Senior Gender Adviser (equivalent to P5 level), Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission to the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS)
Juba (South Sudan)
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 Conflcit in South Sudan’ (ARCISS). A transitional government, the Transitional Government of South South (TGoNU) was constituted by the parties to the conflict at the signing of the Peace Agreement.
The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) was established under the chair of former President of Botswana, Festus Mogae to oversee the implementation of the Peace Agreement. JMEC is responsible for monitoring and overseeing the implementation of the Agreement and the mandate and tasks of the TGoNU, 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 TGoNU, or other serious deficiencies, the JMEC shall recommend appropriate corrective action to the TGoNU.
The JMEC oversees the work of the Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (and its successor mechanism, the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism), 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 this Agreement and established as part of the TGoNU. The CTSAMM, EFMA, the SDSRB, the NEC, CTRH and other institutions and mechanisms created by this agreement shall present regular reports to JMEC 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 JMEC to ensure that the gender provisions of the Peace Agreement are adhered to, implemented and reported, and that accountability mechanisms established for those provisions. UN Women continues to support the engagement of the signatory to the Peace Agreement representing women, the Women’ Bloc of South Sudan 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:
- Provide systematic guidance and support to the JMEC Secretariat to ensure implementation of commitments to promoting women’s meaningful participation and representation, addressing women’s needs in conflict resolution and prevention efforts including at community level, and build strategic links with the work being done under international frameworks on women, peace and security issues;
- Strengthen and enhance partnership/cooperation/consultation/coordination of the JMEC Secretariat and key South Sudanese stakeholders with women and gender advocates including UN entities, national, regional and international civil society actors, especially UN Women Regional and South Sudan Country Offices, the AU Liaison Office in South Sudan, the Office of the AU Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, as well as South Sudanese women's organizations, to ensure women’s engagement in the implementation of a sustainable peace agreement in South Sudan;
- Identify relevant actors/forums, seize advocacy opportunities and strengthen strategic partnerships to facilitate access of South Sudanese women’s organizations to peace building forums organized or supported by JMEC, IGAD, the African Union, the United Nations, and/or other relevant stakeholders;
- Liaise with key international, national, regional, and local stakeholders, relevant government organs, and civil society to strengthen strategic partnerships to facilitate and increase access of women peace advocates to JMEC and ARCSS institutions, mechanisms and processes;
- Facilitate and support the participation of South Sudanese women, in all implementation mechanisms of the Agreement, and by closely collaborating with JMEC thematic advisers on questions of women’s representation, inclusion and engagement in the institutions, mechanisms and processes specified by the peace agreement;
- In collaboration with the JMEC Secretariat, facilitate the participation of women in, and their protection by, monitoring structures of the ceasefire and transitional security arrangements. In particular, provide gender expertise and training to ARCSS mechanisms as requested and encourage women’s involvement in such mechanisms and institutions;
- Facilitate the participation of South Sudanese women, and the inclusion of their needs, concerns and perspectives in the proposed accountability, reconciliation and healing mechanisms outlined in the ARCSS;
- Participate and advocate for equitable representation of women and gender expertise in the JMEC secretariat and in its working committees;
- liaise with all Thematic Advisors, JMEC leadership, compile activities report and contributes to reporting requirements of JMEC as required and contribute to development of JMEC quarterly and special reports;
- Assist the Chief of Staff and the Deputy Chief of Staff (Strategy) with tasks as required.
Policy dialogue and analysis:
- Develop with other JMEC Advisors, position papers and policy analysis for the JMEC Leadership;
- Ensure appropriate information flow between JMEC and relevant stakeholders to promote women’s engagement in the peacemaking and peacebuilding process, including through the development of joint statements and press releases;
- Facilitate training workshops and sensitization of government, women’s organizations and civil society organizations on effective inclusion and engagement of women in the implementation process.
Key Performance Indicators:
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 JMEC Chief of Staff and the UN Women Country representative.
- Monthly Gender Policy Briefs from implementation of the ARCISS and in consultations with women peace networks/groups the Women Bloc of South Sudan, to be presented at the JMEC Monthly Plenary Session;
- Press releases developed every month from JMEC Plenary Session on behalf of Women Peace Networks/Women Bloc of South Sudan, highlighting key achievements and gaps in the gender implementation of the Peace Agreement;
- Quarterly monitoring report on gender equality and women’s empowerment in the peace process covering all progress and results in integrating a gender equality perspective in the implementation and monitoring of the peace agreement. The report will summarize lessons related to achieving gender equality results and recommendations for future action;
- Written opinions on program and project-specific documents related to the South Sudan peace process, and regular policy briefs as requested.
- Respect for Diversity;
- Effective Communication;
- Inclusive Collaboration;
- Stakeholder Engagement;
- Creative Problem Solving;
- Leading by Example.
- Excellent analytical skills especially on Peace Agreements;
- Excellent knowledge and experience on women, peace and security;
- Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions and present findings and recommendations.
Required Skills and Experience
Education and certification:
- Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, law, human rights, gender/women's studies, international development, or a related field is required.
- At least 10 years of progressively responsible work experience in women, peace and security;
- Experience on negotiating and working on Peace Agreements is an asset;
- Previous experience working in a similar position is an asset;
- Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies, bilateral partners and UN agencies.
- Fluency in English is required
- Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.
- All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment;
- Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment, scan your documents into one single file.
Qualified women candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
Note:In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.