Job Opening

Department/Office: Office of the IIIM-SYRIA
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 26 October 2021 - 09 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Human Rights Affairs-IIIM-SYRIA-166714-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is within the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011 (Mechanism) located in Geneva, Switzerland. The post reports to the Deputy Head of the IIIM.


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

•Identifies the relevant protection needs of children in the Syrian Arab Republic and other relevant countries and contributes to the Mechanism leadership’s efforts to devise a strategy concerning crimes against and effecting children.
•Ensures that the Mechanism leadership and staff are apprised of the full array of relevant child rights and protection issues and how they may be addressed.
•Assists the leadership to ensure that the rights, protection and well-being of children are addressed in all aspects of the Mechanism’s work , and to ensure that the rights of children are on the agendas of all relevant entities, including UN mechanisms, international and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the international donor community.
• Provides leadership, guidance, and overall supervision to the staff working on the strategy on crimes against and affecting children as assigned.
•Manages, guides, develops and coaches new and junior staff.
•Participates in the recruitment of new staff and manages staff performance.
•Assists with formulating the work plan, budget and medium-term plan to implement the strategy on crimes against and affecting children and participates in the overall formulation and approval of the work plan, and administrative matters concerning the Office of the Assistant-Secretary General or Mechanism.
•Works with other UN entities to integrate a child-conscious approach; Ensures follow-up on relevant Security Council resolutions (SCRs) on children and armed conflict, and, where relevant, the conclusions of the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict.
•Oversees the collection of and/or collects reliable, accurate and timely data on and, where necessary, supports investigations into violations committed against children.
•Assists the Mechanism’s leadership to advocate for the allocation of funds or technical support to address crimes against and affecting children as well as for child-sensitive humanitarian and development programmes.
•Mainstreams child protection concerns into the work of the Mechanism and provides training on child rights and child protection to all personnel.
•Engages with relevant national actors to promote inclusion of rights and protection of children in national approaches and advocates with national actors for the allocation of national resources to this end.
•Contributes to the design and implementation of policy and programme changes to address country and/or regional child protection concerns.
•Establishes and maintains partnerships with other experts and stakeholders (including, the UN system and other international organizations, NGOs, the private sector, research institutes, etc.) to discuss emerging topics related to child protection; Advocates with appropriate national government authorities in order to ensure adequate responses to violations committed against children.
•Acts as the primary interface between the Mechanism and child protection actors in field locations and works to leverage, as appropriate, political and other resources of the mission to prevent and address violations of children's rights.
•As assigned, represents the Mechanism in relevant inter-agency coordination mechanisms, especially to ensure adequate response to violations committed against children in armed conflict.
• Upon request, ensures timely reporting on child protection issues.
•Performs other duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of institutional mandates, organizational structures and policies within the UN, guidelines and methodologies relating to child protection including the legal framework for the protection of children, relevant Security Council resolutions and mandates related to children and armed conflict, and the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism. In-depth knowledge of child rights and child protection issues in the Syrian Arab Republic. Demonstrated experience engaging with key stakeholders working on these issues in the Syrian context, including States, UN entities, other international organizations, and Syrian civil society organizations. Demonstrated original and creative thinking in formulating intersectional policies and approaches to seeking justice and accountability for crimes against and affecting children. Ability to seek new and improved methods of work, to share best practices and to incorporate lessons learned. 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.

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.

PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.


An advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in political science, international relations, law, human rights, social sciences or related fields is required. A first-level or advanced degree (Bachelor's or equivalent) in any fields of studies in combination with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree in the specified fields of study.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international levels, at least three of which at the international level, in human rights, fact-finding political affairs, international relations, or law, including in the promotion and protection of the rights of the child in accordance with international standards, is required.

Experience integrating a child-sensitive approach into work to address crimes against and affecting children is desirable.

Experience working in or in support of international accountability mechanisms is desirable.

Experience in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.

Experience in working on child rights issues in the Syrian context is desirable.

Experience integrating an intersectional approach to addressing crimes against children is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

Fulfillment of the responsibilities of this position may necessitate engagement with material and/or information that may be distressing.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities maybe provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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