UN Women

Gender in Constitution-Making Expert

UN Women

Job Description

  The Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) signed on 12th September 2018 mandates the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU) to initiate and oversee a Permanent Constitution–making Process that will be based on eight principles including gender equity and affirmative action.

In recognition of the critical role of women in peace and constitution building processes, the R-ARCSS, under Art. 6.6 and Art.6.14 requires the inclusion of women in the consultations on the reconstitution of the National Constitutional Review Commission and in the Constitution review process. Indeed, women’s participation in both peace processes and constitution-making is key to ensuring that women’s interests and concerns are addressed at a substantive level. Moreover, the constitutional process represents an opportunity to empower women to claim their political, social, economic and cultural rights and if it is inclusive, it will lead to sustainable peace.

As part of their support to women in the South Sudan peace process and in order to ensure that women in Agreement institutions and mechanisms and women in the communities and civil society, will be well prepared for valuable contributions to the constitution making process, UN Women is seeking a Gender and Constitutioon making expert to support UN Women’s engagement with women in the constitution making process. The consultant will support UN Women develop its own internal strategy for engagement and support women leaders to do the same. The consultant will host key sensitization workshops geared and raising awareness on the Permanent Constitution making process, the purpose of the Constitutional process workshop, and will draw from expertise from successful regional and international constitution making experiences.

Duties and Responsibilities

Functions: 1. Spearhead UN Women’s engagement in the Permanent Constitution Making process:

  • Develop UN Women’s strategy for supporting South Sudanese women in the Permanent Constitution Making Process;
  • Host consultation workshops with women leaders including from civil society, parliament, academia, and political parties on key aspects of engagement with the constitution making process;
  • Host sensitization workshops for women leaders on the constitution making process;
  • Support women leaders in the development of a South Sudanese women’s roadmap and strategy for engagement with the Permanent Constitution Making process.
2. Contribute to inter-agency Coordination:

  • Provide Technical Support on inter-agency coordination related activities by attending meetings, events, and participating in groups and committees on the Permanent Constitution Making process as needed;
  • Coordinate with other UN agencies, Government Departments, donors and NGOs to ensure the interventions on the constitution making process are gender-sensitive, harmonized and aligned with other in-country efforts;
  • Prepare inputs on documents on inter-agency coordination on the Permanent Constitution making process;
  • Write analytical and regular progress reports on UN Women’s engagement on the process.
3. Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies:

  • Develop and implement partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
  • Spearhead UN Women’s input and contribution to the joint proposal on Constitution Making support;
  • Analyze and research information on donors, prepare substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for cost sharing;
  • Determine programmatic areas of cooperation, based on strategic goals of UN Women, country needs and donors’ priorities and develop the relevant partnerships as it relates to the Permanent Constitution Making process.

A work plan prepared, indicating proposed activities and expected results, indicators, outcomes, timeframe or proportion of time to be devoted to each.

  • UN Women’s strategy for engagement with the Permanent Constitution Making process;
  • South Sudanese women’s strategy for engagement with the Permanent Constitution Making Process;
  • Workshop and consultation reports;
  • Monthly report on activities and accomplishments (monthly report on achievements, report on progress, issues and recommendations including adjustment to the work plan;
  • Bi-monthly summary of lessons learned and recommendations related to the strategic advisory function (e.g. lessons and recommendations related to ways of working, priorities, mechanisms).


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.
Core Competencies:

  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Leading by Example.
Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent analytical skills especially on Constitution Making Processes and Peace Agreements;
  • Excellent knowledge and experience on women, peace and security;
  • Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions and present findings and recommendations.

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, law, Human Rights, gender/women's studies, international development, or a related field is required;
  • A Bachelor’s degree with accompanying relevant experience may be considered.

  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible work experience in mainstreaming gender in national processes, particularly constitution making processes;
  • Experience and knowledge of women, peace and security;
  • Experience in supporting different women’s groups in constitutional processes and Peace Agreements particularly in post-conflict African countries is an asset;
  • Previous experience working in a similar position is an asset;
  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies, bilateral partners and UN agencies;
  • Experience in developing organizational strategies informed by different stakeholder group consultations.
Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.
Application Information:

  • Interested applicants can apply online;
  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment;
  • Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment, scan your documents into one single file. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and may not be considered for further assessment;
Qualified women candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

Note: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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