Senior Gender Adviser to the DDR Commission (only for South Sudanese Nationals)
Juba (South Sudan)
South Sudan has been in conflict since December 2013, shortly after independence in July 2011, after years of the 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 Conflict in South Sudan’ (ARCSS). A transitional government, the Transitional Government of South Sudan (TGoNU) was constituted by the parties to the conflict at the signing of the Peace Agreement.
However, the implementation of the 2015 ARCSS was affected by the July 2016 fighting which erupted at the Presidential Palace forcing key members of the opposition to flee Juba and leading to the resumption of the war in the country. This required the revitalization of the peace process and a new agreement, the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) was signed on September 12th, 2018. The Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU) was established on 22nd February 2020 with the swearing-in of the First Vice President and four Vice Presidents. On 12th March 2020, the President appointed the members of the Council of Ministers and Deputy Ministers of the RTGoNU. This marked the end of the Pre-Transitional Period and the beginning of the Transitional Period, which is expected to last for thirty-six (36) months.
The disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) programme in Sudan and South Sudan was born out of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005. DDR activity began in earnest in 2009, but after the South's secession in July 2011 the programme split and took on new directions in each country.
The CPA's Permanent Ceasefire and Security Arrangements, signed on 31 December 2004, mandated a sustainable ceasefire and the disengagement of the armed forces in Sudan, followed by the implementation of a DDR programme. Only members of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) were eligible for DDR. All other armed groups were outlawed and their members were obliged to disband or integrate into the SPLA or SAF before they could be considered for DDR. The DDR Commission is mandated by the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS), is largely charged with the critical responsibility of managing the social and economic reintegration of ex-combatants. The structure dynamics, especially the design of the DDR programmatic framework, and more importantly the integrity of the DDR Commission as an institution, will therefore determine the overall success of the DDR process to which UN Women will be providing a senior Gender Advisor.
UN Women collaboration with the Commission to date has included rolling out a baseline as part of the data collection process on Women Associated with Armed Forces that also aims at informing the planning process.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall oversight from the Country Representative, and direct supervision from the Deputy Country Representative; the Consultant will undertake the following functions:
- Provide systematic guidance and support to the DDR Commission 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 the community level, and build strategic links with the work being done under international frameworks on women, peace and security issues;
- Provide advice to the DDR Chairperson and Senior management on women, peace and security issues and mainstreaming gender into the work of the DDR Commission;
- Advise the DDR Commission leadership, on challenges and deficiencies in the work of the DDR Commission from a gender perspective, and identify opportunities for correction, where appropriate. Also, assists in developing strategies and priorities for the DDR Commission on engagement on gender-related issues e.g. the Women Associated with Armed Forces linked to the implementation of the DDR processes;
- Represent DDR Commission at the Women, Peace and Security Working Group meetings;
- In coordination with the Commission Senior Management Team (SMT), liaise with international partners on relevant gender-specific issues, and collaborate with external subject matter experts and consultants, where necessary;
- Provide gender expertise and training to different aspects of the DDR processes as requested and encourage women’s involvement in such mechanisms and institutions.
- Participate in the various SSDDRC working committees meeting to ensure the integration of a gender perspective in their work;
- Advocate for equitable representation of women and gender expertise in the DDR Commission and in its working committees.
Policy dialogue and analysis:
- Develop with other DDR Commission Advisors and personnel, working papers, policy analysis and memoranda as shall be required;
- Ensure appropriate information flow between DDR Commission and relevant stakeholders to promote women’s engagement in the DDR processes especially the planning phase, including through the development of 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 DDR process.
Key Performance Indicators:
- A work plan is 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 SSDDRC and the UN Women Deputy Country representative.
- Quarterly Monitoring Report on Gender equality and women’s Empowerment in the Commission’s work covering all progress and results in integrating a gender equality perspective in the implementation of DDR. The report will summarize lessons related to achieving gender equality results and recommendations for future action;
- Reports on activities and accomplishments (monthly report on achievements; six-monthly accomplishment report on progress, issues and recommendations including adjustment to the work plan; six-monthly report a summary of lessons learned and recommendations related to the advisory function (e.g. lessons and recommendations related to ways of working, priorities, mechanisms).
- Respect for Diversity;
- Effective Communication;
- Inclusive Collaboration;
- Stakeholder Engagement;
- Creative Problem Solving;
- Leading by Example.
- Excellent analytical skills especially on Peace processes;
- Excellent knowledge and experience on women, peace and security;
- Experience in the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration processes.
- Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions and present findings and recommendations;
- Experience in coordinating and rolling out Needs Assessments.
- Experience in Policy and Advisory support.
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;
- A first-level university degree in combination with 5 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- At least 7 years of progressively responsible work experience in women, peace and security;
- Experience in Gender Mainstreaming;
- 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.
- Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment. Personal History Form P11 that can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment
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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.