Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS). The United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2524 (2020) authorizing the mandate of UNITAMS which is to assist the political transition, progress towards democratic governance, in the protection and promotion of human rights, and sustainable peace; support peace processes and implementation of future peace agreements; assist peacebuilding, civilian protection and rule of law, in particular in Blue Nile and South Kordofan (the Two Areas) and Darfur; and support the mobilisation of economic and development assistance and coordination of humanitarian assistance.
The position is based in Khartoum and is located in the Office of Support to Civilian Protection. The incumbent will report to the Director of the Office of Support to Civilian Protection.
Within the limits of delegated authority, the Senior Women's Protection Adviser will be responsible for performing the following duties:
•Directs the implementation of Security Council Resolutions 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009) 1960 (2010), 2106 (2013), 2242 (2015), 2331(2016) and 2467 (2019) on Conflict-related Sexual Violence and mainstream conflict-related sexual violence perspectives within the Office of Support to Civilian Protection and in the work of all mission components;
•Oversees the provision of advice and support to government and non-governmental counterparts in collaboration with relevant mission and UN counterparts, and fosters close working partnerships with all UN stakeholders, including the UN Country Team;
•Advises senior mission leadership on the integration of conflict-related sexual violence considerations into the mission's implementation plan, guidance and operational activities, and efforts on engaging dialogue with state and non-state parties through the implementation of the Framework of Cooperation between the Government of Sudan and the United Nations on the prevention and response to sexual violence in conflict;
•Provides guidance on the conflict-related sexual violence agenda to UN system entities, as required;
•Establishes, convenes and coordinates the programme and activities of the UN Working Group on Conflict-related Sexual Violence (WG) at the country level and ensures coherence of decisions made by its members, including with respect to the Protection Cluster and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Sub-Cluster, under the guidance of the Director of the Office of Support to Civilian Protection;
•Ensures members of the WG are provided with support for their analysis, reporting and programmatic responsibilities, including with respect to the Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Arrangements (MARA) under Security Council resolution 1960 (2010);
•Coordinates the implementation of reporting obligations on conflict-related sexual violence;
•Supports the implementation of a mission wide strategy to address conflict-related sexual violence; In coordination with mission and UNCT components, and in collaboration with the Government, NGOs and donors, promotes the development and implementation of comprehensive strategies to implement the Framework of Cooperation between the Government of Sudan and the United Nations on the prevention and response to sexual violence in conflict, including advocacy and capacity-building strategies, to address sexual and gender based violence and conflict-related sexual violence that recognize and promote national ownership;
•Promotes greater coherence and coordination of the mission with UN entities in response to conflict-related sexual violence;
•Ensures that conflict-related sexual violence concerns are reflected in Integrated Strategic Frameworks (ISF), Results-based Budgeting (RBB) frameworks and other strategic planning documents;
•Provides the necessary support to the Director of the Office of Support to Civilian Protection in order to strengthen and reinforce coordination and cooperation with donor community, inter-governmental agencies and regional organizations in response to conflict-related sexual violence;
•Provides substantive coordination and guidance and management oversight to Women Protection Advisors, ensuring a link between operations, strategic direction and results, including in its results-based work plan;
•Works closely with the Senior Human Rights Officer and the Senior Child Protection Advisor to develop a work plan that addresses conflict-related sexual violence, and collectively develop procedures for the effective cooperation of the mission to integrate conflict-related sexual violence perspectives into respective responsibilities;
•Ensures regular and appropriate information exchange at mission level on conflict-related sexual violence developments, and with UN headquarters and African Union focal points; Implements responsibilities in line with the UN Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict/SRSG-SVC Provisional Guidance Note, and other relevant UN guidelines and policies;
•Performs other relevant duties, as required.
Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter – including in international human rights and humanitarian legal frameworks, international relations, protection of civilians, and gender/SGBV, and relevant Security Council resolutions and mandates, in conflict and post conflict settings, in particular working on issues of conflict-related sexual violence, to establish and maintain effective partnerships with relevant stakeholders to further the mandate of the organization, and to strategically advise and advocate for the integration of conflict-related sexual violence considerations in various fora; Ability to advise high level officials and to undertake dialogue with parties to armed conflict; Demonstrated independent judgement and discretion in advising on and handling sensitive information; Ability to advise senior management and other senior officials; Conceptual and strategic ability to analyze and evaluate critical matters and assess their impact on the protection of civilians from conflict related sexual violence; 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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; Is willing to learn from others; Places team agenda before personal agenda; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.
Judgement/ Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent), is required, in social sciences, political science, law, international relations, development studies, or a related field. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience maybe accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience, is required, in human rights, protection of civilians, gender, humanitarian affairs, political affairs or a related area.
A minimum of three (3) years of experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting, is required.
Experience supporting or facilitating multi-stakeholder policy and/or advocacy processes at the national level, is required.
A combination of experience in two or more of the following areas: human rights, protection of civilians, gender, humanitarian affairs, political affairs or a related area, is desirable.
Experience engaging with and advising senior host Government officials is desirable.
Experience working in or in support of a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is desirable.
Experience working in Africa is desirable.
English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position advertised, fluency in English is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
The selected candidate is expected to start as soon as possible.
Please note that due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and the travel restrictions imposed by national authorities, selected candidates may be required to start the assignment/appointment remotely, in agreement with the hiring manager, and until further notice.
Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
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