Job Opening

Posting Title: ASSOCIATE CHILD PROTECTION OFFICER, NOB
Job Code Title: ASSOCIATE CHILD PROTECTION OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq
Duty Station: BAGHDAD
Posting Period: 15 March 2020 - 29 March 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Human Rights Affairs-UNAMI-133642-R-Baghdad (N)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Child Protection Unit within the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Baghdad. The Associate Child Protection Officer reports to the Child Protection Officer.

Responsibilities

Within the limits of delegated authority, the Associate Child Protection Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Carries out basic research on selected aspects of child protection issues to include collecting, analyzing and presenting statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources to assist in the preparation of advice which may be provided by the senior officer concerns into all aspects of the activities, strategies, policies, and training programs of the peacekeeping operation and assists in the overall implementation of relevant Security Council resolutions(SCRs) on children and armed conflict; where necessary, conduct investigations into grave violations identified by the UN Security Council and other violations committed against children.
• Supports a higher level Professional officer, or works directly with other UN peace operation components, including UN police and military, Human Rights, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), Security Sector Reform (SSR), Rule of Law, to integrate a child-conscious approach in their work.
• Drafts chapters or significant inputs to relevant periodic reports to DPKO or DPA (as relevant) and to the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (SRSG-CAAC), including reports to the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict.
• Drafts assigned segments or chapters for a variety of reports, briefing notes, talking points and other communications to brief senior office staff in compliance with the mission mandate.
• As directed by his/her supervisor, supports the mission in implementing the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) established pursuant to S/RES/1612 (2005) in coordination with the UN Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting.
• Provides assistance to backstopping to Child Protection Unit’s efforts toward the signing and implementation of national action plans to address grave violations against children as called for in SCRs 1539, 1612, 1882 and 1998.
• Liaises with counterparts at the national level, civil society, UN actors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the host government, and relevant coordination mechanisms in providing adequate responses to violations committed against children.
• Participates in field visits and/or joint assessment missions as directed and provides up-to-date information sharing on substantive matters related to the rights of the child.
• Assists in providing training on child rights and child protection to military, police and civilian staff of the mission.
• Provides guidance to new colleagues and may supervise support staff.
• Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Strong research and analytical skills, and ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources; into documents and reports; knowledge of range of human rights/humanitarian law and child protection issues; Exercise sound judgment in safeguarding/disseminating confidential or sensitive information and perform detailed work with a high degree of accuracy. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in sociology, political science, economics, other social science or related fields is required. A first-level or advanced degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s or equivalent) in any fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree in the specified fields of studies.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience at the national level in the human rights field, including the promotion and protection of the rights of the child in accordance with international standards is required.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in both English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of another spoken language in Iraq is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• Recruitment against this position is on a local basis. Candidates for positions in the National Professional Officer categories must be nationals of Iraq.
• The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
• Locally recruited General Service staff members applying for this post must meet the minimum requirements, including academic qualifications and years of relevant experience. Relevant experience in the General Service category at G-6 and G-7 levels may count towards experience requirements.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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