Job Opening

Posting Title: PROTECTION OF CIVILIANS OFFICER, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: PROTECTION OF CIVILIANS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic
Duty Station: BANGUI
Posting Period: 06 April 2018 - 12 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Human Rights Affairs-MINUSCA-95721-J-Bangui (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located within the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central Africa Republic (MINUSCA). The Protection of Civilians Officer will be based in Bangui and reports to the Senior Protection of Civilians Officer.

Responsibilities

The Protection of Civilians Officer will support the implementation of the Mission's mandate for the protection of civilians. The POC Officer will perform a coordination, analytical, and monitoring and reporting role. Specifically, s/he will be responsible for working with mission components and the Head of Office to develop and regularly update the POC threat assessment for the area of responsibility; assist in establishment and provide secretariat services to POC coordination structures at the field level and ensure their functioning; contribute to the development of the mission-wide POC strategy and local protection plans; coordinate the activities of local joint protection teams (JPTs); support the working level PoC Working Group; and work with Community Liaison Assistants. The POC Officer will also support efforts to ensure that protection of civilians concerns are appropriately mainstreamed within mission components at the field level. Within delegated authority, the Protection of Civilians Officer P3 will be responsible for the
following roles and duties:
Coordination and communication
•Support the development and implementation of the mission-wide PoC strategy and local protection plans in the area of responsibility; including local contingency plans, early warning and POC priority matrices
•Provide secretariat support to the operational level PoC Working Group and the Senior Management Group on Protection (SMG-P);
•Ensure close coordination with relevant PoC partners in the development and implementation of the strategy and local protection plans, including with focal points for child protection and sexual violence in conflict;
•Support PoC Advisor in strengthening cooperation with relevant protection actors, 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 to Civil Affairs Section and promote CLA work and ensure they are incorporated into training and support to FOs etc..
•Work closely with Force and UNPOL in HQ to provide early warning of POC threats to Head of Office and support JOC in information triangulation, monitoring, analysis and reporting
•Work with Field Offices and Sections to ensure that Joint Protection Teams and Joint assessment missions reports JPTs/ JAM, are circulated within protection actors and that recommendations are followed up at the respective level including at HQ
•Ensure that adequate 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; and •Take responsibility for any POC monitoring and reporting activities in the area of responsibility.
•Work closely with Human rights Section in the monitoring of the International Humanitarian law violations and contribute to the work on Human rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP).
Training
•Support POC Unit in assessing the training needs on protection of civilians issues within the mission, and design and support the delivery of tailored POC modules with relevant mission components, in close consultation with the IMTC;
•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-à-vis PoC.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Thorough knowledge of and significant practical experience with 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 influence others to reach agreement; ability to review and edit the work of others; conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate with counterparts across both inter office and organizational boundaries. Ability to work in support of, and in cooperation with, others. Ability to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan and those under his/her supervision. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

•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 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

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, humanitarian and human rights law, public administration or related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree

Work Experience

A minimum of 5 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. Advisory skills are required. Experience in post-conflict countries or in a peacekeeping operation is required. Previous experience working on protection of civilians issues and within the region could be an advantage.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this post advertised, fluency in both oral and written English and French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an asset.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

Notes:

•This Temporary Job Opening is being posted for 7 days and is open to external candidates.

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