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Re-advertised: National Consultant to Support the Review and development of new Gender Policy for National Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare (only for South Sudanese Nationals)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Grade: National Consultant, Unspecified
Job Expired 19 Dec 2021
Added 1 month ago
Job Description

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.


Organizational Context:

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 center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality (GE) and gender mainstreaming translate into action globally. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts.

The Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare (MGCSW) is a fully pledged ministry with a mandate to promote gender equality and social protections for women, children, and persons with disabilities amongst other vulnerable groups including guaranteeing human rights in the Republic of South Sudan. Similarly, the Ministry is responsible for the formulation and implementation of policies and legislations for the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment in South Sudan.

UN Women and the National Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare in South Sudan, have developed a great partnership to promote gender equality through shared dialogue, advocacy, and cooperation programs. UN Women continues to support the National Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare in the Government of the Republic of South Sudan to achieve its mandate, in promoting gender equality, safeguarding the rights of women, children, persons with disabilities, and other vulnerable groups. One key task within the Ministries mandate is to ensure that all government institutions, CSOs, and the private sector are gender-sensitive and that they take into consideration the diverse needs of the population in the design, planning, and implementation of annual work plans. That, the Ministry continues to ensure that diverse needs are also considered within monitoring and evaluation of policies, programs, plans, and projects.

Some of the work that the Ministry of Gender Child and Social Welfare undertakes to achieve this includes; adoption of the National Gender Policy (2013) which upholds the government’s commitment to the principles of equality and human rights as enshrined in the TCSS 2011 as amended and in the R ARCSS (2018). To uphold the key objectives outlined in the National Gender Policy, the Ministry has established gender focal persons (GFPs) in line with Ministries and Commissions, and the gender focal persons are tasked with the responsibilities of mainstreaming gender equality principles in their respective sectors. On-going training on gender, gender mainstreaming, and gender-responsive budgeting has also been conducted with the focal persons.

To further strengthen the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare deliver on its mandate, UN Women South Sudan would like to hire a National consultant, to provide the essential support and facilitation for the Ministry to efficiently review Gender Policy for the National Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare

UN Women is therefore looking to hire a national consultant to perform the following duties for the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare:

Duties and Responsibilities

The Consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare and the Director-General for Gender and Child Welfare of the Ministry, and the UN Women Deputy Country Representative to work closely with the International Consultant. The consultant is expected to perform the following tasks and responsibilities.

  • The consultant will work with the International consultant to provide technical support to the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare to undertake a review of Gender Policy (2021 - 2030);
  • Develop a work plan for the review of the Gender Policy in collaboration with the International consultant;
  • Will work with the International consultant to review the Ministry’s mandate, vision, mission as well as the prevailing social and economic development environment;
  • Hold consultations with stakeholders in collaboration with the state ministries of Gender on gender equality including the UN Agencies, international and local NGOs, bi-lateral and multi-lateral agencies, and civil society organizations at the greater regions of Equatoria, Upper Nile, and Bahr el Ghazal;
  • With the support of the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare and in collaboration with State Ministries of Social Welfare;
  • In collaboration with the International consultant compile a 10 years Gender Policy highlighting goals, objectives, activities, outcomes, outputs, and core assumptions/risks for each strategic direction;
  • Facilitate the validation of the National Gender Policy (2021-2025);
  • Incorporate inputs from the validation workshop;
  • In collaboration with the International consultant submit the final document and exit report to the National Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare.


Core values:

  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism;
  • Respect for Diversity.

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

Functional Competencies:

  • Good knowledge of programme management;
  • Ability to administer and execute administrative processes and transactions;
  • Ability to create, edit and present information in clear and presentable formats;
  • Ability to manage data, documents, correspondence and reports information and workflow;
  • Strong financial and budgeting skills;
  • Strong IT skills;
  • Good report writing skills.

Other Required Skills:

  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of normative frameworks;
  • Good understanding of the South Sudan context;
  • Good working relationship with women organizations;
  • Proven experience in the development and review of policies and strategic plans;
  • Proven skills and experience in conducting gender analysis;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in networking and building partnerships;
  • Ability to work under pressure.

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in security studies, social sciences, law, human rights, gender/women's studies, international development, or a related field is required.


  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible work experience in gender and human rights work;
  • Possess engaging with communities and women with disabilities;
  • Experience in South Sudan, with an understanding of the political and security climate, is considered an asset;
  • Experience in successful gender-mainstreaming in post-conflict countries’ reconstruction is considered an asset;
  • Familiarity with the context of South Sudan on gender issues; particularly as they relate to the National, Regional and International instruments;
  • Previous experience working with INGO or UN agencies.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of local Arabic is an asset.

Application Process:

The application must include:

  • 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

Please note, the system will only allow one attachment, and, hence please combine the multiple files while uploading the attachment.

Qualified women candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

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.

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