Supporting the Ministry of Social Development in Conducting a Review of Discriminatory Laws and Policies against Women and Developing a Situational Analysis on Gender Equality Issues in Suda

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Result of Service The incumbent is tasked with conducting a legal review of all national laws and policies to identify gaps to enable policy makers to amend legislations to bring them in-line with international commitments and obligations related to gender equality. The incumbent will be responsible for carrying out consultants with government and civil society representatives to develop a road map for legal reforms as a priority for the implementation of Sudan’s NAP 1325. The consultant will also conduct a desk review on gender equality issues to develop a situational analysis, which will be used primarily for the development of a gender equality policy, linked to the NAP 1325. Lastly, the consultant is expected to carryout consultations with diverse stakeholders to agree on and develop priorities for a national gender policy and to draft the policy after consultations.

Work Location Remotely

Expected duration Four months

Duties and Responsibilities Sudan has experienced decades of conflict and two devastating civil wars between the northern and southern regions of the country. Popular protests that began in December 2018 led to the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in 2019, who ruled Sudan for thirty years. Lt. General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan was sworn in as a chairman of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council in April 2019. A new Constitution was enacted in August of the same year replacing Sudan’s 2005 Constitution to govern a three-year transitional period. The Constitution recognizes women’s participation in the popular revolution and makes explicit commitments to women, peace, and security.

Popular protests that began in December 2018 led to the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in 2019, who ruled Sudan for thirty years. Lt. General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan was sworn in as a chairman of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council in April 2019. A new Constitution was enacted in August of the same year replacing Sudan’s 2005 Constitution to govern a three-year transitional period. The Constitution recognizes women’s participation in the popular revolution and makes explicit commitments to women, peace, and security.

Sudan adopted its National Action Plan (NAP) for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in March 2020 for the period 2020-2022. The NAP includes three overarching goals related to legal reforms to advance gender equality, the prevention of violence against women and the active participation of women in reconstruction processes. In 2021, Sudan ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) with reservations. It also ratified the 2005 Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa, the Maputo Protocol.

In July 2022, the General Directorate for Women at the Ministry of Social Development requested technical assistance from ESCWA to support them with NAP implementation and the development of a national gender equality policy that reinforces the NAP 1325. The NAP 1325 includes among one of its objectives much needed legal reforms to advance gender equality and to bring them in-line with recently adopted international and regional legal frameworks.

UN ESCWA requires a national consultant to conduct a legal review of all Sudanese laws, to identify gaps and propose amendments to bring them in-line with international legal obligations. This will partly serve a number of interventions for the implementation of the Sudan NAP 1325. The consultant will also conduct research on gender equality issues in Sudan and develop a situational analysis to support with the development of a gender equality policy.

The consultant will work closely with UN ESCWA and the General Directorate for Women at the Ministry of Social Development to carry out and complete the deliverables of this assignment.

Qualifications/special skills A Master’s degree in Law or in the fields of Development Studies, Human Rights, Women’s/Gender Studies is required. A minimum of seven years of experience in working on legal issues, human rights, gender equality, and/or women, peace, and security, preferably in Sudan is required. Familiarity with stakeholders relevant to gender equality and women’s empowerment in Sudan is desirable. Ability to meet deadlines and deliver quality products in a timely manner is required. Excellent drafting, reporting and presentation skills, as well as communication skills is required.

Languages Excellent writing skills in Arabic and English is required.

No Fee THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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