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Within the framework of “Technical Support to the Civil Registry Department on Identity Management in South Sudan” (hereinafter the project) funded by the Government of Japan, IOM South Sudan will be hiring Identity Management Consultant(s) to draft evidence-based Standard Operating Procedures on Identity Management, produce training modules, train and mentor government officers. The consultant(s) are expected to deliver the outputs within 4 months of project implementation period.
About The Project
Following the request of the Government of South Sudan to strengthen the capacity of the Directorate of Civil Registry, Nationality, Passport and Immigration (DCRNPI) and to assist in the development of its Civil Registry Act of 2018, particularly Chapter VI, Article 33 and 34, which focuses on Identity Management, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will implement a project that aims to strengthen the Government’s capacity to manage and maintain its Civil Registry.
The project will address issues related to lack of systems in managing personal identification systems of citizens, stateless persons, and foreign residents, resulting in their limited access to services, protection, and civil rights. The project will also ensure full participation of the DCRNPI through the establishment of a technical working committee for the development of operating guidelines for identity management. These guidelines will enable civil registry officers to better manage their public services and to exercise government duties to protect their citizens and residents. It builds upon the successful implementation of the previous IOM-implemented project funded by the Government of Japan, which provided technical assistance to DCRNPI through training and technical support, including the building with 17 office units for civil registry purposes which was handed over to DCRNPI in December 2019.
The overall objective of the project is to enhance the institutional capacity of DCRNPI, particularly the Civil Registry Office, in increasing access to personal identification systems for citizens and foreign residents of South Sudan. The Outcome is for DCRNPI to have the operational capacity to ensure Citizens and Residents access to legal identity as a means to protect economic, and social rights of citizens and residents. The project is expected to deliver below outputs:
Output: Evidence-based operating Guidelines are developed, tested, and endorsed
IOM will conduct an assessment, which will include a desk review of relevant international and national literature, to include an analysis of the national regulatory framework relevant to the development of the SOP, and a field assessment looking into the good practices in the region in the areas of identity management system. It will be essential that the Working Committee is able to learn from a country with an established system on identity management. Conducting a consultative workshop and training for the working group, whereby an IOM identity expert will train participants on standard principles of identity management, etc. Following the workshop, the IOM technical specialist will provide training to the working group on international best practices, norms and principles on identity management.
The cumulative effects of years of violent conflict have taken a significant toll on the people of South Sudan. As of November 2019, nearly 3.6 million people (over a third of the country’s population) had been displaced, many of them experiencing recurrent displacement. About 2.3 million have fled to neighbouring countries, while 1.4 million continue to be displaced within South Sudan, of whom 181,000 are hosted in Upper Nile. South Sudan continues to face diverse migration and mobility challenges, as it is a country of both origin and destination, as well as a country of transit migration. The prospect of hope provided by the Revitalized Agreement has encouraged spontaneous return movements of both IDPs and refugees, and created a more stable environment to address issues of migration at the national level.
The interim constitution of South Sudan in 2005 ensures citizens have access to the equal protection of the law without discrimination, it also emphasizes that every citizens has the right to freedom of movement and the liberty to choose his or her residence, except reasons of public health and safety which are regulated by law. Ultimately, the Nationality Act and Nationality Regulations set the criteria and procedures for acquiring nationality and obtaining nationality documents, which enable citizens to access protection and exercise their rights (i.e. voting). The Civil Registry Act 2018, sets provisions on the identity systems that allow citizens and residents of South Sudan to enjoy a meaningful life in South Sudan. There are a number of communities from neighbouring countries are currently living and working in South Sudan i.e Kenyans, Congolese, Central African Republic, Ugandans, Ethiopians, Sudanese. There are also nationalities from Lebanon, India, China and others who have chosen South Sudan as their residency. The statistics of migrants’ population remain unknown as there has not been any comprehensive systems to properly records migrants stocks.
Currently, the lack of identity management hampers both the citizens and migrants’ access to services and protection. Many South Sudanese citizens and migrants have limited access to their civil rights due to a lack of personal identification systems, thus losing the opportunity to meaningfully engage in their rights which should be protected by the state. While the lack of nationality certification should not be equated to statelessness, both have similar repercussions in the context of South Sudan, leading to the loss of access to basic rights and services, such as opening a bank account or registering for school, and often times incur financial costs, including migration fees. Additionally, the right to protection is affected with the lack of nationality certificates, leading to fear of arrest or forced eviction from housing, highlighting the uncertainty of those without formal nationality certificates. Although the GoSS has purchased identity management equipment and has the legal framework within the Civil Registry Act 2018, they are unable to operationalize identity management without operating guidelines. This project responds to the development of operating guidelines to interpret the legal framework (civil registry act) to be operational.
Access to personal identification is a prerequisite to human security, a belief that human beings, irrespective of where he or she is born, is entitled to live a healthy, dignified, and fulfilling life. Governments have the obligation to ensure this is met.
The general objective of this consultancy is provision of identity management technical support to the government of South Sudan.
Scope of the Consultancy
Tangible and measurable outputs of the work assignment including delivery schedules & payment
The consultancy services will be required over 4 months and payment will be made per % of the total cost of the consultancy
Submission of Final SOP which includes; 1 (one) consultation sessions completion Report and 1 (one) dry run report
Training Materials Submission
Training Report Submission
Performance indicators for evaluation of results (value of services rendered in relation to their cost).
Required Qualifications and Experience:
A Master’s Degree in international development, public policy, law, social sciences or another field related to the services.**
Fluency in English is required.