Job Opening

Posting Title: CHILD PROTECTION OFFICER, P3
Job Code Title: CHILD PROTECTION OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic
Duty Station: BANGUI
Posting Period: 05 September 2022 - 04 October 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Human Rights Affairs-MINUSCA-185764-R-Bangui (M)
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 of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The Child Protection Officer acts as a Reporting Officer and reports to the Chief of the Unit.

Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of the Child Protection Unit and within the limits of delegated authority, the Child Protection Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Supports the mainstreaming child protection 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;
• 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;
• Researches, collects reliable, accurate and timely data on and, where necessary, conduct investigations into the six grave violations identified by the UN Security Council and other violations committed against children;
• Supports the work of the Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting (CTFMR) by ensuring its secretariat through the coordination of its meetings and follow-up activities and facilitates meetings of the Joint Technical Working Group on the implementation of the MRM.
• On behalf of the CTFMR Secretariat, coordinates and prepares Security Council reports, including the quarterly Global Horizontal Note (GHN) for the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, periodic country situation reports on children and armed conflict, and contributions to the Secretary-General’s Annual Reports on CAAC. Also provides timely 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);
• Ensures timely delivery of a variety of reports, briefing notes, talking points and any other communications to brief senior mission staff in compliance with the mission mandate;
• Supports the mission in implementing the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) established pursuant to S/RES/1612 (2005) in coordination with the CTFMR, manages the MRM data base, and liaises with other UN monitoring and reporting mechanisms in-country, such as the MARA on conflict related sexual violence and the Human Rights Division to ensure information flow, harmonization of information and standards and procedures;
• Provides appropriate 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;
• Provides training on child rights and child protection to military, police and civilian staff of the mission and conducts ongoing refresher training for relevant humanitarian clusters and sub-clusters on MRM;
• Liaises with national authorities, civil society, UN actors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the host government, in advocating the mission's defined objectives with relevant coordination mechanisms in ensuring adequate responses to violations committed against children;
• Undertakes field visits and/or joint assessment missions as directed and ensures up-to-date information sharing on substantive matters related to the rights of the child;
• Provides guidance to and may supervise new/more junior staff;
• Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

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, the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism, child sensitive DDR, juvenile justice, legislative, rule of law reforms and gender; 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.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, law, human rights, social sciences or a related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international levels in human rights, 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 in the use of monitoring and reporting tools on child violations such as the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) is desirable.

Experience working in or in support of a field operation of the United Nations Common System (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) or a comparable international organization is desirable .

Experience in analyzing socio-economic, political and security information impacting on the protection of children is desirable.

Experience in drafting analytical high level reports on child rights such as Global Horizontal Notes is desirable.

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

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in both English and French is required.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

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.

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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