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Child Protection Officer (3 posts), P-3
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   15 Feb 2013
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo
DUTY STATION:   Kinshasa

This Job Opening is being advertised to fill multiple MONUSCO Child Protection Officer, P-3 vacancies in Kinshasa and field duty stations in the MONUSCO mission area.
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, the Child Protection Officer will be responsible for the following duties: Support the mainstreaming child protection concerns into all aspects of the activities, strategies, policies, and training programs of the peacekeeping operation and assist in the overall implementation of relevant Security Council resolutions (SCRs) on children and armed conflict; Work directly with other MONUSCO sections and personnel, including the police and military, Human Rights, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), Security Sector Reform (SSR), and Rule of Law, to integrate a child-conscious approach in their work; Collect reliable and accurate and timely data and, where necessary, conduct investigations into the six grave violations identified by the UN Security Council and other violations committed against children; Provide timely in-puts to relevant periodical reports to the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and to the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (O/SRSG-CAAC) and ensure timely delivery of a variety of reports, briefings and other type of communications in compliance with the MONUSCO mandate; Assist the mission in implementing the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) under SCR 1612 (2005) in conjunction with the UN Country Task Force(s) on Monitoring and Reporting; Provide appropriate backstopping to the MONUSCO Child Protection Section’s efforts to work towards the signing of action plans to halt the recruitment and use of child soldiers, and to stop killing and maiming and rape and other forms of sexual violence against children as called for in SCRs 1539, 1612 and 1882; Under the direction of Senior Child Protection Officer, provide training on child rights and child protection to MONUSCO military, police and civilian staff; Liaise with appropriate national authorities, civil society members and/or organisations, UN entities with a child protection mandate, local non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the host government, and relevant coordination mechanisms in ensuring adequate response to violations committed against children; Undertake field activities as directed by supervisor and ensure up-to-date information regarding substantive matters in the field of the rights of the child; Contribute in the implementation of the Action Plan to prevent and stop child recruitment and sexual violence against children; Develop working documents for the Technical Working Group and the Inter-ministerial Committee to implement the Action Plan and provide necessary technical assistance to the Technical Working Group; Liaise with the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) on the implementation of the Action Plan; Perform other duties as required.

PROFESSIONALISM - Good knowledge of institutional mandates and a sound knowledge of human rights and/or policies and guidelines related to child protection, as well as relevant Security Council resolutions, the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism and a demonstrated commitment to children’s rights; Conceptual and strategic analytical capacity and ability to thoroughly analyze and evaluate critical matters pertaining to a broad spectrum of socio-economic issues; Independent judgment, good negotiating skills, remains calm when working work under pressure; ability to identify sources for data collection, to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and analyze information and articulate difficult issues/problems to assess their impact and to provide recommendations to redress situations and draft reports; Ability to handle confidential data and proven sensitivity to the political and social environment and ability to adjust behaviours accordingly; Capacity to serve as advisor, share knowledge in the area of expertise and to deliver training for colleagues and external stakeholders alike; Sound judgment; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of peace operations. 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. 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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations or in an area related to human rights. 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 five years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international levels in the field of human rights, political affairs, international relations, and/or law, including in the promotion and protection of the rights of the child in accordance with international standards, is required. Child protection experience in a developing or conflict/post-conflict setting outside the candidate’s country of nationality and/or birth is desirable.

Fluency in the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat, English and French (both oral and written), 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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