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Child Protection Officer, P-4
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   20 Sep 2012
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo
DUTY STATION:   Kinshasa

The Child Protection Officer, P-4 is based in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which is a non-family duty station. The Child Protection Officer reports to the MONUSCO Senior Child Protection Officer.
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Within delegated authority and under the direct supervision of the Senior Child Protection Officer, the Child Protection Officer will be responsible for the following duties: Identify the protection needs of children affected by armed conflict (CAAC) within the area of responsibility (Goma, DRC, and North and South Kivu, and assists the Senior Child Protection Officer in devising the mission strategy for the implementation of the MONUSCO child protection mandate in line with the DPKO Child Protection Policy; Ensures that the Senior Child Protection Officer and Head of Office are apprised of the full array of child rights and protection issues and how they are being addressed; Assists to ensure that the child rights, protection and well-being of children are a priority throughout the peacekeeping process, the consolidation of peace and the rebuilding of the region (North and South Kivu) and to ensure that the rights of children are on the agendas of all relevant peace-making and peace-building commissions and bodies as well as UN coordination mechanisms, international and local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the international donor community; Advises the Head of Office of the Goma regional MONUSCO office and other mission components to ensure that all key actors and mechanisms incorporate a child-conscious approach, ensure follow-up to relevant UN Security Council resolutions, and where relevant the conclusions of the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict; Assists the Senior Child Protection Officer and Head of Office to identify resources and to advocate for funding or technical support for child-conscious programmes, in particular to humanitarian assistance and development programmes for children identified by the UN Country Team (UNCT) and/or other competent bodies; Prioritise areas for intervention include mainstreaming child protection concerns into the work of the mission, providing training on child protection to peacekeeping personnel, engaging in dialogue with parties to end the recruitment and use of children by armed forces and groups and other grave violations, and implementing the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) under UN Security Council Resolutions 1612 (2005), 1882 (2009) and 1998 (2011) with the UN MRM Task Forces; Co-chairs the regional MRM task force at technical level and ensures mission-wide reporting on CAAC violations in conjunction with UN partners, NGOs and other actors as appropriate; Pro-actively, in coordination with the Senior Child Protection Officer, Head of Office and the UN MRM Task Forces, engages in dialogue with violators of children's rights to develop strategies/mechanisms to end violations against children, especially contributing to the signing and implementation of action plans; Contributes to the design and implementation of significant policy and programme changes to address national and/or regional child protection concerns; Establishes and maintains partnerships with other experts and stakeholders (e.g., host governments, the UN system and other international organizations, NGOs, the private sector, research institutes, etc.) to discuss emerging topics related to child protection; Ensures the participation of the MONUSCO Child Protection Section in relevant inter-agency coordination mechanisms, including but not limited to the UNCT, humanitarian cluster, and protection cluster, especially to ensure adequate response to violations committed against children in armed conflict; Acts as the primary interface between MONUSCO and child protection actors on the ground and works to leverage, as appropriate, political and other resources of the mission to prevent and address violations of children's rights; Prepares daily and weekly reports on the activities of the section and supervises the preparation of the section's input to relevant reports to the Security Council and reporting requirements of the DPKO Child Protection Policy; Functions as the Child Protection Team Leader in Goma: Provides leadership, guidance, and overall supervision to of the Child Protection staff; Formulates 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 section or mission; Performs other duties as required.

PROFESSIONALISM: Expert 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 on child protection, the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM), child-conscious Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (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 issues/problems; Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment;; Capacity to maintain effective working relationships with other UN, NGO, state and/or government stakeholders; 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. 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) preferably in law, political science, international relations or related field. A first-level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible professional experience at the national or international levels in the child protection or human rights fields is required. Experience with an international organisation, field experience in a conflict or post-conflict context outside the country of nationality or birth, preferably with a peacekeeping operation, is desirable.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in oral and written English and French, with strong emphasis on drafting skills, is required.

Other Skills

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).   English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.



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