Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative State Coordinator Jobs in South Sudan

Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative State Coordinator Jobs in South Sudan

The Youth Peacemaker Network (YPN) in South Sudan is implemented by the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) as its flagship in the country, in partnership with UNESCO, Zain, Ericsson, among other partners to empower young people as leaders of peace and development in their communities through a unique mix of peacebuilding, conflict resolution, mediation, life skills, ICT, vocational trainings, the initiation of youth-led community income generating projects as well as programs promoting peace through the arts and sports.

WPDI is an international non-profit organization founded by UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, Mr. Forest Whitaker, with the mission of helping societies affected by destructive conflicts and gang violence transform into safer and more-productive communities.

Since its inception in 2012, WPDI has created and managed peacebuilding programs in Uganda, Mexico, South Sudan, the United States, and South Africa. WPDI collaborates with a range of local and international, public and private partners to support its mission.

Besides the YPN work of provision of educational training for youth in peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and life-skills coaching as well as ICT and vocational skills, additionally, the program empowers local communities through series of peacebuilding activities including community projects, the establishment of Community Learning Centers, film screenings, and local infrastructure support where applicable.

The pilot phase of the programme was launched in Eastern Equatoria State in 2014 and has now grown to cover both the former Western and Central Equatoria.

The role of the State Coordinator will be to oversee the implementation of the YPN program in the former Central Equatoria State.


  • Ensure the appropriate implementation and follow-up of WPDI programs in all counties of the former Central Equatoria State where we operate and intervene.
  • Liaise with community leaders, governmental departments and officials, UNMISS, youths, local partners, NGOs and any other institutions relevant to the work of WPDI in the former central Equatoria State.
  • Provide support to the Program Manager in South Sudan for the coordination of the implementation of the Youth peacemaker network in the former Central Equatoria State.
  • Provide support and guidance to the TOTs for follow up and implementation of the Youth peacemaker network in Jubek, Terekeka, Lainya and Yei, former counties of the former Central Equatoria State.
  • Work as primary staff with Juba office on any policy or large scale mediation issues.
  • In close cooperation with the Program Manager, prepare yearly plan and budget for follow-up trainings of the youth leaders at the county levels and of the youth participants at the payam levels.
  • Plan, coordinate and execute cultural events where applicable for the public in the former Central Equatoria State to inspire unity and support peace-making efforts.
  • Ensure all the logistical aspects of the organization of the ToT workshops in Juba and at the county levels are well planned.
  • Coordinate with the Program Manager
    and the Ministry of Youth the trainings of youth at the county/payam levels.
  • Provide daily support and guidance to the TOTs for their peace work at the county level and for the implementation of their income generating community projects.
  • Ensure that all the community projects implemented in each county are viable and self-sustainable.
  • Provide regular guidance in peace and business skills to the TOTs and payam youth.
  • Ensure the liaison with WPDI’s office in Juba and keep the program manager and the Executive Director of WPDI informed on the advancement of the program in the former Central Equatoria State.
  • Identify challenges that could occur at the State and County levels that could affect the success of the program and propose solutions.
  • Conduct research and data analysis on the impact of the program at the State, county and payam level.
  • Plan all the logistical aspects of the M&E field trips to be undertaken by external entity/ies.
  • Oversee the role of the Advisory Councils to be established at the county levels and coordinate their interfacing with each other and other existing peace councils.
  • Provide continuous research on the status of conflicts in all counties and states of the former Central Equatoria State.
  • Maintain communication and provide reports on the leadership situation at the county and payam levels including officials who hold government positions and non-official i.e elders and large cattle owners, people of power as well as religious leaders who could have influence on the peace building efforts of WPDI.
  • Support, supervise and oversee the maintenance and activities of the Community Learning Center in Juba.
  • Supervise the establishment and activities of the Community Learning Centers in case they are expanded to other counties of the former Central Equatoria State.
  • Carry out any additional activities that may be assigned by the Executive Director and Program Manager in South Sudan.


  • Advanced university degree in peace studies, business, economics, finance, development, international affairs, political science or related areas covered by the work of the organization
  • Excellent written and spoken English and Juba arabic.
  • At least 2-3 years of progressively responsible relevant experience with preferably professional and field-based experience in peacebuilding, business skills, project implementation and youth empowerment or a related field in South Sudan; keen interest in working with youth leaders; proven ability to work efficiently, under pressure, and in multicultural environment.
  • Recognized experience in leadership and proven ability in driving economic managing programs and activities, relations with high-ranking officials, with adequate knowledge and attention to political sensitivity.
  • Experience in Monitoring and Evaluation Planning

    How to Apply

    Interested applicants, who hold South Sudan citizenship, are invited to submit a cover letter (in English and referencing the Job Announcement) accompanied by a full resume stating details of educational qualifications and working experience, home and office telephone numbers, and a writing sample in English by email as below:

    E-mail: applications@wpdi.org

    Application deadline 29th October, 2018

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