Juba (South Sudan)
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 centre of all its efforts, UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
UN Women South Sudan has developed a Strategic Note for the period 2019 – 2021 which is focused on three strategic areas, as follows:
1) Global norms and standards;
2). Ending Violence against Women and Girls
3) Women Peace, Security and Humanitarian action
Reporting to the Regional Director, the Country Representative is responsible for leading and managing the South Sudan Country Office (CO) portfolio and for translating the UN Women's Strategic Plan (SP) in line with regional and national priorities, into development initiatives and results by developing, implementing and managing programmes and projects for the South Sudan Country Office; and developing effective partnerships with Government counterparts, UN system agencies and organizations, civil society organizations, and with bilateral and non-traditional donors in order to promote inter-agency partnerships, support for UN reform, and mobilization of visibility and resources to advance gender equality and women's empowerment.
Duties and Responsibilities
Manage the strategic country programme planning and development
- Develop and implement strategic direction of the South Sudan Country Office;
- Lead the design, planning, formulation, preparation and development of the Country Strategic Notem in close consultation and collaboration with the government, civil society, donors, UN system partners and the Regional Director, Resident and/or Humanitarian Coordinator in the country and other national development stakeholders and partners, taking into account national priorities and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
- Provide substantive advice to the Executive Director, Regional Director and Senior Management on the regional strategy, direction and planning of programmes and projects;
- Manage and ensure the quality of results-based and rights-based programming for the South Sudan Country Office; Finalize the annual work plan and budget;
- Lead the monitoring of the results-based management approach to programme planning and design.
Manage the South Sudan Country Office
- Lead the office in the delivery of operational goals; Finalize the annual work plan and budget; and oversee the implementation, including providing direction, guidance and technical support;
- Oversee and approve programme work plans and monitor the overall progress and compliance of the South Sudan Country Office;
- Manage the preparation of UN Women mandated country reports;
- Manage the audit review process and timely response to audit reports;
- Manage the performance of staff under his/her supervision; provide managerial direction, guidance and leadership to staff and provide performance feedback and coaching to staff under supervision;
- Maintain and update South Sudan Country Office security strategy, plan, and measures to ensure full compliance with UN security policies, procedures and requirements.
Provide support to the Resident Coordination and UN Country Team
- Serve as member of the UN Country Team (UNCT) under the strategic guidance and coordination of the UN Resident Coordinator (RC)/Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) and collaborate on and support UNCT programming and advocacy to ensure gender equality and women’s empowerment issues are fully integrated into UN programming processes, including the Common Country Assessment (CCA) and United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring and evaluation through UN Results groups and respective joint workplans, and in an enhanced response to national partners; Partner with RC and UN system partners to strengthen UN system interagency coherence, collaboration, planning, cooperation and harmonization of programming, common services, and operations;
- Facilitate joint programming and promote UN competencies to advance gender equality and women's human rights; rt to the UN RC on these issues as required;
- Actively engage in regular UNCT consultations and decision-making processes;
- Provide substantive support to the Resident Coordinator in coordinated resource mobilization efforts for joint UN efforts;
- Actively engage in and contribute to UNCT strategic communications that advance UN system efforts and collective results to promote Agenda 2030, including for national goals and priorities for sustainable development to generate positive public support and ownership;
- Ensure UN Women’s active participation in UN system thematic and other working groups to establish effective networks and keep abreast of ongoing debates and thinking on development;
- Ensure organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF development planning and agenda/priority setting for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNDAF country development planning of programmes including committing UN Women partnership in common system initiatives, where possible and relevant;
- Participate in RC and UNCT members’ performance appraisal, as requested.
Represent UN Women and lead advocacy strategies
- Represent UN Women in intergovernmental forums, public information/relations events and key meetings, participate in policy dialogue; discuss policy initiatives, report on progress achieved and/or present policy papers/ideas;
- Build relations and partnerships with high level and senior government officials as well as multi-lateral, bi-lateral agencies and NGOs; and participate in regional, country and other critical meetings and events;
- Lead and support advocacy for gender equality and women’s empowerment to ensure that UN support towards realization of the national plans and priorities are done in a gender responsive manner, and within agreed international frameworks that promote and protect gender equality.
Create and maintain strategic partnerships and manage resource mobilization strategies
- Lead the development of resource mobilization strategies and manage the implementation of resource mobilization strategies, plans, and efforts;
- Establish and maintain relationships with government, partners, stakeholders and donors to achieve active collaboration, cooperation and alliances on programme development and implementation and resource mobilization;
- Finalize donor reports and negotiate and/or approve cost-sharing agreements with donors;
- Establish reporting accountability framework to ensure that donors are duly informed on a timely basis.
Knowledge management, innovation and capacity building
- Manage the development and implementation on South Sudan Country Office communication plans, based on UN Women’s communication strategy;
- Approve the implementation of innovation and best practices in the South Sudan Country Office;
- Promote learning and development by providing opportunities for training and capacity guiding to enhance the competencies/productivity of staff members;
- Lead the production of knowledge products.
Key Performance Indicators
- Timely and quality development and implementation of the Country Strategic Note and Annual Workplan
- Timely and quality delivery on operational goals
- Timely submission of UN Women Country Reports, donor reports, and audit responses
- Quality and level of engagement with UNCT, including joint planning, joint programming, joint resource mobilization, joint advocacy, and working groups
- UN Women is seen as a reliable and trustworthy partner by governments, donors and civil society
- Timely development and implementation of South Sudan Country Office resource mobilization strategy
- Performance of staff, security plans are in place and up to date, office produces quality knowledge products
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- Creative Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Leading by Example
- Excellent programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
- Ability to develop detailed operational plans, budgets, and deliver on them
- Ability to advocate and provide policy advice and interact with high level decision makers
- Excellent knowledge of gender equality and women's empowerment in country
- Strong knowledge of UN system
- Ability to envision and lead the strategic direction for UN Women in the country
- Excellent networking skills
- Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising and develop strategies
- Strong leadership and people management skills in a multicultural setting
- Excellent diplomatic and communication skills
Required Skills and Experience
Education and Certification
- Master's degree or equivalent in development related disciplines, economics or public policy or other social science fields is required.
- A project/programme management certification would be an added advantage.
- At least 10 years of progressively responsible development experience that combines strategic and managerial leadership in aid development cooperation, some of which is in gender and women’s issues programming, at the international level, preferably in developing countries within the UN system, Agencies, Funds or Programmes or UN Mission;
- Field based experience working with multi-cultural teams;
- Experience working in a conflict or post conflict environment is required;
- Experience in leading a team.
- Fluency in English is required.
- Working knowledge of another UN official language is an asset.