Friday, Mar 23, 2018

Vacancy Announcement for Senior Political Officer


  1. Background 

The 31st Extra-Ordinary Summit of Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Assembly Heads of State and Government on South Sudan, that took place on 12th June 2017, decided to convene a High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) of the parties to the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) including estranged groups to discuss concrete measures to restore permanent ceasefire, the full implementation of the ARCSS and to develop a revised and realistic timeline and implementation schedule towards a democratic election at the end of transition period. The summit also mandated the IGAD Council of Minister to convene and facilitate this forum in collaboration with relevant stakeholders and appoint a Special Envoy to South Sudan. 

In an effort to effectively support the tasks of the IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan, IGAD Secretariat is strengthening the human resources capacity of its office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The office is expected, among other things, to coordinate technical, administrative, financial and logistical support and facilitate the HLRF process. 

The IGAD South Sudan Office is under the direct supervision of the IGAD in general and the Division of Peace and Security in particular. The day to day administrative, logistics and financial activities are supervised and coordinated by the Special Envoy. 

Organizational Unit:             IGAD South Sudan Office (ISSO) 

Job Category:                       Professional 

Position Title:                        Senior Political Officer 

Position Level:                      P-5

Reporting to:                         IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan 

Post Available:                      One (1) 

Duty Station:                         Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ISS Office 

  1. Job Summary: 

The Senior Political Officer will support the IGAD-SSO HLRF team’s effort to identify gaps and opportunities for IGAD-SSO wide support to the Government’s effort to build national capacities for generating consensus around strategies for building peace, promoting governance and advancing sustainable peace. This will include building agreement on crucial reforms and preventing and mitigating recurring cycles of violence over land and natural resources that adversely affect inclusive peace process in South Sudan. The Senior Political Officer will work on ongoing initiatives to promote an enabling environment for dialogue, including support to consultations around the current High – level Revitalization process. Further to this s/he will provide political analysis, strategic advice to IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan on mainstreaming conflict sensitivity approaches to the implementation of revitalized peace agreement, as well as assist other key peace agreement implementing stakeholders and institutions. s/he will closely monitor the political situation in the South Sudan, and provide periodic reports as needed. 

  1. Duties and Responsibilities 

Under the direct supervision of IGAD’s Special Envoy for South Sudan, and in close collaboration with the Juba Liaison Office, the Senior Political Officer, will provide strategic and analytical support to the IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan in the High – Level Revitalization process and implementation of peace agreement; identify areas of programmatic engagement with national stakeholders, and support the Senior Political Advisor and Special Envoy in preparation of response to parties to the South Sudan conflict ;prepare policy briefs  related to social cohesion, dialogue, democratic reform, conflict prevention, peace building and any  other relevant field; establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with key national stakeholders, regional and international actors and strengthen the capacity of IGAD-SSO to undertake conflict analysis, mainstream conflict sensitivity in the implementation of the peace agreement: 

Key Functions: 

3.1       Strategic and analytical support to IGAD-SSO 

  • Provide strategic advice and analysis on options for promoting inclusive and effective governance in South Sudan, with a specific focus on the challenges and opportunities;
  • Provide support for strategic initiatives on conflict prevention, including assisting the IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan in organization and undertaking confidence building measures, including advisory support on governance.
  • Prepare periodic reports analyzing trends in South Sudan, as well as their impact on the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement;
  • Provide continuous analysis to IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan on political developments and conflict dynamics, with a view to identifying appropriate ‘entry points’ for conflict prevention and recommending appropriate strategic responses for the smooth implementation of the peace agreement;
  • Organize, develop, and implement national level initiatives to strengthen confidence in local development capacities, including through the promotion of local dialogue capacities for conflict prevention at local and/or national levels. 
  • Programmatic engagement and preparation of IGAD-SSO responses to parties request related to democratic reform, social cohesion, dialogue or other relevant field: 
  • Undertake necessary activities to build/strengthen/apply/sustain national capacities/institutions/processes to prevent crisis and mainstream conflict prevention interventions throughout the work of IGAD-SSO;
  • Identify and engage actors in the peace and development agenda supported by IGAD-SSO;
  • Strengthen women’s initiatives and groups in peace processes
  • Undertake/support confidence-building measures; training and capacity building workshops for national stakeholders at all levels; and other inter-group processes as may be required. 
  • Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with key national, regional and international actors 
  • Liaise closely with national, regional and local stakeholders from Government, opposition parties and civil society and key international actors to identify entry points, foster dialogue and strengthen strategic cooperation’s and partnerships on confidence building initiatives;
  • Establish and maintain networks and strategic partnerships for the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement;
  • Maintain close liaison with relevant donors and other actors supporting IGAD-SSO’s ARCSS revitalization efforts;
  • Maintain close contact with relevant staff in JMEC, CTSAMM and other agreement related institutions. 
  • Strengthen capacity of IGAD-SSO to undertake conflict analysis and mainstream conflict sensitivity in the revitalization process and implementation of peace agreement 
  • Provide analytical and strategic support to IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan on conflict dynamics and political process in South Sudan;
  • Conduct training for the agreement implementing institution staff and national partners on conflict analysis, conflict prevention and/or conflict – sensitivity development
  • Support the design and implementation of capacity building training curriculum for revitalized ARCSSS created institutions 
  1. Required Skills and Experience 

4.1       Education:

  • Advanced University degree (Masters degree) or equivalent from a recognized University in political science, sociology, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, or other related social sciences 

4.2       Experience: 

  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in conflict analysis, policy, and strategy development, development and/or conflict prevention in a governmental, multilateral or civil society organization;
  • Experience in developing advocacy strategies and public speaking highly desirable;
  • Experience in building partnership and engaging with civil society groups and/or women’s organizations;
  • Prior experience in the East Africa Region highly desirable.
  • International peace building experience and multi-cultural exposureExtensive experience in research on peace processes
  • A proven policy, advisory and advocacy experience and track record of engagement with senior levels of governments and donors


Skills and competencies:

  • Sound skills and demonstrated experience in facilitation, consensus-building, multi-stakeholder processes and revitalization of peace agreement
  • Familiarity with political analysis and peace process revitalization process issues (planning, design of table and agenda, engaging excluded groups);
  • Communication and writing skills
  • Reporting skills
  • Ability to be an effective team member.
  • Ability to adapt to changes in the external environment and organization.
  • Good organizational skills.

Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact effectively at various social levels and across diverse cultures; 

  1. Language Requirements: 
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English.
  • Knowledge of French and Arabic will be an added advantage. 
  1. Tenure 

The duration of the assignment will be for 12 calendar months with possible renewal subject to good performance and availability of fund. 

Deadline for Application: … March 31st 2018 on or before 5:30PM 

  1. How to apply: 

Only those interested candidates who meet the profile stated should submit their application accompanied by detailed CV, copies of both Academic and professional certificates and testimonials, names and addresses of three reputable referees, contact details (e-mails, telephone) to the following address: 

IGAD South Sudan office 

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel: +251-911-243163 or +251-911-236881 

IGAD South Sudan Office shall only respond to shortlisted candidates.


IGAD is an equal opportunity employer. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.