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International Consultant: Senior Gender Adviser to the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission to the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS)
|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’ (ARCSS). 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.
However, the implementation of the 2015 ARCSS was affected by the July 2016 fighting which erupted at the Presidential Palace forcing key members of the opposition to flee Juba and leading to the resumption of the war in the country. This required the revitalization of the peace process and a new agreement, the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) was signed on September 12th, 2018. The Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU) was established on 22nd February 2020 with the swearing in of the First Vice President and four Vice Presidents. On 12th March 2020, the President appointed the members of the Council of Ministers and Deputy Ministers of the RTGoNU. This marked the end of the Pre-Transitional Period and the beginning of the Transitional Period, which is expected to last for thirty-six (36) months.
Following the signing of the R-ARCSS, the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) was reconstituted in November 2018 pursuant to Chapter VII of the R-ARCSS. The Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) is responsible for monitoring and overseeing the implementation of the Agreement and the mandate and tasks of the RTGoNU, including the adherence of the Parties to the agreed timelines and implementation schedule. In case of non-implementation of the mandate and tasks of the RTGoNU, or other serious deficiencies, the RJMEC shall recommend appropriate corrective action to the RTGoNU.
The RJMEC oversees the work of the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM), the Economic and Financial Management Authority (EFMA), the Strategic Defence and Security Review Board (SDSRB), the National Elections Commission (NEC), and all other transitional institutions and mechanisms created by the R-ARCSS. The reconstituted CTSAMVM, EFMA, the SDSRB, the NEC, CTRH and other institutions and mechanisms created by the R-ARCSS shall present regular reports to RJMEC for this purpose.
UN Women has facilitated women, peace and security interventions 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 to ensure the inclusion of gender sensitive provisions, and has supported the government to develop a national plan of action on UNSR 1325. UN Women with support of Sweden, has also previously supported the placement of a senior Gender Adviser within RJMEC to ensure that the gender provisions of the Peace Agreement are adhered to, implemented and reported, and that accountability mechanisms are established for those provisions. UN Women continues to support the engagement of the signatory to the Peace Agreement representing women, the Women’s Bloc of South Sudan, Women Coalition and other women peace networks, including the South Sudan Women Peace Network, to effectively engage with all the implementation arrangements and structures.
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 RJMEC Chief of Staff and the UN Women Country representative.
Required Skills and Experience
Education and certification:
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.