Job Opening

Posting Title: Child Participation Expert
Department/Office: Department of Operational Support
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 12 May 2022 - 18 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Department of Operational Support-181283-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Conduct activities related to the mandate’s participation strategy for preventing and reporting violence against children. Co-lead Protection Through Online Participation (POP). Digital version of participation mapping updated. Documentation of industry engagement, and in depth case studies.

Work Location

Remote and New York

Expected duration

One year

Duties and Responsibilities

Guided by General Assembly resolution 62/141, in which the Assembly established the mandate, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children is a global, independent advocate for the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against children. Realizing every child’s right to grow up free from all forms of violence is a fundamental thrust of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and its Optional Protocols. Participation is one of the four core principles of the CRC. The work of the Special Representative is based on a holistic and child-rights centered approach that emphasizes the role of children as agents of change and their capacity for leadership in building a world free from violence. Child participation takes place in a rapidly changing world where almost the universal access to information and communication technology enables children to communicate with each other beyond any geographical or cultural barrier and provides real-time access to what is going on in the world. One of the main problems identified, is that - for multiple reasons - children aren’t always successful in driving their participation towards change and positive outcomes for themselves and their peers.
The aim of this consultancy is twofold:
• First, to continue implementing the mandate’s child participation strategy (including
mapping child led actions to grow the mandate’s digital participation map, develop child
friendly versions of the mandate’s reports, activate intergenerational dialogues between
children and the Special Representative, and implement the Special Representative’s
briefings with children on the margins of the UN General Assembly, and the Human Rights
Council).
• Second, to coordinate the implementation of POP, by taking forward the initiative’s goals,
growing its network of partners, supporting the development of a digital map, and
conducting a deep content analysis of children’s online engagements.

Under the guidance of the Special Representative, the Consultant will:

Co-lead the POP ITU – Office of the SRSG-VAC project:
• Coordinate implementation of POP, including mapping the information, partnering with
children and young people to map child and youth led actions, activating an industry
engagement strategy, developing a digital platform to host the collected data, identifying
lessons learned, evaluating services, conducting a deep content analysis of children’s
engagements online, develop a report with recommendations for activating and improving
these services, representing the initiative, and permanently growing the network of
partners.
• Co-develop a participation website targeting children and young people.

Work with children, amplifying their actions, and documenting good practices
• Quarterly collect children’s actions globally and make them available through the
mandate’s digital participation map.
• Include children’s participation at events organized or co-organized by the mandate during
high level moments (HLPF / UNGA).
• Support UN led working groups into including children’s participation and mainstreaming
children’s rights.
• Act as bridgebuilders between children who are leading meaningful participation actions
around VAC, to facilitate cultural exchange, information sharing, and project scale ups.
• Support partnerships around child participation with mandate’s civil society partners such
a WOSM, and CovidUnder19.
• Document the process of children’s participation in country milestones, such as the drafting
of Chile’s new constitution.
• Develop child-friendly assets to empower children with information.
• Organize SRSG’s briefings with children around the UN General Assembly, and Human
Rights Council.
• Organize interactive dialogues between children and the SRSG.

Develop partnerships with key stakeholders within the UN and with CSOs
• Position children’s participation as a key component of major youth led organizations
approach towards preventing, addressing and reporting VAC.
• Advocate for the inclusion of children’s participation in youth-connected agencies within the
UN.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Master’s degree on any of the following fields: social and behavioral sciences, communications, language and literature, social sciences, information sciences, philosophy and anthropology.
Skills: - Strong communication and writing skills.
- Sound knowledge of ICTs and web-based platforms.
Experience: A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area. Experience in the field of child rights and child protection is required.
- Experience working with children and youth groups.
- Experience working on violence against children related issues.
- Demonstrated experience on previous publications
Language: Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Fluency and excellent drafting skills in English. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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