Job Opening

Duty Station: Field Locations
Posting Period: 19 January 2017 - 17 February 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Human Rights Affairs-FMADPKO-71915-P- (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

The purpose of this job opening is to deepen the roster of qualified P3 Child Protection Officer candidates in anticipation of vacancies in field mission locations. Please note that Child Protection Officer positions are typically in conflict and post-conflict locations in non-family and/or hardship duty stations. Child Protection Officers may also be housed in camp environments. An updated list of missions and additional information on working in the field can be found at

Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in field and headquarters duty stations in United Nations field Peace Operations and Special Political Missions administered by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) or the Department of Political Affairs (DPA). The Child Protection Officer can be deployed at the sub-national level (outside the capital) in regional field offices and usually reports to and is under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Child Protection Unit, though this may vary depending on the mission structure and location of the post in light of the gradual consolidation of protection functions within human rights components. The focus of these jobs is to support the implementation of the child protection mandate of the mission and the global children and armed conflict in line with the relevant Security Council resolutions and as laid out in the DPKO Policy on Child Protection.


Within delegated authority, the Child Protection Officer will be responsible for the following duties: (These duties are generic depending on the mission’s mandate; thus, all duties may not be performed by individual incumbents.)

•Supports the identification of the protection needs of children in the mission area, and assists the Senior Child Protection Adviser and the mission leadership in devising the mission strategy for the implementation of the child protection mandate of the mission in line with the DPKO Child Protection Policy, the Mission’s mandate and UN Security Council resolutions on Children and Armed Conflict (1261, 1314, 1379, 1460, 1539, 1612, 1882, 1998, 2068, 2143 and 2225);
•Supports the implementation of the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) on the six grave violations and participates in coordination mechanisms with relevant child protection actors inside and outside the mission.
•Supports the mainstreaming of child protection issues into all aspects of the activities, strategies, policies, and training programs of the peace operation and assists in the overall implementation of the Mission’s child protection mandate as well as Security Council resolutions on children and armed conflict;
•Coordinates with all mission components, including UN police and military, Human Rights, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), Security Sector Reform (SSR), Rule of Law, Civil Affairs, Political Affairs, 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;
•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) including but not limited to the Global Horizontal Notes, SG country-specific reports on children and armed conflict and SG annual reports on children and armed conflict;
•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;
•Under the direction of the Chief of Child Protection, 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 rights protection to the military, police and civilian staff of the mission as well as government actors, security institutions, NGOs and civil society;
•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;
•Liaises with national authorities, civil society, UN actors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the host government, and relevant coordination mechanisms in ensuring adequate responses to violations committed against children
•Under the direction of the Chief of Section, liaise with local authorities in his/her area of responsibility on actions taken to prevent and prosecute violations committed against children and follow up on assistance for child victims;
•Provides guidance to and supervises new/more junior staff; 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, the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism, child-sensitive DDR, juvenile justice, legislative, rule of law reforms and gender; Conceptual and strategic analytical capacity and ability to thoroughly analyze and evaluate critical matters pertaining to a broad spectrum of socio-economic issues to assess their impact on children and to provide concrete strategy recommendations to redress situations; Demonstrated original and creative thinking; independent judgment and discretion in advising on and handling of major policy, project and other sensitive information; Ability to seek new and improved methods of work, to share best practices and to incorporate lessons learned; Capacity to maintain effective working relationships with other UN, NGO, state and/or government stakeholders; 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, or other disciplines related to human rights. 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 progressively responsible experience in human rights, civil affairs, political affairs, international relations, international law, promotion and protection of the rights of the child, or a related area is required. Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) – or similar international organization or non-governmental organization – in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English and working knowledge of French is required. Working knowledge of Arabic is desirable. Other UN languages are assets.


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

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.

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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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