The Sudan International Partners Forum (SIPF) was established in May 2019 and is composed of the United Nations and its agencies; bi-lateral donors; multilateral donors; the international financial institutions, and international non-governmental organizations (I-NGOs).
In line with the five pillars of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the commitment for greater partnership between different parties working on aid and development in the Accra Agenda for Action, the proposed objective of the SIPF is to strengthen international partner coordination at national level and foster alignment with the Government of Sudan on planning and delivery of humanitarian, development and peacebuilding activities.
The SIPF aims at supporting a harmonized collective approach in alignment with the priorities of the new Sudanese government. This may include a shared approach on the Collective Outcomes; the development and implementation of a Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP); a revised Darfur Development Strategy; and improved synergy across the various technical working groups operating in the humanitarian and development spheres.
Governance of the SIPF
The Steering Committee of the Sudan International Partners Forum is drawn from the membership of the Plenary. The Steering Committee is composed of a number of UN Agency representatives; bi-lateral partners/donors; I-NGOs, and IFIs, selected by their respective constituency. The Steering Committee meets bi-monthly. The Steering Committee has responsibility for supporting the international community in achieving its collective objectives as determined by the SIPF Plenary. The Steering Committee works across the international community with other bodies and structures that have responsibility for delivery of common objectives (such as the Collective outcomes Conveners Group, Macro-Economic Reform Group, the Darfur Development Strategy Refresh Steering Committee, the UNCT; the HCT+ structure, the PRSP Working Group, and the various technical working committees that have thematic responsibilities). The Steering Committee can provide
The SIPF Secretariat will support the implementation of the decisions of the SIPF Plenary and will work with the Steering Committee to advance the agenda of the SIPF. The Secretariat will be hosted by the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, with UNDP providing administrative services. The Secretariat will be funded by members of the SIPF through contributions into a UN managed Trust Fund. The Steering Committee will be responsible for determining how the Trust Fund resources are utilized – including the recruitment of staff for the Professional Secretariat. The Secretariat will be responsible for organizing the SIPF Annual Strategic Retreat and Plenary sessions of the SIPF; convening Steering Committee meetings, including agreeing and circulating the agenda, keeping minutes; identifying actions arising; designing forward workplans for SIPF workstreams; and working in support of the various structures operating beneath the SIPF to deliver against SIPF objectives.
Under the overall guidance of the Sudan International Partner’s Forum Committee, and administrative supervision of the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative (Programme), the incumbent will head the SIPF Secretariat, and execute its mandate accordingly. He/she will be guided by UNDP rules and regulations.
- Convene and plan SIPF plenary meetings, including the SIPF Annual Strategic Retreat, (venue, agenda, organizing presentations keeping minutes, recording actions, setting workplans, etc.);
- Organize SIPF Steering Committee meetings and manage issues arising;
- Prepare and follow-up on work plans;
- Maintain the agenda of the SIPF, for focused engagement with the political/policy issues under the SIPF’s mandate;
- Manage the staff and other resources assigned to the Secretariat by the SIPF members to deliver the objectives of the SIPF;
- Report to the Steering Committee and the SIPF on progress;
- Follow up on the implementation of the decisions made by the SIPF and its Steering Committee.
- Support resource mobilization efforts when requested.
- Promote a coordinated approach to the humanitarian-peacebuilding-development nexus objectives of the SIPF through working closely with UN and other SIPF partners’ advisers and respective staff;
- Strengthen alignment and support coordination between each group and the SIPF.
- Coordinate the activities of the SIPF Secretariat with other workstreams and advisers from the RC’s office;
- Liaise with field coordination in priority regions, at the sub national level;
- Collaborate with the sub-national coordination mechanisms and ensure feedback to the SIPF;
- Contribute to the formation of a harmonized approach within the international community.
- Lead the efforts of the SIPF Steering Committee for designing, agreeing, and implementing agreed objectives to be aligned with the government of Sudan;
- Work with the SIPF Steering Committee and other structures of the SIPF to achieve SIPF objectives as they are identified;
- Within the scope of the SIPF, facilitate the interface across the international community;
- Enhance advocacy and communication, to inform dialogue with government and engage new partners;
- Develop action plans for issues agreed by the SIPF;
- Monitor accountability frameworks and joint work plans;
- Build on existing and / or develop processes and platforms for information-sharing, including mapping of partners’ Programmes;
- Consolidate reporting to support the development of the Collective Outcomes, Darfur Development Strategy Refresh, Sudan Social Impact Mitigation Facility, and other international community initiatives;
- Lead the analysis of gaps between approaches of different international partners, identify and propose options to overcome these, and identify issues of concern to the SIPF to be considered.
Ability to make new and useful ideas work;Level 6: Exercises stakeholder-centered design approaches for office / programme / division
Ability to persuade others to follow;Level 6: Ensures teams are resourced for success and empowered to deliver
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction;Level 6: Guides substantive specialists / teams and expands credibility and innovation capacity
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform;Level 6: Creates confidence among stakeholders by delivering authoritative positions, compelling analysis, and contextual acumen
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement;Level 6: Accepts accountability for the outcomes of programme delivery and facilitates improvement and innovation in the delivery of products and services
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)- Knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations;Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise
Management and Coordination
Ability to manage and coordinate people with inspiration. Believe in and promote diversity in the workplace and reshaping the workforce to meet need:Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise
Ability to analyze the SIPS’s value proposition and shape visionary/long term plans. Use insight to identify target audiences and partners and to inform communication objectives, messages and solutions;Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise
Collaboration and Partnership
Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships within or outside the SIPF that can provide information, assistance, and support. Supports the SIPF with the formation and management of strategic relationships contributing to the overall positioning of the SIPF:
Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise
- Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Economics, Political Science, International Relations, Conflict Studies, Development Studies, or any other relevant field.
- 10 years’ work experience in development, political and/or transitional or humanitarian related field.
- Work experience/or familiarity with the aid effectiveness agenda with either bi-lateral, multi-lateral, UN or I-NGO organization with reference to SDGs and the Grand Bargain Commitments;
- Proven work experience in fragile/ conflict context(s) to deliver international assistance;
- Excellent strategic, managerial, administrative leadership and presentation skills;
- Proven coordination, partnership, donor relations, financial management and resource mobilization skills;
- Experience in inter-agency and multi-stakeholder coordination and mechanisms;
- Experience in complex emergencies and/or natural disasters - humanitarian/recovery/development operations.
- Experience in the field of displacement and durable solutions.
- Demonstrable ability to build an effective team, work across numerous organizations to deliver a common objective, and build effective working consensus amongst different organizations;
- Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and understanding of power relations in resource dependent countries.
- Proficiency in oral and written English. Working knowledge of another UN language is desirable
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension