Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Policy and Best Practices Service of the Division of Policy, Evaluation and Training in DPKO/DFS. The Child Protection Officer reports to Deputy Chief of the Service. The Service provides institutional cross-cutting capacity to strengthen peace operations including through doctrine, policies and guidance, forward looking policy research and advice to UN leadership.
Within delegated authority, the Child Protection Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- As part of PBPS' protection team, serve as focal person for child protection issues in UN peace operations, providing advice and guidance on the integration of child protection concerns into the work of peace operations, coordinate substantive and technical aspects on child protection, including backstopping to the field, in line with the DPKO/DFS/DPA child protection policy Security Council resolutions on children and armed conflict.
- Develops, implements and evaluates assigned activities in the area of protection, and specifically child protection in peacekeeping; monitors and analyzes child protection mandate implementation, including in the context of broader protection of civilians efforts, and makes proposals to render mandate implementation more effective; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions.
- Plans and facilitates workshops, and develops action plans to support and enhance the delivery of protection, and particularly child protection, mandates by field missions.
- Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources related to the team’s area of work.
- Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
- Provides input on child protection into cross-cutting guidance, training and planning materials and leads the organization of outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
- Lead coordination with partners in the Secretariat, Agencies, Funds and Programmes as well as other partners in support of the child protection mandate,
- Contributes to knowledge-building related to child protection including lessons learned exercises, generating survey initiatives; designing data collection tools; reviewing, analyzing and interpreting responses, identifying problems/issues and preparing conclusions.
- Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
- Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
- Leads and/or participates in large, complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
- Performs other duties as required.
- Professionalism: Expert knowledge of institutional mandates, organizational structures and policies within the UN, guidelines and methodologies relating to the protection of civilians and more specifically child protection, Knowledge of peacekeeping processes, including on mission planning and management, guidance development, and training Conceptual and strategic analytical capacity and ability to thoroughly analyse and evaluate critical matters pertaining to operational challenges that impact on children in peace operations settings and to provide concrete strategy and policy recommendations for action; Ability to seek new and improved methods of work, to identify best practices and devise approaches to incorporate lessons learned into peace operations actions to protect children; Independent judgment in advising on and handling of major policy, project and other issues/problems; Capacity to maintain effective working partnerships with UN, NGO, civil society, state and/or government stakeholders; 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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; Works with minimal supervision; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, human rights, child rights or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in civilian protection in armed conflict, including specifically working on the promotion and protection of the rights of the child in armed conflict or a related field is required. Experience working in or in support of a peace operation is required. A minimum of two years experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required and French is desirable.
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