International Consultant: Develop a project document on the elimination of violence against women and girls (EVAWG) for South Sudan Country Office
Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)
The 50-year war of independence in South Sudan, a continuous ethnic based violent conflict fueled by cattle raids and lack of access to resources, and the current civil war have 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. While violence has been understood to have a gendered impact in South Sudan, and a lot of interventions have tried to address these especially for women and girls as victims/survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, there has been very little understanding and studies around how unequal gender relations led to the creation of violence, and especially manifested against women and girls. Continuous violence in communities also lead to the rise of ‘toxic masculinity’, an expression of masculinity that rewards the perpetration of rights abuses against women and girls, and an indicator in itself, of intolerance and brewing of communal violence. Apart from violence, there are number of traditional practices, including dowry, the practice of paying cattle for brides which encourages child brides and cattle raiding, auctioning of girls to the highest bidders through dowry, compensating serious crimes by awarding girls as compensation and other practices which are usually enforced by young men to further deny girls their rights and opportunities as equal citizens.
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, of both government and opposition, within communities during ethnic/communal violence, normalization of domestic violence (DV), almost 65% of women in various studies have admitted to facing intimate partner violence and through 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. Accessing justice is virtually impossible in South Sudan, and worse for women and girls when perpetrators are security forces, who are either outside the ambit of law/judicial processes or protected from prosecution.
Despite progress and strong SDG 5 on GEWE, the sound mainstreaming of gender in the SDGs indicators, violence against women remains a universal phenomenon, enhanced in conflict settings and aggravated by heavy sociocultural hindrances. COVID 19 has further increased inequalities and women’s vulnerability to violence.
UN Women has been working in South Sudan since 2011, implementing programming in the areas of; Women Peace and Security; Women's Leadership and Participation; Women’s Economic Empowerment; and, Ending Violence against Women and Girls. UN Women is also working in partnership with NGOs, other UN agencies, and local and national government entities in order to leverage humanitarian response efforts and bridge the humanitarian-development nexus for promoting gender responsive planning, programming, effective gender coordination, gender justice, women peace and security, as well as for challenging inequalities based on entrenched gender norms that are harmful for women and girls.
UN Women has a triple mandate, and in addition to the coordination and operational actions touched upon above, UN Women ensures that a comprehensive and dynamic set of norms, policies and standards on gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls is strengthened and implemented. Specifically, in South Sudan this sees the Government of South Sudan fulfilling its national (Revitalized peace agreement 2018) and international reporting obligations on CEDAW, Beijing Platform for Action, UNSCR 1325, Maputo Plan of Action, and the Sustainable Development Goals.
UN Women South Sudan developed its Strategic Note in a context of conflict, humanitarian crisis and challenging economic downturn. The Strategic Note is designed to support the strengthening of normative environment, and women’ voices and agency, in the achievement of all the key national and UN indicators focusing on peace and security, ending violence against women/SGBV and through humanitarian action.
UN Women Country office in South Sudan seeks to recruit an international consultant with the aim to bring knowledge, relevant technical expertise, innovation, and coordination to the national response to Violence Against Women and girls.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the UN Women Representative in South Sudan, the International Consultant will be expected to deliver the following specific deliverables:
Development of an assessment report that summarizes ongoing initiatives by other actors and identifies key gaps, challenges, opportunities, and entry points for UN Women on EVAWG in South Sudan:
- Review existing documents and materials in the areas of UN Women EVAWG at the Global, regional and country level;
- Collect relevant and necessary information and materials from key stakeholders at the country level though interviews, calls, questionnaires by email, skype and other relevant online platforms;
- Draft an assessment report.
Development of a full EVAWG project document document inline with UN Women’s template that has:
- A full narrative section;
- Theory of Change diagram;
- Results framework including outcome/output indicators, baseline, targets and Means of Verification;
- A multi-year work plan with budget, in line with the UN Women prodoc template, fully aligned with the Theory of Change and Results Framework.
Core Values/ Guiding Principles:
- Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
- Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.
Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:
- Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff;
- Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.
Ethics and Values:
- Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.
- Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.
Work in teams:
- Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
Development and Innovation:
- Take charge of self-development and take initiative.
Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:
- Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others.
- Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.
- In-depth knowledge of EVAW in humanitarian/conflict settings;
- Demonstrated ability to produce clear reports with in-depth analysis and strategic recommendations in English in the relevant field;
- Demonstrated ability to guide and advice multi-sectoral international teams on assessment and project development;
- Good communication and interpersonal skills, ability to foster networks and partnerships.
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, political, legal, management or related areas.
- At least 10 years of international technical experience and record of accomplishment in GEWE and EVAW, in international development and humanitarian field;
- Proven experience with use of gender analysis in EVAW, including in conflict settings;
- Proven expérience of a minimum of (7) seven years in design, management, évaluation of development programmes in Africa, including conflict/humanitarin in the area of gender and EVAW ;
- Experience in working in and with UN Agencies an asset ;
- Previous professional technical experience in Africa at the country and/or regional level is an asset.
Fluency in written and oral English is required.
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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.