Consultant – Security Sector Reform Expert

Location: remote with a possibility of travel

The Carter Center is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering; it seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health. 

With over three decades of working in Sudan, an office in Khartoum, and a broad network of relationships across the 18 states, the Carter Center is now working to support Sudan’s ongoing transition. To assist this support, the Carter Center is seeking a highly qualified individual to serve as a Security Sector Reform Expert. The selected candidate will work remotely and report to the Carter Center’s Conflict Resolution Program and Democracy Program Associate Directors.  

Applicants should have at least 10 years of experience working on security sector reforms within conflict resolution and democratic governance programs. The ideal candidate will have experience working in conflict- or post-conflict countries transitioning to a democratic government, as well as strong knowledge of and experience in Sudan. Expertise in areas including East Sudan, Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan is preferred. Fluency in English is required; Arabic is highly desirable. The position is expected to be remote-based and conducted primarily through desk review, and, if possible, with field-based engagement depending on program contingencies. The analyst will be part of a core team of researchers who will jointly produce a final report with findings at the end of the consultancy. The initial assignment is for three months, beginning in March 2023.

The Security Sector Reform Expert is responsible for understanding and analyzing Sudan’s security sector frameworks and processes, and briefing Carter Center staff and other key stakeholders on security sector reform issues as appropriate. S/he will: 

  • Become familiar with the evolving legal and regulatory framework for Sudan’s security sector contained in documents including the 2019 Constitutional Charter, Juba Peace Agreement, August 2022 draft constitution, and December 2022 Framework Agreement, as well as any other relevant laws and international obligations;
  • Conduct an analysis of the security sector in Sudan to identify recommendations in the context of the evolving constitutional framework and relevant national legislation and international obligations, in areas including disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR), people-centered security reforms, training, representation and professionalism, and transparency;
  • Monitor and assess any evolution of constitutional/legal framework for security sector reform;
  • Assess and track Sudan’s commitment to security sector reform in practice, including its agreement with both relevant national legislation and international obligations for democratic systems by monitoring progress in areas such as implementation of an inclusive and participatory security review process through broad-based engagement of citizens;
  • Support the Youth Citizen Observer Network through thematic analysis on security sector reform to inform regional priorities;
  • Prepare supplemental memos assessing specific constitution-drafting related issues on an “as-needed” basis; Contribute to the preparation of statements of preliminary findings and any of the project’s interim reports;
  • Submit weekly reports on relevant developments as well as to contribute to the writing of a final report with findings due at the end of May 2023, bearing primary responsibility for drafting report sections focused on the legal/constitutional framework; and 
  • Perform other duties as appropriate for the good functioning of the project. 

To be considered for this position, provide your application details and upload a CV/resume and cover letter in support of your application in the following website: Only applications received through this link will be considered: The Carter Center – Sudan 2023 Core Team of Experts Application ( As this is an international assessment, Sudanese nationals are not eligible for this role. Due to the large volume of applicants, only those candidates selected for an interview or additional consideration will be notified by the Center, no phone calls please.

Deadline for submissions: March 3rd, 2023