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International Consultant to support Women Peace and Security
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Juba, SOUTH SUDAN|
|Application Deadline :||25-Mar-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|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 :||4 Months|
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.
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, 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 leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States' priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
On 12th September 2018, the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) was signed, an agreement expected to chart a peaceful solution to the conflict that had plagued South Sudan since 2013 and to set the country on a path to equitable development for all. Despite the signing of this agreement, the conflicts in South Sudan had far reaching consequences including displacements, loss of lives and food insecurity. South Sudan has an estimated population of 12.2 million but by late 2019, 7.5 million people (more than two thirds of the population) needed humanitarian assistance; nearly 4 million people remain displaced,1 and 2.2 million children of school-going age remained out of school2. The country remains in a situation of severe food insecurity, with 6.4 million people considered food insecure. Protection concerns also remain significant, with the population often living in fear due to persistent insecurity, landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW), human rights violations, Sexual and Gender Based Violence among others.
The years of conflict, with only a short respite after independence, has led to massive humanitarian displacements and crisis and extremely low socio-economic indicators with massive implications for
women’s rights, including extremely patriarchal and entrenched gender and social norms that discriminate against women and men. The continuous cycle of political and communal violence has all bred a culture of violence and militarization that exacerbates women and girls’ already weakened status in the society and has led to further erosion of women and girls limited community protections. South Sudan has one of the highest rates of violence against women and girls, including conflict related sexual violence, manifested at different levels – conflict related sexual violence by armed groups, within communities during ethnic/communal violence, normalization of domestic violence with almost 65% of women in various studies admitting to facing intimate partner violence and insecurity in Protection of Civilian (PoCs) sites. Displaced adolescent girls are further marginalized, often forced into child/early marriages as coping strategies, resulting in a lack of access to educational services, skills for job opportunities and decision making, and exposure to sexual exploitation and abuse. While the protracted conflict affects all populations, women are particularly vulnerable due to limitations on their mobility, shrinking safe and secure space, rights abuses and the burden of caring for children and other family members. The crisis has left most women economically and physically vulnerable by limiting their access to livelihoods opportunities, health, and educational services. South Sudan women’s participation in politics and in peacebuilding is minimal despite the 35% affirmative action on women political participation. Women’s historical exclusion in politics hinders their advancement thus widening the gender disparity in the political sphere. One constant, salient aspect of the volatile situation in South Sudan is the exclusion of women from the conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and state building processes. Women were, and remain, underrepresented in the current government.
As a result of conflict, political prioritization for people of South Sudan, international community and the UN is the implementation of the 2018 Revitalized Peace Agreement, which prioritizes transitional government and a power sharing arrangement, reform/establishment of specific institutions on transitional justice and humanitarian support and reforms of sectors that are driving the conflict.
In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected women in South Sudan, yet they are less likely to be included in the design and development of responses to the shocks they endure. Women and girls are underrepresented in decision-making forums while they are especially qualified to speak to crises such as COVID-19 as a majority of households in South Sudan are led by women (57%), they are the caregivers and often the main income earners of their families. Women and girls are also suffering the brunt of the crisis in devastating ways especially as it comes to their physical safety. The pandemic has worsened conditions for women and girls which were already extremely poor. The rates of violence against women and girls are on a steep incline and appears as a parallel pandemic. Moreover, more than 800,000 people have been affected by flooding in areas along the White Nile in South Sudan since July in 2020 and estimated 360,000 people are displaced as of 5 October 2020. Women and children are the most affected and in need.
UN Women provides financial and technical support to help strengthen national women’s machineries and works with local partners to promote lasting institutional, attitudinal and behavioral change at all levels.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Deputy Country Representative, the consultant will be responsible for planning, implementing, and managing UN Women interventions in the below-mentioned areas of work under the scope of the Women, Peace and Security portfolio in country. She/he works in close collaboration with the UN Women programme and operations team in South Sudan, and relevant UN
Women staff in the Regional Office (ESARO) and HQ (New York), Government officials, civil society and development partners to ensure successful implementation and achievement of planned results.
1. Provide Programme development advisory services related to women, peace and security agenda (WPS):
2. Provide support to the technical implementation of the WPS programme; provide technical advice; ensure synergies with other teams:
3. Provide technical advice to partners; oversee the provision of technical guidance by the team
4. Manage technical and coordination support to the management of inter-agency coordination to achieve a coherent and aligned implementation of WPS activities:
Key Performance Indicators:
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Required Skills and Experience
Fluency in spoken and written English is essential.
UNWOMEN 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.