Org. Setting and Reporting
This post is located in the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (SRSG OSRSG-CAAC). The mandate and work of the office derives from General Assembly Resolution 51/77 and subsequent General Assembly resolutions, as well as successive Security Council resolutions on children and armed conflict. The incumbent will report to the SRSG OSRSG-CAAC.
Under the direct supervision of the SRSG-CAAC, the Chief of Section (Monitoring, Regional Partnerships & Reporting) will be responsible for the following.
•Provides policy guidance to the SRSG CAAC on possible regional partnerships for development and regional and programmes of action on CAAC issues.
•Plans and oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Section with particular reference to monitoring and reporting, and expanding the scope of cooperation with regional and sub-regional organizations; ensures that substantive work programmes and programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion, in particular coordinating the monitoring and reporting activities of the Section.
•Manages, supervises and carries out the work programme of the Section under his/her responsibility with particular reference to monitoring and reporting and developing regional programmes.
•Provides substantive input in the preparation of position papers and reports such as country specific reports of the Secretary-General, the Global Horizontal Note and other products required by the reporting team; provides programmatic/substantive reviews of drafts prepared by others.
•Ensures that the outputs produced by the Section maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the Section under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
•Manages the monitoring and reporting teams and guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.
•Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Section and across the Office.
•Represents the SRSG-CAAC as required on substantive-issues related to monitoring, regional partnerships and reporting.
•Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise on issues related to CAAC, and serves as the principle liaison with regional organizations and offices.
•Professionalism: Knowledge of the work of intergovernmental bodies, the work of the United Nations and its related bodies concerned with human rights monitoring, analysis and reporting and familiarity with child protection issues in conflict settings. Knowledge of peacekeeping, conflict and post-conflict contexts. Ability to evaluate international political situations in area of CAAC and provide a specialized capacity for the development of regional programmes. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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.
•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& 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.
•Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
•Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business or public administration, finance, accounting, law, international relations or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten years’ of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, conflict resolution or related area is required. Experience in the coordination of regional operations and activities with reference to peace and security, humanitarian, or protection mandates in conflict or post-conflict settings is required. Experience in the oversight of information collection and specialized monitoring and reporting on various aspects of peace and security, humanitarian, or protection agendas within the UN system, or comparable international organizations, is required. Experience working in different geographic regions affected by conflict on child protection concerns is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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.
Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move(s) requirements, or geographical to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral or geographical move(s) in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.
The United Nations is Secretariat and is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for these positions.
For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 November 2017, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Viet Nam.
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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.
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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