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Sudan, surrounded by the Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya and South Sudan, positioned next to East, West, South and North Africa, is surrounded by complex conflicts in an unpredictable, volatile and rapidly evolving region. Sudan is by size the third biggest country in Africa, with a diverse population of around 42 million people. Sudan’s children make up half of the total population, and the past two decades have seen their lives significantly improve: fewer girls and boys are dying before their fifth birthday, primary school attendance is increasing, immunization coverage is high and the country remains polio free. Still, millions of children continue to suffer from protracted conflict in Darfur, the Kordofans, and Blue Nile, from seasonal natural disasters, malnutrition and disease outbreaks, and from under-investment in basic social services. More than three million of Sudan’s school aged children are not in the classroom. UNICEF has been in Sudan since 1952 and continues with a presence in 12 of Sudan’s 18 states.
How can you make a difference?
Purpose of post:
Sudan has experienced decades of deeply entrenched social inequalities, environmental vulnerability, armed conflict and violence, and poor governance. All this has resulted in protracted displacement, resource degradation and competition over access to natural resources, disruption of basic infrastructure and social services, food insecurity, weakened social fabric and loss of livelihoods. The failing economy, political tensions and continuing popular protests for justice and judicial reforms, and inflationary tendencies are all manifestations of Sudan’s ongoing fragility, leaving more vulnerable children, families, and communities further behind. These challenges have been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The signing of the Juba Peace Agreement provided renewed optimism in the country for peace, economic and social development, and further integration into the global community. Realisation of hopes and aspirations of the Sudanese depend on much needed political and economic reforms which struggle to keep pace with everyday challenges, such as rising prices of petroleum and food baskets, and appropriate responses to several key conflict drivers such as access to land and water, competition over basic services, protracted displacement, and rising criminality, among others.
Enhancing resilience and social cohesion in Darfur, severely undermined by cyclical socio-economic, conflict and climatic shocks and stresses, is a key priority of the Juba Peace Agreement. The national government and international partners recognise that prospects for peacebuilding and achieving sustainable development gains, both critical to underpin resilience, depend on a twin-track approach tackling key underlying conflict drivers while contributing to more immediate socio-economic and humanitarian needs.
UNICEF and WFP are designing a joint programme (JP) to support the Government of Sudan across North, South and Central Darfur— providing immediate support to strengthen the functionality of local authority institutions and improve community participation in activities promoting self-reliance, resilience, and social cohesion in targeted localities. This will entail an integrated approach to disaster preparedness, development of sustainable livelihood opportunities, access to basic social services and social protection provision. Its design will align with priorities of the spirit and letter of the Juba Agreement for durable solutions in development, strengthening horizontal and vertical social cohesion, peaceful resolution of local conflict and contribute to the establishment of a conducive environment for lasting peaceful coexistence. The programme will contribute to strengthening the adaptive and transformative capacities of individuals and communities, and the institutions and systems that provide services to them.
The joint intervention proposed will coordinate with national, state and locality level government institutions and other key national and international stakeholders. It will build on the work not only of the UN Country Team, the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan and the Government, but also support the scale-up of local grassroot initiatives, leveraging technical expertise and other resources while encouraging local ownership.
Key Expected Results:
Communities will have enhanced food systems, resilient livelihoods and increased equitable access to and utilization of quality basic social services and protection
Systems and institutions at locality and community levels will be strengthened resulting in enhanced governance, accountability, efficiency, inclusiveness, and protection of rights across all groups in target locations
Promoting peace and collaboration through a culture of inclusive socia Inception phase: Support the six-month state level inception phase to finalize the JP design, ensuring an inclusive, localised, participatory approach to design and implementation.
Representation: Support UNICEF not only in state level JP coordination, but with state level government, native administration and other governance systems and networks (as agreed with manager)
Programme management and implementation: Support the overall management and coordination (for UNICEF) of all aspects of the state level programme toward the agreed results; including timely and effective grant and financial management
Monitoring, reporting and evaluation: Support state-level baseline development, monitoring, the provision of timely and quality inputs to donor reporting as well as evaluation
Partnerships: Support JP related partnership development, amendments and overall PD management
Communications, visibility and donor relations: Support state-level JP visibility, communication as well as donor visits
Evidence generation and learning
Beyond the JP results framework, support capacity strengthening and learning for UNICEF in programming for social cohesion, resilience and the triple nexus
l dialogue, ownership and engagement in community processes and outcomes to foster trust and interdependence across community groups
Programme approach and implementation is informed by participatory methods of evidence generation and monitoring, supporting advocacy, policy and practice in Sudan and the broader region
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- A Bachelor’s degree is required in one of the following fields: peace-building, international relations, political science, international development, or another relevant technical field.
- A minimum of two years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: programme management, peace-building, community empowerment. Previous experience and / or deep understanding about programming in a context similar to that of UNICEF Sudan programming environment, in particular Darfur, is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA)
The functional competencies required for this post are…
Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
Works Collaboratively with others (1)
Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)
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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds, irrespective of gender, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
** Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
*** Candidates found suitable but not appointed to this post may be included in the respective talent group and considered for similar career opportunities in UNICEF over the next 36 months.
*** Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
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