Job Opening

Posting Title: Child Protection Officer, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: CHILD PROTECTION OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Peace Operations
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 11 January 2022 - 24 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Human Rights Affairs-DPO-168679-J-New York (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 located in the Policy and Best Practices Service (PBPS) of the Division of Policy, Evaluation and Training (DPET) in the Department of Peace Operations (DPO). The Child Protection Officer reports to the Team Leader of the Child Protection Team and works in close coordination with the Conflict Related Sexual Violence and Protection of Civilians teams in the protection pillar.

DPO provides political and executive direction to UN Peacekeeping operations around the world and maintains contact with the Security Council, troop and financial contributors, and parties to the conflict in the implementation of Security Council mandates. The Department works to integrate the efforts of UN, governmental and non-governmental entities in the context of peacekeeping operations.

The Policy, Evaluation and Training Division (DPET) is mandated to develop and disseminate the policy and doctrine guiding the work of United Nations peacekeeping. In addition, the division has the responsibility to evaluate, at the request of the heads of the departments, how those policies are being applied, gather lessons learned and best practices, and use that information to guide the development, coordination and delivery of standardized training, so as to complete the learning cycle. DPET is also responsible for developing and maintaining strategic cooperation with various UN and external partners.

Responsibilities

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

• Gathers, selects and analyses information on child protection contained in communications and publications received from different sources.
• Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues, in general, and in particular as they affect the implementation of the Department of Peace Operations (DPO's) child protection mandate and the Children and Armed Conflict agenda of the UN Security Council.
• Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments in the area of assignment and timely provides inputs to senior officials and colleagues in missions and elsewhere in the Secretariat, including through data visualization, statistics and info graphics.
• Monitors political developments at the international, regional and national level and provides advice to DPO leadership and field missions on their impact on the implementation of the child protection mandate in peacekeeping.
• Provides technical and substantive back up in the implementation of DPO's children protection mandate, including through the organization of workshops and seminars.
• Supports the development, review, roll-out and evaluation of DPO policies, guidelines and training materials on child protection, including through organization of workshops and seminars.
• Prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, documenting lessons learned and best practices, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, info graphics, etc.
• Coordinates and works closely with PBPS’ Conflict-Related Sexual Violence, Protection of Civilians and other relevant teams in the development of cross cutting guidance on protection issues and approaches in DPO.
• Maintains productive working relations, and liaises on a regular basis, with other sectors of the UN (e.g. OMA, PD, DPPA, OSRSG-CAAC, UNICEF), international and regional organizations and Member States on child protection coordination, training and policy matters.
• Monitors actions taken by intergovernmental groups, UN entities, Member States and non-governmental organizations, and liaises constructively with the relevant stakeholders accordingly.
• Participates in fact-finding, assessment, support and other missions to countries within assigned area of responsibility.
• Prepares meetings of the SG/DSG/USG with officials from countries and organizations under the Organization's purview.
• Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Knowledge of the international peacekeeping architecture and of DPO's child protection mandate. Ability to identify and analyze political, ethnic, racial, social and economic problems that impact child protection. 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

• 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.•Planning & 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, human rights, humanitarian law, law, or other related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in international human rights and humanitarian law, political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, conflict resolution or related area is required.

At least one year of field experience in child protection with an international field mission, an international agency, fund or programme or another international or non-governmental organization is required.

Experience in liaising and/or advocating with Member States and/or experience in policy and guidance development is required.

At least one year of experience on data analytics and visualization is highly desirable.

Languages

The working languages of the UN Secretariat are English and French. Fluency in English and French (both oral and written) is required; fluency in a third UN official language is highly desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available effective 5 January 2022 for a period based on the donor funding availability. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

• Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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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No Fee

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