Child Protection Officer UNSOM, P-4

DATE OF ISSUANCE:   09 Jul 2013
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Field Missions Administered by DPKO
DUTY STATION:   Mogadiscio

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This position is located within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). The Child Protection Officer will be based in Garowe. The Child Protection Officer will report to the Senior Child Protection Officer based in Mogadishu.
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
Under the overall supervision of the Senior Child Protection Officer, the Child Protection Officer will be responsible for the following duties: Identify the protection needs of children in the mission area, including in the newly liberated areas in Somalia, and assist the Senior Child Protection Officer (SCPO) in devising UNSOM’s strategy for the implementation of the child protection mandate; Act as the primary interface between the Mission and child protection actors on the ground and work to leverage, as appropriate, political and other Mission resources to prevent and address violations of children's rights; Supervise and support other Child Protection Officers in conducting field investigations and collecting reliable and accurate and timely data regarding the six grave violations against children identified by the UN Security Council and any other violations committed against children and, where necessary, participate in relevant field missions; Ensure that the SCPO is apprised of the full array of child rights and protection issues and how they are being addressed; Assist the SCPO in ensuring that child rights, protection and well-being of children are addressed in all aspects of the Mission’s actions, including with regard to peace consolidation, reconstruction, and ensure that the rights of children are on the agendas of all relevant conflict resolution and peacebuilding entities, UN coordination mechanisms, international and local NGOs and the international donor community; Contribute to the design and implementation of policy and programme changes to address country and/or regional child protection concerns; Help ensure that child rights and protection concerns are reflected in national policies and receive appropriate resources; Work closely with other UNSOM components, including the police and military, Human Rights, Women Protection Advisors, Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR), Security Sector Reform (SSR) and Rule of Law, to integrate a child-conscious approach in their work and promote the mainstreaming of child protection concerns into UNSOM’s work, including through delivery of training to all peacekeeping personnel; coordinate the preparation of regular and timely reporting on child protection issues to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (SRSG-CAAC), including, but not limited to, the Global Horizontal Notes, country-specific Secretary-General (SG) reports on CAAC, and the annual SG report on CAAC; Ensure relevant follow up to Security Council Resolutions (SCRs) and, where relevant, the conclusions of the Security Council working group on CAAC; Support the UN Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting (“Task Force”) to ensure System-wide reporting on the six grave violations, in conjunction with UN partners, NGOs and other actors as appropriate; as appropriate, support the Task Force in establishing dialogue with perpetrators of grave violations against children and developing strategies/mechanisms to end violations against children through the signing and implementation of action plans mandated by SCRs 1612 (2005), 1882 (2009) and 1998 (2011); Establish and maintain close liaison with UNICEF and the UN Country Team (UNCT), as well as with other experts and stakeholders (including host governments, the UN system and other international organizations, NGOs, the private sector, research institutes, etc); Prepare monthly reports on the Child Protection Section’s activities and support the preparation of the Section's input(s) to other relevant reports; Represent the Mission in relevant inter-agency coordination mechanisms related to CAAC, including but not limited to the UNCT, Humanitarian and Protection Working Groups, to ensure adequate response to violations committed against children; Perform other related duties as required.

PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrated 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-sensitive 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 ability to think creatively and exercise 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; Ability to seek new and improved methods of work, to share best practices and to incorporate lessons learned in the work of the human rights component; 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 & 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 social sciences, international law, international relations, or a related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international levels in the human rights field, political affairs, international relations, law, including in the promotion and protection of the rights of the child in accordance with international standards, and including at least three years at the international level, 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 required. Experience managing a team is desirable. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first-level university degree recognised by the United Nations.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

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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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