Re-advertised: National Officer- Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW), Only Open for South Sudanese Nationals
Juba (South Sudan)
In 2015, the Government of South Sudan through the Ministry Gender Child and Social Welfare (MGCSW) in collaboration with UN Women and other development partners launched the South Sudan National Action Plan 2015-2020 on UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and Related Resolutions. The goal of the National Action Plan is to strengthen the participation of women in peace and security efforts and facilitate the creation of an enabling environment for their leadership and political participation in conflict resolution and allow for more inclusive, just and sustainable peace, recovery and reconstruction processes, where a gender perspective is integrated into the design and implementation of all policies and programs related to peace and security. Among other things, the objectives of the National Action Plan include, the protection of women and girls, including those with disabilities, against any form of sexual and gender-based violence and respect for human rights, human dignity and equality; enable peace and security stakeholders in South Sudan to galvanize their efforts and ensure improved implementation of gender-sensitive peace and security-focused initiatives at national and state levels; and increase women’s participation in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, the maintenance of peace and security, and guarantee their participation in post-conflict peacebuilding.
Women and girls in South Sudan have suffered unprecedented levels of sexual and gender based violence in the form of rape, harassment, abduction, forced marriages, neglect and trauma as a result of the protracted conflict. The July 2016 armed conflict was also characterized by widespread Sexual and Gender Based Violence targeting aid workers, and vulnerable women and girls. Meanwhile, South Sudan has domestic and international legal obligations to prevent all forms of violence against women. South Sudan is a member of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and obligated to implement the Protocol on the Prevention and Suppression of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence against Women and Children (2006) and the Declaration of the Heads of State and Government of the Member States of the ICGLR on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) (2011). Furthermore, following the conflict of December 2013, a Joint Communique was signed on 11 October 2014 between the President of the Republic of South Sudan and the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict within the framework of United Nations Security Council resolutions 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009), 1960 (2010), and 2106 (2013) on sexual violence in conflict.
UN Women as a key partner of the government of the Republic of South Sudan, is grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the UN, and works specifically 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. To respond to the context and needs of the South Sudan, the UN Women South Sudan Country Programme focuses on four priority areas- i) Increase women's leadership and participation; ii) Increase women's access to economic empowerment and opportunities; iii) Prevent VAWG and expand access to services; and iv) Increase women’s leadership in peace, security and humanitarian response.
UN Women seeks to recruit a National Officer to lead the implementation of interventions under the Priority Area 3 of the Country Programme: Prevent VAWG and expand access to services.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Deputy Country Representative and in close collaboration with other colleagues in the Programme and Operations Unit, the Programme Officer for EVAW shall have the following responsibilities:
- Program development on Ending Violence against Women with a focus on Sexual Violence in Conflict (gender justice, prevention, response (psychosocial and livelihood support), male champions, addressing impunity, security sector reforms, inter-government collaboration, planning, capacity building etc.);
- Organizational capacity development of partners (women’s organizations, CSOs, select government institutions) on ending violence against women/sexual violence in conflict;
- Monitoring and tracking of trends and reported incidences of violence against women/sexual violence in conflict;
- Ability to conduct periodic policy forums with development partners, women’s organizations and government, on violence against women/sexual violence in conflict;
- Preparation of relevant documentation such as project summaries, conference papers, briefing notes, speeches, and donor profiles to support advocacy;
- Inter-agency coordination on EVAW/sexual violence in conflict;
- Focal person for the UN Joint Programme on SGBV;
- Strengthen the capacities of staff, partners and beneficiaries on PSEA and serve as alternate PSEA Taskforce member;
- Advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts on EVAW/sexual violence;
- Any other related tasks assigned to her/him by the supervisor or the Country Office Management.
- Gender competencies including clarity on gender equality concepts, commitment to work in a gender-sensitive manner; they should be able to demonstrate ability to carry out gender analysis within specific development areas through their work experiences;
- Good track record in programme/project management;
- Understanding of Government functioning and systems;
- Effective application of RBM tools and monitoring achievement of results;
- Effective coordination and supervisory skills;
- Team building;
- Understanding ‘Leave No One Behind’ principle in programming; leadership and conflict resolution skills;
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
- Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities skills;
- Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
- Ability to plan, organize, implement and report on work;
- Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines;
- Ability to work in/sensitivity to a multi-cultural environment;
- Proficiency in the use of office IT applications and internet;
- Outstanding communication, project management and organizational skills;
- Excellent presentation and facilitation skills;
- Demonstrates high level of integrity and ethical standards.
Required Skills and Experience
Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced Degree in Gender Studies, Development Studies, Law, Demography, Public Health or Social Sciences; A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience will be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree;
- Additional post-graduate qualifications in programme planning and management provide an added advantage.
- At least 2 years of progressive work experience in programme development and management at national level, preferably experience gained within UN system, NGOs and government;
- Previous experience in developing, managing and coordinating GBV programme is strongly desired for the assignment;
- Previous work experience on GBV issues provides added value;
- Previous and Strong GBV in emergencies programming experience in South Sudan;
- Familiarity with IASC GBV Guidelines will be an added value;
- Familiarity with the UN SC 1325;
- Good understanding of the South Sudan context and the SGBV issues;
- Good working relationship with women;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
- Field experience would be an asset.
- Fluency in English and Arabic.
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.