Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Child Protection Section of United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Juba. Juba is classified in the "E" category and as a non-family duty station. The incumbent will report directly to the Chief of Child Protection.
Within the limits of delegated authority, the Child Protection Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Identifies the protection needs of children in the mission area, and contributes to 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;
- Ensures that the mission leadership is apprised of the full array of child rights and protection issues and how they are being addressed;
- Assists mission leadership to ensure that the child rights, protection and well-being of children are addressed in all aspects of the UN mission’s actions, including with regard to peace consolidation, reconstruction, and to ensure that the rights of children are on the agendas of all relevant conflict resolution and peacebuilding entities, UN coordination mechanisms, international and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the international donor community;
- Assists the Chief Child Protection, to ensure that the protection, rights and well-being of children are mainstreamed, included and addressed in all aspects of the UNSOM’s activities, policies and strategic planning processes;
- Guides, develops and coaches new and junior staff;
- Contributes to formulation of the work plan, budget and medium-term plan of the unit and participates in the overall formulation and approval of the work plan, and administrative matters concerning the unit or mission;
- Works with relevant UNMISS components, including UN police and military, Human Rights, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), Security Sector Reform (SSR) and Rule of Law, Political Affairs, to integrate child protection in their work, activities and strategies;
- Ensures follow-up on roles and mandates in relevant Security Council resolutions (SCRs) on children and armed conflict, and, where relevant, the conclusions of the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict;
- Under the guidance of the Chief, oversees the collection of and/or collects reliable, accurate and timely data on and, where necessary, conducts investigations into the six grave violations identified by the UN Security Council and other violations committed against children;
- Engages in dialogue with parties to end grave violations against children by armed forces and groups, and where relevant, implements the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) under S/RES/1612 (2005) through the country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting, and co-chair the country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting at the technical level and ensure mission-wide reporting on the six grave violations in conjunction with UN partners, NGOs and other actors as appropriate;
- In coordination with the mission’s senior leadership and the UN Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting, engages in dialogue with perpetrators of grave violations against children and develops strategies/mechanisms to end violations against children through the signing and implementation of national action plans to address grave violations against children as mandated in SCRs 1539, 1612, 1882 and 1998;
- Engages with national actors to promote inclusion of rights and protection of children in national policies and advocate with national actors for the allocation of national resources to this end;
- Contributes to the design and implementation of policy and programme changes to address country and/or regional child protection concerns;
- Establishes and maintains partnerships with other experts and stakeholders (including host governments, the UN system and other international organizations, NGOs, the private sector, research institutes, etc) to discuss emerging topics related to child protection;
- Advocates with appropriate national government authorities in order to ensure adequate responses to violations committed against children;
- Supports the implementation of the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) under S/RES/1612 (2005) including co-chairing with UNICEF the Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting (CTFMR) on grave violations against children at the technical level, and supporting senior mission leadership in co-chairing with the UNICEF Representative the CTFMR at the principal level;
- Ensures and coordinates the mission’s delivery on mission-wide monitoring and reporting of the six grave violations against children identified by the UN Security Council, in conjunction with the CTFMR and other relevant actors as appropriate;
- Performs other duties as required.
- Professionalism: Knowledge of issues related to protection and rights of children affected by armed conflict. Demonstrated analytical skills and excellent skills in drafting a broad range of documents including speeches and reports. 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;
- 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 & 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.
- An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, law, human rights, social sciences or a 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international levels, at least three of which at the international level, 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 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 is required.
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