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Programme Support Assistant / Women’s Economic Empowerment - Juba

Published on 29.06.2021

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Position : Programme Support Assistant / Women’s Economic Empowerment - Juba

Background

South Sudan achieved independence from the Republic of Sudan on July 9, 2011 after a referendum in January 2011. After independence, South Sudan embarked on nation building and post-conflict recovery including the establishment of governance systems and institutions, installation of basic infrastructure, establishment of social services including schools and health facilities where they were non-existent; and initiation of programmes to reform the security sector, particularly the South Sudan National Police Service (SSNPS); and revitalization of the economy.  In December 2013 fighting broke out in Juba and reversed many the gains the country had made during the first few post-independence years, disrupted the development process and caused massive population displacement. Women and children were the hardest hit and represent the largest proportion of the displaced population in South Sudan. In August 2015, with support from IGAD, a Peace Agreement was signed by all warring parties. Amongst other provisions, the agreement calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities, formation of an interim government as well as Constitutional and Legal Reforms. Successful implementation of the Peace Agreement is key to the programming environment in South Sudan.

On 14 December 2016, President Salva Kiir, called for a new National Dialogue and appointed a Steering Committee and called for support from three independent Think Tanks based in Juba as a Secretariat. The National Dialogue Steering Committee has been inaugurated and has since commenced meetings. Women represent over 25% of the membership of the steering committee. The National Dialogue is expected to go beyond addressing grievances and reconciliation, which continues to be the mandate of the Commission of Truth Reconciliation and Healing under the Agreement. International actors, including the UN, have expressed their readiness to support an inclusive and genuine dialogue process. The United Nations in South Sudan has however established two platforms, that is, National Dialogue Task Force and National Dialogue Technical Working Group to support the Government in planning the National Dialogue.

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 and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

UN Women in South Sudan has been working on the ground since 2011, implementing long term development programs particularly; Women's Leadership and Participation; Women’s Economic Empowerment; Violence against Women and Girls and Women's engagement in Peace and Security.    

UN Women is working in partnership with NGOs, UN agencies, local and national government entities and community-based organizations (CBOs) to implement the humanitarian programme activities in South Sudan. The key objectives are to integration gender equality and women’s empowerment considerations in the development and implementation of normative, policy and procedures in humanitarian action; and to fill critical gender gaps in in the programming of humanitarian assistance.  In order to ensure effective and efficient delivery of programme results, UN Women is seeking the services of a programme support to the Women’s Economic Empowerment and Humanitarian Action programmes.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist, Women’s Economic Empowerment and Humanitarian Action, the Programme Support will perform the following functions in South Sudan:

  • Support partners on better documenting results and follow up on financial and narrative reports;
  • Contribute to the development of project proposals for country office resource mobilization;
  • Contribute to the development of country office donor, progress and annual reports;
  • Review partners reports, FACE form and work plan to ensure alignment with the signed agreement;
  • Provides support to the Programme Team including participation and assistance to preparation and conducting of programme meetings, annual reviews and other relevant Programme meetings and events;
  • Prepares briefing materials as necessary for programme staff to use on official trips, monitoring visits and meetings, etc;
  • Assists in the financial management of projects by generating financial reports, preparing requisitions and budget spreadsheets, raising requisitions, etc;
  • Drafts correspondence on a variety of programme related subject-matters;
  • Establishes and maintains project files in a systematic order. Archives closed files and maintains accurate log of archive files;
  • Keeps list of names, addresses and telephone numbers of Programme counterparts and other stakeholders including government officials;
  • Ensure that UN Women security and safety standards are followed within the area of responsibility;  
  • Ensure visibility of the Donor(s) and UN Women in programme locations and among stakeholders including beneficiaries, local government authorities and communities;
  • Support local capacity building through support to programe staff in organizing training and knowledge sharing events targeting local government authorities, NGO partners and community members; 
  • Manage M&E Database for all the beneficiaries and other stakeholders; 
  • Assist in organizing computer and adult literacy trainings for beneficiaries;
  • Assist in programme monitoring visits;
  • Provide administrative and logistical support, for travel arrangements for the Programme team and counterparts for all incoming and outgoing missions.  
  • Performs other duties as required.

Competencies
Integrity/Commitment to mandate:

  • Acts in accordance with UN WOMEN values and holds himself/herself accountable for actions taken. Demonstrates personal commitment to UNFPA’s mandate and to the organizational vision.

Knowledge sharing/Continuous learning:

  • Takes responsibility for personal learning and career development and actively seeks opportunities to learn through formal and informal means. Learns from others inside and outside the organization adopting best practices created by others. Actively produces and disseminates new knowledge.

Valuing diversity:

  • Demonstrates an international outlook, appreciates differences in values and learns from cultural diversity; 
  • Takes actions appropriate to the religious and cultural context and shows respect, tact and consideration for cultural differences;
  • Observes and inquires to understand the perspectives of others and continually examines his/her own biases and behaviors.

Managing Relationships:

Working in teams:

  • Works collaboratively with colleagues inside and outside of UN WOMEN to allow the achievement of common goals and shared objectives. Actively seeks resolution of disagreements and supports the decisions of the team.

Communicating information and ideas:

  • Delivers oral and written information in a timely, effective and easily understood manner;
  • Participates in meetings and group discussions actively listening and sharing information;
  • Frankly expresses ideas with the intent to resolve issues, considers what others have to say and responds appropriately to criticism.

Conflict and self-management:

  • Manages personal reactions by remaining calm, composed and patient even when under stress or during a crisis and avoids engaging in unproductive conflict. Expresses disagreement in constructive ways that focus on the issue not the person; 
  • Tolerates conditions of uncertainty or ambiguity and continues to work productively.

Working with people:

Empowerment/Developing people/Performance management:

  • Integrates himself/herself into the work unit seeking opportunities to originate action and actively contributing to achieving results with other members of the team;
  • Knows his/her limitations and strength, welcomes constructive criticism and feedback and gives honest and contractive feedback to colleagues and supervisors. Seeks new challenges and assignments and exhibits a desire to learn; 
  • Accepts responsibility for personal performance participating in individual work planning and objective setting seeking feedback and acting to continuously improve performance. 
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Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Bachelor of Development Studies, Agriculture, Social Science, entrepreneurship preferable with very strong knowledge and experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS World, Excel, and Access.) and ICDL certification is an advantage.

Experience:

  • At least 4 years of relevant experience with International organizations and the Knowledge of UN system and/or international organization procedures will be an asset;
  • Good knowledge of development issues in South Sudan;
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural setting, initiative, sound judgement, good organizational skills and ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines;
  • Good communication skills both written and spoken, including strong drafting ability in English;
  • Knowledge of gender issues; 
  • Professional experience in addressing gender equality issues and women’s empowerment.
Job criteria for job ad : Programme Support Assistant / Women’s Economic Empowerment - Juba
Job category :
Health and social professions
Management
R&D, project management
Industries :
Associative activities
Employment type :
Fixed-term contract
Region :
Juba
City : Juba
Experience level :
2 to 5 years
Educational level :
Bachelor
Number of Position(s) : 1

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