Monday, May 20, 2019

Vacancy Announcement for Senior Advisor to the Special Envoy


  1. Background

In response to the armed conflict that erupted in December 2013, in the Republic of South Sudan, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) initiated a peace process to help the conflicting parties resolve their differences in a peaceful way.  At the end of August 2015, the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS)’ was signed. However, though the implementation of the Peace Agreement was started and the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) was established, it faced many challenges which led to the renewed conflict of July 2016.  

IGAD continued its efforts to restore and sustain peace in the country. Thus, the 31st Extra-Ordinary Summit of IGAD Heads of State and Government held on June 12, 2017, decided to convene a High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) of the parties to the Peace Agreement, including other armed and non-armed opposition groups to discuss concrete measures to push forward the implementation of the ARCSS. The HLRF was intended to help restore permanent ceasefire, the full implementation of the Peace Agreement and to develop a revised and realistic timeline and implementation schedule towards a democratic election at the end of the transition period. The 31st submit entrusted the responsibility of revitalizing the ARCSS to the IGAD Council of Ministers and also appointed Special Envoy for South Sudan to assist the Council in facilitation of the HLRF. After a long was of negotiation process, the Forum was completed successfully and the Revitalized Agreement for the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) was signed on September 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

In an effort to effectively support the implementation of the R-ARCSS IGAD is committed to strengthen its capacity by hiring a Senior Advisor to the Special Envoy and other experts to effectively discharge its mandate entrusted by the Agreement.    


Organizational Unit:                      IGAD South Sudan Office (ISSO)


Job Category:                                 Professional/Project staff


Position Title:                                  Senior Advisor to the Special Envoy


Position Level:                                P-5


Reporting to:                                   IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan


Duration of contract :                   One Year renewable subject to need


Duty Station:                                   Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Deadline for application:              on or before 22nd March 2019 on or before 5:00PM local time

  1. Job Summary

Under the direct supervision of the Special Envoy, the Senior Advisor will follow up the day to day political, security, governance, economic and social development in South Sudan and keep the Special Envoy informed in all aspects of the implementation of the R-ARCSS. He or She will coordinate the designing of a sound strategy to guide the implementation of the peace process in an efficient and effective way and prepare reports on its results.


The very important job of the Senior Advisor is to read, understand and analyses the R-ARCSS and related documents and assist the South Sudanese in the full implementation of the same which will ultimately lead to the Revitalized TGoNU and democratic election at the end of the transition period. The following will be his or her core duties and responsibilities.

  1. Core Duties and Responsibilities


  • Provide analytical and strategic advice to the Special Envoy on political developments and conflict dynamics related to South Sudan with a view to identify appropriate ‘entry points’ for conflict prevention and designing appropriate strategic approach for effective implementation of revitalized peace agreement;
  • Design Agenda and creatively emanate ideas on how to engage all stakeholders to ensure the full participation of the South Sudanese and their engagement in the implementation process;
  • Assist the Special Envoy in preparing policy briefings to the IGAD statutory organs and other partners on the progress of the implementation of the peace Agreement;
  • Assist other key peace agreement implementing stakeholders and institutions;
  • Closely monitor and coordinate with officers to assess the political, economic and social situation of the country and provide periodic reports as may be needed;
  • Support the Special Envoy in preparation of response to issues that may be raised by the parties to the Agreement and other partners as may be necessary;
  • Advice the Special Envoy in facilitating social cohesion, dialogue, democratic reform, conflict prevention, peace and confidence building and any other relevant areas related to the peace process;
  • Assist in establish and strengthening strategic partnerships with key national, regional and international actors;
  • Follows up the activities of JMEC, CTSAMM, UNMISS, UN, AU and other important institutions and takes not of vital developments (decisions, communiqués statements) and briefs the Special Envoy.
  • Assist and accompany the Special Envoy in his engagements and meetings with South Sudanese, partners and different stakeholders;
  • Undertake any other related tasks that may be assigned by the Special Envoy;


  1. Required Education and Work Experience


  • Education


  • Masters degree from a recognized university in political science, sociology, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, or other related social science fields.
    • Work Experience


  • At least 15 years of relevant work experience, 5 years of which should be at senior level. Progressively responsible work experience in conflict prevention, policy analysis, and research and strategy development in a governmental, multilateral or civil society organization. Experience in the East African Region and specifically in South Sudan is a plus.
  1. Key Skills and Competencies
    • Proven policy, advisory and advocacy experience and track record of engagement with senior levels of governments and donors;
    • Sound skills and demonstrated experience in facilitation, consensus building, multi-stakeholder processes and implementation of peace agreements;
    • Skills in political analysis and peace process issues (planning, design agenda, engaging excluded groups);
    • Ability in developing advocacy strategies, analyzing diverse views and conflicting interests and come up with reconciled convincing solutions ;
    • Strong ability of producing quality reports and public speeches highly desirable;
    • Ability to engaging with civil society groups, women’s organizations and building strong partnership;
    • Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact effectively at various social levels and across diverse cultures;
    • Advanced computer skills, particularly MS Office (MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
    • A team player, flexible, quick-thinking and able to work well under pressure


  1. Language Requirements


  • Fluency in both written and spoken English.
  • Knowledge of Arabic and/or French will be an added advantage.


  1. How to apply:


Only those interested candidates from the Member states of IGAD 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


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Tel: +251-911-243163 or +251-116185781


Female candidates are encouraged to apply



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