September 16, 2019 South Sudan NEWS PORTAL

Location : Juba, SOUTH SUDAN
Application Deadline : 16-Sep-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left : 0d 12h 59m
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
23-Sep-2019
Duration of Initial Contract : 4 months
Expected Duration of Assignment : 4 months
Since the outbreak of hostilities in December 2013 in South Sudan, parties to the conflict have committed acts of sexual violence such as rape, gang-rape and sexual slavery. These incidents occurred for example during ongoing armed conflict, during mass displacement, at checkpoints and house to house searches. The following parties to the conflict continue to be listed in the annex to annual reports  of the Secretary-General on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence for being credibly suspected of committing or being responsible for patterns of rape and other forms of sexual violence in situations of armed conflict: the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), re-named South Sudan People Defence Forces (SSPDF), South Sudan National Police Service (SSNPS), pro-Taban Deng Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition, pro-Riek Machar Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition, Lord’s Resistance Army and Justice and Equality Movement.
On 11 October 2014, the President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E Salva Kiir, signed a Joint Communique with the United Nations in which he committed on behalf of the Government to prevent and address conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV)  crimes. The Joint Communique  contains a set of practical and political commitments to prevent and end the use of rape and sexual violence in conflict which include the development of specific action plans for the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), and the South Sudan National Police Service (SSNPS) to ensure proper investigations of sexual violence crimes, the establishment of accountability mechanisms, ensuring that perpetrators of sexual violence are excluded from amnesty provisions and that sexual violence is explicitly addressed in the peace process and, as an aspect of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement. Similarly, on 18 December 2014, the Chairman and Commander in Chief of the SPLM/SPLA-IO, Dr. Riek Machar Teny issued a Communiqué of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLM/SPLA) on preventing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in South Sudan” outlining commitments to prevent and respond to CRSV within the SPLM/SPLA-IO.

On 14 March 2019, the SSPDF launched its Action Plan on addressing CRSV which outlines concrete and time-bound measures to prevent and respond to CRSV in South Sudan. The Action Plan is comprised of five pillars focusing on a) Prevention; b) Accountability; c) Protection of victims, witnesses and judicial actors; d) Communication; and e) Monitoring and Evaluation. Concrete and time-bound measures include nation-wide training of soldiers, enhanced coordination between military and civilian justice systems and comprehensive vetting processes meant to exclude perpetrators of sexual violence crimes from recruitment/integration into the SSPDF. Also, on 29 June 2019, Riek Machar endorsed the SPLA in Opposition’s Action Plan on CRSV envisaging concrete measures to be implemented over the period of one year (June 2019 – May 2020) including: systematic, periodic and mandatory training of SPLA in Opposition forces; engagement with the civilian population to improve early warning and reporting of alleged sexual violence cases perpetrated by Machar’s forces; and enhanced coordination between SPLA in Opposition and civilian justice systems in view of holding accountable those elements who commit, command or condone CRSV.

Consistent with Security Council Resolutions 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009), 1960 (2010), 2106 (2013) and 2467 (2019) on Women Peace and Security, the United Nations has been engaging the Government of South Sudan, its security forces, and other armed groups towards soliciting concrete, specific and time-bound commitments to prevent and respond to sexual violence crimes. Pursuant to Security Council resolution 2459 (2019), the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) is mandated to: “To monitor, investigate, verify and report specifically and publicly on violations and abuses committed against children and women, including those involving all forms of sexual and gender-based violence in armed conflict by accelerating the implementation of monitoring, analysis and reporting arrangements on conflict-related sexual violence and by strengthening the monitoring and reporting mechanism for violations and abuses against children”; [..] “To deter and prevent sexual and gender-based violence within its capacity and areas of deployment […]”; “To foster a secure environment for the safe, informed, voluntary, and dignified, return or relocation of IDPs and refugees including through monitoring of, ensuring respect for human rights by, and where compatible and in strict compliance with the United Nations Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP), coordination with police services, security and government institutions, and civil society actors in relevant and protection-focused activities, such as sensitization to issues of sexual and gender -based violence and children and armed conflict as well as technical assistance or advice, within existing resources, on international humanitarian law, investigation and prosecution of sexual and gender-based violence and conflict-related sexual
violence, as well as other human rights violations and abuses, in order to strengthen protection of civilians”;

Purpose of the consultancy:
The National Consultant will be tasked with the responsibly of supporting UNMISS Human Rights Division (HRD), and the Office of the Senior Women Protection Advisor in particular, to monitor, investigate, verify and report specifically and publicly on violations involving all forms of sexual and gender-based violence in armed conflict. He/she will also support UNMISS HRD’s prevention effort to engage parties credibly suspected of committing or being responsible for patterns of rape and other forms of sexual violence in South Sudan to uphold their commitments to prevent and respond to CRSV, through meetings, trainings and other engagements.

Scope
Under the overall leadership of UNMISS Senior Women’s Protection Advisor, the incumbent will;

  • Conduct field visits in the area of responsibility, both in Government controlled areas and areas controlled by the opposition groups, to investigate allegations of incidents of conflict-related sexual violence;
  • Assist in the verification and investigation of alleged CRSV incidents by information gathering through interviews with victims, alleged perpetrators, governmental authorities and security forces as appropriate;
  • Inform survivors of CRSV about services available through referral pathways;
  • Research and collect information pertaining to CRSV from a variety data sources (e.g. communications, publications, the press) to keep abreast of issues/events and provide up-to date information;
  • Draft a variety of reports and correspondence including notes to file, minutes, workshop reports, field reports and updates with action-oriented recommendations;
  • Conduct meetings to discuss CRSV-related issues, including progress in the development and/or implementation of commitments to address CRSV, with relevant officials including security forces (e.g., South Sudan People’s Defence Forces, South Sudan National Police Service, Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition), non-governmental organizations, civil society; 
  • Assist in the preparation and delivery of trainings on the prevention and response of CRSV and sensitization programs for national institutions, security forces in particular, and civil society organizations;
  • Conduct oral presentations and briefings upon need;
  • Translate and interpret from English to Arabic and other local languages and vice versa as required;
  • Organize workshops, seminars and meetings and prepares material as required;
  • Performs other duties as required.

Deliverables:

The deliverables will include:

  • Expert guidance in the verification and investigation of alleged CRSV incidents (throughout 4 months of consultancy);
  • Support the planning, organization and conduction of 4 training courses on CRSV (throughout 4 months of consultancy);
  • Monthly time-sheets and brief results-based progress reports based on the prior agreed work plan about implemented activities and achieved results with attached events’ supporting documents (agendas, lists of participants and reports) submitted ;
  • Support and outreach provided to survivors of CRSV to inform them about services available through referral pathways (throughout 4 months of consultancy);
  • Final report about the progress and achievements, lessons learnt and recommendations submitted (delivered at the end of consultancy).

Methodology
The consultancy will include the following processes:

  • Field visits to locations where alleged CRSV incidents are reported;
  • Regular meetings/engagements with relevant duty-bearers, especially security forces, and other national/international stakeholders;
  • Regular meetings/engagements with the Office of UNMISS Senior Women’s Protection Advisor and other relevant UNMISS/UN actors with a mandate on CRSV;
  • Independent work of review and analysis of relevant documentation
  • Reporting on findings.

Results

  • The National Consultant will contribute to achieving greater accountability for incidents of sexual violence in South Sudan, especially conflict-related sexual violence, through strengthening UNMISS’ existing monitoring and reporting efforts as well as engagements with parties to the conflict aiming at preventing and responding to CRSV, in line with national and international human rights obligations.

Institutional arrangements:

  • This position is located within the Human Rights Division of United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), Juba. The incumbent will report to UNMISS Senior Women’s Protection Officer or his/her designate.
  • The consultant will work full time, based in UNMISS South Sudan. Office space, administrative and logistical support will be provided.  The consultant will not be availed a laptop. 
  • The consultant will be provided with DSA while deployed to in-country missions.
Professionalism:

  • Knowledge of international human rights and humanitarian legal frameworks, international relations, protection of civilians, and gender/SGBV; shows ability to mainstream gender and sexual violence perspectives, into governmental processes and mechanisms; excellent drafting, monitoring and reporting skills; conceptual and strategic analytical capacity, formulate options, draw conclusions and make effective recommendations, particularly in relation to addressing the needs of women and girls in post-conflict situations; ability to formulate policy advice, position papers and reports for the attention of senior managers. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations; Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. 

Communication:

  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of Nuer or Azande is desirable.

Teamwork:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity for diversity; ability to motivate, listen and integrate all members of a team; ability to develop a consensus among people with varying points of view; work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; demonstrate openness in sharing information and keeping other team members informed.
Education:   

  • Bachelor’s degree or High school with five years of experience in relevant field.

Experience:

  •  At least 5 years of relevant professional experience closely related to the field of human rights/ humanitarian/ protection issues particularly with women;
  • Experience of working on gender and protection issues;
  • Experience with UN/NGO or other International bodies is an added asset;
  • Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools, ability to use Internet and email.

Language:

  •  Strong communication skills – fluency in English and Arabic is required.
  • Knowledge of Nuer or Azande is desirable.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply

Evaluation Criteria:
Technical Evaluation Criteria  Score Weight

  • Bachelor’s degree or High school with five years of experience in relevant field: 30
  • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience closely related to the field of human rights/ humanitarian/ protection issues particularly with wome;Experience of working on gender and protection issues;Experience with UN/NGO or other International bodies is an added asset;Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools, ability to use Internet and email: 40
  • Strong communication skills – fluency in English and Arabic is required;Knowledge of Nuer or Azande is desirable: 30

   Total 100

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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