parties to
the conflict signed a peace agreement in August 2015, ‘Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan’ (ARCISS). A transitional government, the Transitional Government of South Sudan (TGoNU) was constituted by the parties to the conflict at the signing of the Peace Agreement. The implementation of the Peace Agreement however has faced implementation challenges, including the lack of political will to implement permanent ceasefire, new and emerging armed groups and splinter within the main armed opposition group, the SPLM/A – in Opposition (io).
The Intergovernmental Authority and Development (IGAD) and its Member States (Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda) have been leading the Mediation Process for South Sudan since the crisis that engulfed the country in 2013. In June 2017, IGAD Member States appointed a new Special Envoy for South Sudan to lead the mediation process, H.E. Ambassador Dr. Ismail Wais, and assisted by a team of technical and political experts. The Special Envoy has been facilitating in the revitalization of the ‘Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan’ through the High-Level Revitalization Forum of all parties to the conflict in Addis Ababa which started in December 2017 and continuing till early part of 2018, focusing on three main things – (i) to restore a permanent ceasefire; (ii) to fully implement the ARCSS; (iii) to revise the ARCSS implementation schedule in order to hold elections at the conclusion of the Agreement’s timetable.
UN Women has been supporting women’s engagement in the implementation of the Peace
Agreement in South Sudan since the outbreak of the current conflict, including women’s mobilization to develop a 7 Point Agenda to influence the Peace Agreement, supported women’s participation and engagement in negotiating the Peace Agreement and in engaging the current revitalization of the Peace Agreement, on developing gender sensitive reforms on security, constitution, elections etc., to ensure the inclusion of gender sensitive provisions and implementation. UN Women with support of its partners, has also supported the government to develop a national plan of action on UNSR 1325.
To strengthen gender analysis within, and women’s engagement with institutions that are tasked with negotiating, monitoring and implementing the provisions of the Peace Agreement, UN Women with support of Sweden, supports a senior Gender Adviser within RJMEC and in partnership with the Office of the Special Envoy of South Sudan and government of Canada, is seeking to place a senior Gender Adviser in the Office of the IGAD Special Envoy on South Sudan. This is to ensure that the office of the Special Envoy has all the gender analysis and tools to facilitate its work as the chief mediator of the Peace Agreement, and also ensure continued mobilization of women groups and networks across South Sudan, and in the diaspora, to engage with the transitional phase of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS), and ensuring that all provisions are implemented, taking account of gender issues and women’s empowerment.
Duties and Responsibilities
Technical assistance and strategic partnerships:
Policy dialogue and analysis:
A work plan prepared, indicating proposed activities and expected results, indicators, outcomes, timeframe or proportion of time to be devoted to each. The work plan will be reviewed every three months and adjusted as necessary in consultation with the Office of the IGAD Special Envoy on South Sudan and the UN Women Country Representative.
Required Skills and Experience
Education and Certification:
UN WOMEN applies fair and transparent selection process that would take into account the competencies/skills of the applicants as well as their financial proposals.
UN WOMEN 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.
Qualified women candidates are highly encouraged to apply.