International Gender Expert

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Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women works to achieve women empowerment, gender equality and elimination of discrimination against women and girls. 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.

In South Sudan, UN women support national priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with government, civil society and other relevant actors. Through the “Gender mainstreaming in Security Sector Reform” project, UN Women aims to support the establishment of a representative, inclusive and gender-responsive South Sudanese security sector that ensures the meaningful participation of women at all levels of the security institutions, and prioritizes the protection and promotion of human rights of civilians, especially of women and girls at community levels, and contributes to the sustainability of peacebuilding efforts. The project supports security sector reform (SSR) that provides the blueprint for facilitating inclusive peacebuilding and social cohesion in local communities through women’s participation in the design of its laws, policies, and practices.

The project is guided by the Security Council resolution 2151 (2014), which identifies core standards and principles of the UN support to national SSR processes. The resolution underscores the need for the “inclusion of more women in the security sector” and notes the importance of the “equal and effective participation and full involvement of women in the SSR process, given their vital role in the prevention and resolution of conflict and peacebuilding”. Furthermore, the project is also guided by the WPS SCRs 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009), 2106 (2013), 2122 (2013) and 2467 (2019), which expressly highlight the necessity of integrating women’s needs and priorities into the UN’s support to SSR.

Aligning with South Sudan’s national priority, the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS), signed on 12th September 2018, also guides the implementation of the project. The R-ARCSS provides important entry points to include women’s experiences with security sector institutions in anticipated security sector reforms under the R-ARCSS. Chapter Two of the peace agreement addresses transitional security arrangements and articulates a reform package of the security sector. In line with this, the parties to the R-ARCSS have been making efforts to realize the security sector reform. However, patriarchal norms and negative masculinities may make it difficult to include women and consider their participation as part of the security sector reforms in the different security institutions.


The promotion of gender equality in the security sector is a core element of global, regional, national, and local efforts to “build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels” as enshrined in Goal 16 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. For example, the 2019 High-Level Roundtable on Gender Parity and SSR recommended the Member States and the UN to join efforts to:

(i) increase the proportion of women at all levels of the security sector institutions, in particular in senior positions;

(ii) prevent and respond to gender-based discrimination in the security sector work-place;

(iii) promote the empowerment of women in the security sector and their networks; and;

(iv) enhance availability of data of women in the national security institutions to track progress and promote accountability to the implementation of the Goal 16.

Since gaining independence in July 2011, South Sudan has signed and/or ratified a significant number of international and regional agreements/instruments on gender equality to promote and protect the rights of women and girls in all sectors and institutions. This constitutes the Government’s commitment to promote and protect the rights of women and girls on an equal basis with men, including ensuring the meaningful participation of women at all levels of the security institutions of South Sudan based on the gender equality principle enshrined in the regional and international agreements/instruments signed and/or ratified by South Sudan. The national security sector institutions to be targeted in this project include the Ministry of Defense and Veterans Affairs, Ministry of Interior, South Sudan National Police Service, South Sudan People’s Defense Forces, South Sudan Prisons Services and Strategic Defense and Security Review Board, the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission and any other relevant security sector institutions that are part of the R-ARCSS.

To strengthen gender analysis of women’s engagement with institutions that are tasked with negotiating, monitoring, and implementing the provisions of the Peace Agreement, UN Women is engaging with the Joint Transitional Security Committee (JTSC) within the Security Sector Reform (SSR) to ensure gender mainstreaming of the sector through the engendering of the training curricula of the unified forces as per the R-ARCSS provisions.

Duties and Responsibilities


Methodology and tools developed and shared with the team, and approved for execution; Draft inception report for the assignment developed and shared with the team and approved for execution; Draft report on the gender responsiveness of the training manuals on gender equality in the security sector institutions of South Sudan shared with the team, and approved for full development; A final detailed report on the recommendations of provisions for gender equality in the training manuals shared through conformity and incorporation and approved as finalized; Facilitated national validation workshop and its final detailed and approved report to validate the report to the Joint Transitional Security Committee (JTSC), stakeholders and UN Women.

The Consultant will be required to work in Juba, South Sudan. The National Consultant will work in close collaboration with the Joint Transitional Security Committee (JSTC).


UN Women South Sudan is therefore seeking the services of an International Gender Expert with expertise to review and revise the various training manuals of South Sudan’s national transitional security institutions from a gender perspective and in relation to the national security institutions' curricula to:

Review and revise the course training curricula/manuals for the unified forces from a gender perspective in relation to local legal frameworks, international and regional human rights frameworks, and the security sector reform laws and share comments and recommendations with UN Women team. Assess the capacity and understanding of training key stakeholders in relation to gender awareness, including, but not limited to, the facilitators/trainers of the SSR activities in the abovementioned security sector institutions, and identify meaningful capacity-building interventions and initiatives. Document lessons from the revision of the training curricula and provide recommendations on how to engender future training materials of the uniformed forces to facilitate a national validation workshop in collaboration with relevant institutions in order to validate the conducted assessment. Write and submit reports on the assignment, and present findings as requested. Perform other related duties as may be assigned.

  1. Application Evaluation Criteria

A two-stage procedure will be utilized in evaluating the submissions, that is, the evaluation of the technical component and the financial proposal submitted by the applicant. The technical component is evaluated based on its responsiveness to the Term of Reference (ToR) and its division of contribution for fulfilled assignment.

  • Technical qualification evaluation criteria:

The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on following criteria:

Evaluation Criteria

Obtainable Score

Academic qualifications


At least 10 years’ experience on field of gender analysis, with a specific focus on developing and/or revising /training curricula/manuals for security sector in relation to international and regional agreements/instruments on gender equality in the security sector institutions and at the national level.


Proven analytical skills and practical exposure in applying gender analysis, gender mainstreaming, monitoring and evaluation in security sector institutions at the national, regional or international context.


Traceable experience in drafting assessment and research reports.


Financial proposal:

  • The financial proposal specifies a total lump sum amount in US Dollars for the consultancy work;


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies:

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

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, law, gender/women's studies, international development, international relations, or a related field, with at least 7 years’ experience, or a first-level university degree in combination with at least 10 years of work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • Traceable experience of working with the security sector institutions conducting gender assessment at the national, regional or international levels;
  • Good analytical skills and practical exposure in applying gender analysis, gender mainstreaming, monitoring and evaluation at the national or regional, or international context;
  • Experience in developing and/or revising learning/training manuals for the security sector institutions from within the region, or in a similar context;
  • Experience in developing and drafting documents like research and assessment reports, manuals, etc;
  • Excellent command of English is required, and good command of Arabic is an added advantage;
  • Experience of working in South Sudan, with an understanding of the political and security climate is considered an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset;
  • Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.

Application procedures:

Interested applicants must submit the following documents/information (in PDF format) to demonstrate their qualifications:

Technical component:

  • Letter of interest explaining why they are the most suitable for the work;
  • Technical proposal of no more than 3 pages outlining the applicants understanding of the assignment and proposed methodology for the assignment, including stakeholders to be met;
  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV);
  • Complete P-11 form;
  • Contact details of 3 (three) clients for whom you have rendered similar services;
  • Sample work (may be asked for in separate communication).

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

  • 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

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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