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Senior Child Protection Officer UNSOM, P-5 (Cancelled)
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   17 Jul 2013
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Field Missions Administered by DPKO
DUTY STATION:   Mogadiscio

This position is located within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). The Senior Child Protection Officer will be based in Mogadishu. The Senior Child Protection Officer will report to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) through the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG-P).
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 Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (Political), the Senior Child Protection Officer will be responsible for the following duties: Ensure that the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), and the Mission’s senior leadership team are fully appraised of the full array of child rights and protection issues and how they are being addressed. Assist the UNSOM Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) to ensure that protection of child rights and needs of children affected by armed conflict are prioritized and streamlined throughout the mission’s activities, as well as in national peacebuilding and peace consolidation processes; Assist the DSRSG to identify resources and to advocate that they be directed to gaps in funding or technical support for child-conscious programmes; Advocate for an appropriate national mechanism or process to ensure that child protection concerns are reflected in national priority-setting, policy-making and resource-allocation; Support the implementation of the two action plans to end recruitment and use of children and killing and maiming of children, signed by the Somali National Armed Forces; Support the SRSG in his/her capacity as Co-chair of the Monitoring and Reporting task force pursuant to Security Council Resolution 1612 and ensure System-wide reporting on the six grave violations against children in cooperation with UNICEF and other UN partners, NGOs and other actors as appropriate; Report on a regular basis to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict and to UNICEF Headquarters on the main activities of the Child Protection Section of the Mission; Establish partnerships with and serve as principal liaison to relevant national authorities, UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, the donor community, and international and local NGOs on child protection issues and ensure that child protection concerns remain on their agenda; Make substantive contributions to the design and implementation of significant policies and programmes to address country and/or regional child protection concerns; Provide guidance to the DSRSG on strengthening existing child protection mechanisms; Participate in meetings with representatives of donor countries and the international community, when appropriate; Oversee drafting of reports, policy documents and recommendations on the rights and protection of children within the mission area; Represent the SRSG, when requested by him/her, in the discussions and planning of the various relevant peace process committees, national child protection and human rights committees and networks, and UN coordination mechanisms; Function as the head of the Child Protection Section and plan, organize and co-ordinate its activities; provide leadership, mentoring, guidance and overall supervision/evaluation to staff; Function as the head of the Child Protection Section and plan, organize and co-ordinate its activities; Contribute to the personnel and financial implementation of work plans and budgets; Coordinate the Child Protection work plan and manage progress against identified benchmarks; Identify, select, brief and train new Child Protection Officers and/or support staff; Help to ensure that all Mission personnel have appropriate training on the protection and rights of children; Facilitate information-sharing on child protection issues among all key actors in the Mission area; Undertake field visits and/or participate in joint inter-agency assessment missions, as required; Perform other duties as required.

PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrated experience in child protection and/or human rights issues and a demonstrated commitment to children's rights; strong advocacy skills; authoritative knowledge and wide exposure to the full range of issues related to child protection; ability to advise senior management and other senior officials of approaches and techniques to address highly complex/sensitive issues; recognized expert in the field with demonstrated capacity for intellectual leadership; conceptual and strategic analytical capacity and ability to thoroughly analyze and evaluate critical matters pertaining to a broad spectrum of socio-economic issues; demonstrated original and creative thinking; independent judgment and discretion in advising on and handling major policy, project and other issues/problems; strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement on difficult issues, ability to work under extreme pressure; excellent knowledge of relevant institutional mandates, policies and guidelines and seasoned knowledge of the institutions of the UN system. 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 & 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. 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. 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 improvement, 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.


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 10 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 five 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 required. 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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