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Women’s Protection Officer(s), South Sudan, Nonviolent Peaceforce

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Nonviolent Conflict Resolution

Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) is a dynamic, international non-governmental organization. We work to reduce violence and protect civilians in countries affected by violent conflict and its aftermath. NP implements programming through the deployment of civilian protection teams to the field.

South Sudan’s civil war is nearing its second anniversary. The war has forced 2.27 million people to flee their homes and resulted in the loss of thousands of lives. The people of South Sudan are facing a humanitarian emergency and are in the midst of a conflict that is often described first and foremost as a protection crisis – hundreds of thousands of people have been separated from their families and lost their homes, livelihoods and access to basic services like food, medical care and education.

NP is continuing to scale up to meet the growing needs. In South Sudan, NP has a mobile protection response team and 10 field teams providing emergency protection programme for communities affected by violent conflict. Programming is founded on unarmed civilian protection and is thematically focused on protection in displacement, child protection, gender based violence protection and women’s empowerment and inter-communal violence reduction.

The ongoing conflict and displacement in South Sudan is resulting in civilians experiencing escalated risk and exposure to violence. Women and girls particularly are experiencing increased sexual and gender-based violence. NP’s GBV protection and prevention programming focuses on 2 key areas: 1) women’s participation in peace and security and 2) direct protection for the prevention of and protection from GBV. NP’s programming focuses predominantly on prevention and protection, driven by the belief that there should be significantly more investment in protecting anyone from experiencing sexual and gender based violence at any point in their lives. NP does not provide post-incident health care, rather works with existing service providers to connect survivors with those services.

We are looking for experienced Women’s Participation and Protection Officers, to fill a number of vacancies, who share an unshakeable commitment to prevention as the best possible form of protection. You will be someone who understands that women’s active participation in peace and security directly leads to safer women and in fact, safer communities. You are motivated by prevention and are ready to engage in creative, bold and persistent interventions that will enhance security and safety for at-risk women and girls in conflict affected areas. While you will bring your experience and ideals to the role, you also have experience of working with and through cultures that may not share your beliefs. You are ready to be respectful to differences and finding diplomatic, constructive ways to engage on these challenges. You are ready to jump into a context where there are few formal structures or service providers, and those that exist may not lean towards the prevention of GBV and the promotion of women’s participation.

You will be a person with a genuine commitment to working at the community level, someone who is skilled at building trusting relationships in what can be an extremely polarized context. You are someone who is not deterred by the complexity of conflict; you are able to analyze conflict dynamics; you are motivated and unendingly persistent in finding and implementing protection and prevention strategies. You will be responsible for working together with other international and national

colleagues to directly implement the project and to participate in reporting and documentation. You are comfortable living and working in a remote, physically demanding environment, living full-time in a shared compound environment while enjoying a simple diet.

You are someone who combines creativity, innovation and demonstrated knowledge of protection, conflict prevention and/or peacebuilding with a specialist focus on women’s participation and protection. You are experienced and skilled at converting protection, violence reduction and conflict analysis and theory into practical, locally appropriate solutions that effectively increases safety and security of civilians affected by violent conflict. You will need to have excellent interpersonal skills and flair for connecting and building trust with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. And finally you are someone who is solutions focused, strategic and is driven by a keen interest and personal commitment to civilian protection.

KEY OBJECTIVES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

Direct Programme Implementation: Women’s Participation in Peace and Security

* Implementation of Women’s Peacekeeping Team (WPT) project activities. Establishing new WPTs where needed and supporting existing WPTs according to field site assignment and project directions

* Provide trainings for WPTs in range of topics including but not necessarily limited to: GBV in Emergencies, Child Protection in Emergencies, conflict analysis, risk assessment and mitigation planning, case management, community mediation, basic human rights awareness. The WPTs training agenda is driven by the needs of the WPT and may expand or prioritize according to local needs.

* Provide coaching and mentoring for WPTs as groups and members as individuals as they take on leadership roles in community peace and security issues

* Facilitate confidence building between WPTs and relevant local stakeholders and authorities to encourage acceptance of WPT activities and to support WPTs to take on those relationships independently

* Coordinate regularized women’s security meetings to allow broad range of women to express security concerns and to enhance local protection strategies

* Conduct regularized meetings with WPTs to review interventions, challenges, cases and so forth.

* Accompany WPTs engaging in higher risk interventions to facilitate the WPT’s security to encourage WPT activities

* Document success stories, work with WPTs on storytelling of their experiences as women participating in peace and security and self-protection

* Coordinate with other field locations to facilitate communication between WPTs in various locations and state and national level WPT events

Direct Protection and Prevention of Sexual & Gender Based Violence

* Provide protective presence and accompaniment to women and girls exposed to risk of harassment and sexual & gender based violence such as during firewood collection, movements to gardens/farms, in search of food, to access humanitarian services and to access protection of civilian locations

* Engage full range of stakeholders (i.e. civil authorities, organized forces, non-state armed actors, humanitarian service providers, UN mission and agency personnel, community leaders and community members) to encourage as many as possible to take up active roles in preventing sexual and gender based violence, serving as protective agents and to avoid serving as aggressors.

* Conduct daily information gathering, contextual analysis and risk mitigation planning for women and girls (and project staff). For example planning prevention interventions during increased tensions and periods of violent conflict, during aid distributions, when food becomes increasingly scarce etc.

* Participate in referral pathway development and implementation in coordination with GBV post-incident care providers

* Conduct case management for individual cases handled, at the wish of the survivor, outside of the WPTs

* Develop and implement security plans for survivors or women and girls at ongoing risks

* Coordinate with NP’s comprehensive and child protection colleagues to coordinate protection, prevention and response strategies

* Train and mentor locally hired national WPP colleagues

* Facilitate communications and relationships between communities in conflict, providing proactive engagement to mitigate potential conflict including facilitated dialogue, shuttle diplomacy and the development of specific implementable agreements

* Monitor all SGBV protection issues and coordinate with concerned local authorities and NGOs to ensure that relevant protection partners are fully informed on the situation;

Support to Administration and Operation:

* Produce activity, field and training reports and support the Team Leader in internal and external reporting as needed

* Support team-level finance reports as requested and support monitoring of team cash, spending and financial documentation

* Support team-level logistics and operations, including completing procurement requests, supporting asset management and compound management

QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES:

A. Education, Knowledge and Experience

* 3 -5 years’ work experience in SGBV protection and prevention, women’s participation in peace and security programming.

* Demonstrated successful experience in working in complex security

environments

* Demonstrated experience working with state and local authorities, negotiation and mediation

* Demonstrated ability to live, work and solve problems independently and effectively in remote, highly challenging locations

* Demonstrated ability to analyse conflict, security and political contexts

* Post secondary education in law, women’s studies, human rights, international human rights law, international humanitarian law, negotiation, mediation, human security or related, or equivalent experience

B. Skills

Independent Judgment/Analytical: * Ability to set priorities, solve problems and analyse data * Ability to manage information with discretion * Demonstrable conflict analysis skills, identify entry points and design prevention and protection strategies

Interpersonal: * Ability to communicate effectively with individuals and motivate and provide leadership to team and to work and live in a multi-cultural environment * Solutions focused, creative problem solver * Proven ability to build relationships with the full range of actors including government, chiefs, military, police and non state actors * Genuine commitment and interest in living and working at the community level * Flexibility and adaptability

English Language: * Ability to interact confidently in English with colleagues and external contacts, to write documents and reports, and to present effectively relevant information

Information Technology: * Good skills in Microsoft Office applications.

C. Other Specialized Requirements

* This posting can be physically demanding. Some teams work in remote areas, live in tents, and during field visits there is limited access to electricity or running water. Many of the field visits will require driving through rough terrain or walking long distances.

* This field site is a complex security environment where conditions change rapidly – experience in insecure environments is essential to success in this position.

For more information about NP and its work, as well as full details of the position and the application process, please go to NP’s website: www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be processed on a rolling basis

Please email your updated CV together with a letter of motivation that tells us why you are interested in this position and how you are ideally suited to this particular position.

Email address is: recruitnpss@nonviolentpeaceforce.org

Please cite PCDN as the source of the posting in your application. 

As we receive hundreds of applications for each position, only those selected for an interview will be personally contacted. Thank you for your interest in Nonviolent Peaceforce and unarmed civilians protection.

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