Deadline: December 29, 2010
UNIFEM (part of UN-Women) has been involved in strategic interventions ensuring that women of
Darfur participate in the various peace processes, beginning with the inter Sudanese peace talks in Abuja in 2005-2006, the Sirte peace talks October-December 2007 and now in Doha 2009-2010.
UNIFEM (part of UN-Women) has supported efforts that ensured women's voices are heard,
enabling them to be part of the solutions and to assert their rights and contribute to the search for peace. As such, UNIFEM Sudan recognizes the critical importance of positioning itself within the peace process in order to support in our efforts to UN Security Council Resolution 1325. A major initiative is through partnership with the AU/UN Joint Mediation Support Team (JMST) which is the formal facilitator of the Darfur peace process with support from key stakeholders in the international community. Recognizing the importance of this strategic relationship, UNIFEM (part of UN-Women) is committed to strengthening its collaboration with JMST as the peace talks continue and planning for implementation of a peace agreement commences. Further collaboration has been made with the AU/UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and in 2011 is expected to be strengthened with the AU High Implementation Panel for Darfur (AUHIP).
The conflict in Darfur still continues and lasting peace is not yet attained. To support its efforts in
the Darfur Peace Process, the Sudan Country Program requires a Senior Gender Adviser to support a broad spectrum of work related to Women, Peace and Security in Darfur. Specifically the Senior Advisor will provide technical support to engendering Darfur Peace Process, through the partnership with the AU/UN Joint Mediation Support Team and other international supported processes. The AU/UN Chief Mediator has requested UNIFEM's on-going technical support to the formal peace process and is counting on continued support to ensure implementation of SCR 1325 and engendering the process as a whole.
Supporting peace negotiation processes is very complex and politically very sensitive, involving
interactions with senior members of government, international and regional organizations and
representatives of armed movements in the negotiations, and senior UN officials and other actors, requiring technical ability and diplomatic maturity to persuade parties to appreciate international commitments to women's rights as intrinsic to sustainable peace and security. The tasks undertaken by the Senior Advisor within the sensitive timeframe of the Darfur peace process makes this a very strategic consultancy for UNIFEM Sudan.