Individual Consultant: Subject Matter Specialist

  • Entry-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 20 March 2020

Job Description

Background:

The International Republican Institute (IRI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, organization dedicated to advancing freedom and democracy worldwide. Since 1983, IRI has worked to develop democratic institutions and ideals, carrying out a variety of international programs to promote freedom, self-government and the rule of law worldwide. IRI provides technical assistance in the areas of political party strengthening, developing civic institutions and open elections, promoting democratic governance and advancing the rule of law.

IRI is seeking candidates to support its Sudan program. The Civil Society Short-Term Subject Matter Specialist is based in Khartoum, Sudan and is responsible for monitoring and providing in-depth analysis on political and social developments as they relate to civil society and civic actors during the reform process in Sudan. The Specialist will also establish contacts with civil society, government, and other key stakeholders involved in the reform process to closely monitor and report on the progress of implementing the transitional Constitution. Additionally, the Specialist will provide technical support in IRI programming and facilitate events with relevant stakeholders as IRI sees fit.

Period of Performance: April 10, 2020 to June 30, 2020.

Statement of Work:

Scope of Work:

  • The subject matter specialist will monitor and provide in-depth analysis on political and social developments as they relate to civil society and civic actors during the reform process.
  • The subject matter specialist will report to the Program Director; continuously monitor political and social developments related to civil society and civic actors; regularly produce analytical documents and bi-weekly reports; and work closely with the Program Director and other specialists in developing regular weekly reports and analyses.
  • The specialist will need to consult with key stakeholders, including civil society, civic actors and government officials to closely follow the implementation and progress of the transitional constitution. The specialist will also ensure specific analysis is incorporated into a final findings and recommendations report.
  • The specialist will establish contacts with civil society, government, and other key stakeholders involved in the reform process to closely monitor and report on the progress of implementing the transitional Constitution
  • The specialist will facilitate events, such as stakeholder meetings, dialogues or other informal meetings with stakeholders, IRI staff, beneficiaries, funders, and other potential participants as IRI sees fit.
  • The specialist will be based in Khartoum for three months with occasional travel to other provinces.

The specialist will also:

  • Provide reform trends and predictions, analysis on social engagement and overall sentiment, and implications of political developments related to the transitional process.
  • Maintain regular relations with specialists of other international assessment missions, as well as with local CSOs monitoring logistical, administrative and political progress of the reform process.
  • Prepare briefing materials and talking points on civil society and civic actors, progress of reforms and political developments for program staff and other specialists as requested and as necessary.
  • When relevant, attend meetings and sessions hosted by the Sudanese government and civil society, women’s and youth groups or other related bodies.
  • When relevant, facilitate meetings or dialogues with select stakeholders and provide technical assistance for IRI programs. •
  • Work closely with the Program Director and other specialists to ensure that assessment mission delegates are provided guidance and briefings to effectively monitor and analyze political dynamics and inclusion issues throughout the reform process.
  • Prepare regular, bi-weekly reports as stipulated by the program agreement analyzing the reform process as it pertains to civil society.
  • Produces a civil society mapping with influential actors, with guidance
  • Travel to regions throughout Sudan as necessary.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Availability to deploy immediately for three months between April 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020 with flexibility to extend.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in international relations, law, political science, or related subject; Master’s degree preferred
  • Complete fluency (Native or Advanced professional level) in written and spoken English and Arabic. (Sudanese dialect preferred)
  • A minimum of three (3) years relevant professional work experience in sub-Saharan African countries at the national or international level implementing programming in the field of democracy and governance, with expertise in civil society.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure in a sensitive political environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of an internationally and culturally diverse team, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity
  • Exceptional interpersonal and managerial skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of local stakeholders and foreign government personnel.
  • Excellent written communications skills to effectively present information in a clear and persuasive manner.
  • Analytical skills for interpreting complex program and political issues
  • Experience as a long-term analyst on an international assessment mission preferred.
  • Experience in analysis of legal frameworks for elections given special consideration.
  • Knowledge of PC-based word processing and e-mail technology.

About the Organization

IRI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to advancing freedom and democracy worldwide by helping political parties to become more issue-based and responsive, assisting citizens to participate in government planning, and working to increase the role of marginalized groups in the political process – including women and youth.

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