Job Opening

Posting Title: Protection of Civilians Officer
Job Code Title: PROTECTION OF CIVILIANS OFFICER
Department/Office: FIELD MISSIONS ADMINISTERED BY DPKO
Duty Station: GAO
Posting Period: 25 August 2016 - 23 September 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Human Rights Affairs-FMADPKO-64321-R-Gao (M)
Staffing Exercise SE4(POLNET 2016 Semi-Annual 2)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Assessment Period

STANDARD PRE-SELECTION TEST SCHEDULED for 15-17 October 2016.
Eligible applicants will be invited to take a standard pre-selection test, which they will be informed of by email (please make sure your email address in inspira is correct) and/or on the "My Upcoming Test Schedule" page in Inspira. The standard pre-selection test will be given between 10:00 a.m. on 15 October to 9:59 a.m. on 17 October 2016 (EST, New York time). Applicants must complete the test during this 48-hour testing window in order to remain under consideration.

Please go to the following page to learn about the assessment process and the schedule of testing dates:
https://hr.un.org/page/assessment

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Previously rostered candidates who are already on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body, will not be subject to any further assessment and, accordingly, will not be invited to sit for any part of the test or interview.

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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.
Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Protection of Civilians Unit of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Gao. Gao is classified as an "E" hardship duty station and a non-family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Senior Protection of Civilians Advisor through the Head of Office.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was established by Security Council resolution 2100 of 25 April 2013 to support political processes in that country and carry out a number of security-related tasks. By unanimously adopting resolution 2227 of 29 June 2015, the Council further decided that the Mission should focus on duties, such as ensuring security, stabilization and protection of civilians; supporting the implementation of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali; and assisting the reestablishment of State authority, the rebuilding of the security sector, and the promotion and protection of human rights in that country. For more information on the mission mandate visit http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/missions/minusma/

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Coordination and communication
•Support the implementation and review of the mission-wide PoC strategy and local protection action plans in the area of responsibility;
•Provide secretariat support to the regional PoC Task Force;
•Ensure close coordination with relevant PoC partners in the review and implementation of the strategy and local protection plans, including with focal points for child protection and sexual violence in conflict;
•Support the Senior PoC Advisor in strengthening cooperation with relevant protection actors at regional level, including national authorities, civil society, UN agencies and funds and programs with complementary mandates and other relevant partners, including with international security forces and the protection cluster;
•Support Community Liaison Assistants in their daily work; collate and analyze information they submit;
•Work with the regional POC Task Force to provide early warning of POC threats to Head of Office;

Monitoring, analysis and reporting
•Lead or join protection of civilians assessments with other actors;
•Ensure that adequate regional PoC analysis is included in relevant reporting requirements, including SG reports;
•Report on any resource and capability constraints which adversely affect the mission's ability to implement its protection of civilians mandate at regional level; and
•Take responsibility for any POC monitoring and reporting activities in the area of responsibility.

Training
•Support the HOO and the Senior POC Advisor in assessing the training needs on protection of civilians issues within the area of responsibility, and design and support the delivery of tailored POC modules with relevant mission components, in close consultation with the IMTC and the Senior POC Advisor;
•In cooperation with the IMTC and other mission components, ensure adequate training on PoC for Governmental institutions, and
•Provide support as required and undertake other tasks as may be appropriate to the specific context and tasks vis-a-vis PoC.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of issues related to protection and rights of women and children affected by armed conflict. Understanding of international humanitarian and human rights law. Strong analytical skills and excellent skills in drafting a broad range of documents including speeches and reports; ability to review and edit the work of others. Ability to influence others to reach agreement; conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. 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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work

Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.

Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, humanitarian and human rights law, public administration or a related field. 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in political science, humanitarian affairs, human rights, international relations, public administration or related fields at the national and international level, is required. Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict situation is desirable. Experience working on protection of civilians issues is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. Core values and competencies will be assessed throughout the evaluation process.

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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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No Fee

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