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Program Officer-WPS

South Sudan

  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: South Sudan
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Peace and Development
  • Closing Date: Closed


Mission and objectives

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


The current UN Women South Sudan Strategic Note (SN) (2023-2025) aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Framework and is designed to enable conditions in which women and girls in South Sudan realize their rights and reach their full potential in a peaceful, inclusive, democratic and prosperous nation. Following UNSDCF Outcome 1, SN Outcome 1 captures foreseen results in four essential areas: continued gender-responsive implementation of the R-ARCSS, while ensuring that 35% affirmative action on women’s leadership and participation is realized in the extended transitional period’s roadmap; gender-responsive security sector reform (SSR) and the security sector’s modification according to related regional and international instruments on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment; gender-mainstreaming in the work of the Legislative Assembly, and gender-disaggregated data creation in a context where gender statistics remain scarce. Throughout these interventions, civil society actors, women’s groups and youth-led and -focused organizations, remain key stakeholders for strategic partnerships and implementation. SN Outcome 1 contributes to the amplification of women and girls’ voices across the South Sudanese society as political actors, leaders of the nation and security and peace providers while bringing their presence and visibility more centrally at focus in terms of gender data. UN Women champions the Women, Peace and Security and Political Participation agenda in South Sudan. The country office’s long-standing work in the area builds on the support for South Sudanese women to be included in all peacebuilding efforts from grassroots to national levels. The successful candidate will be an integral part of the WPS team and as such support various ongoing programming initiatives as part of the portfolio.

Task description

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Women, Peace and Security Team Lead or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer will: 1. Technical support to the implementation of the WPS and Political Participation Program: Support the drafting of country strategy documents, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to WPS and Political Participation in South Sudan. Support the drafting of program/project proposals and initiatives. Support the implementation of projects under the WPS and Political Participation program. Support the development of the WPS annual workplan, budget and indicators. Support the finalization of reports on activities, outputs and outcomes; as well as donor and UN Women reports. Build, manage, and expand relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the WPS program. 2. Manage technical assistance and capacity development to project/program partners: Oversee implementation of projects by implementing partners, as necessary. Identify capacity building needs of partners on WPS and Political Participation, especially women’s organizations and lead the coordination of technical assistance, mentoring, training and capacity development initiatives. Support the Ministry of Gender and other relevant ministries to implement the 2nd Generation National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 3. Support resource mobilization efforts in the area of WPS and Political Participation: Develop and coordinate relationships with key partners in both public and private sector. Support the development and implementation of differentiated, donor fund-raising strategies, aligned and coordinated with country-level activities initiatives and outreach activities. Identify and seize opportunities to secure additional non-core resources. 4. Support advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts: Represent UN Women in meetings related to WPS and Political Participation as delegated. Develop advocacy strategies and oversee their implementation to help raise awareness and stimulate action on women, peace and security and gender responsive initiatives to in the implementation of the transitional processes in South Sudan. Support the Program team to identify best practices and lessons learned to guide program improvement and strategy planning. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities: Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; Provide annual and end of assignment self-reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities; Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers; Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible. Results/expected outputs As an active UN Women team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UN Women and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including: o Timely and quality substantive inputs on program strategies and activities; o Timely and quality substantive inputs to workplans and budgets; o Timely and quality development of Concept Notes, proposals on WPS/P to potential donors o Actively positioning of gender, WPS/P within the UN System, development partners, government and CSOs. o Adherence to UN Women standards and rules; o Timely monitoring and tracking of program results and finances; o Relationship with partners and stakeholders; o Timely organization of events; o Quality of knowledge and advocacy products. The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with national staff or (non-) governmental counterparts, including Implementing Partners (IPs); Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment; A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.

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