Internal and External
Child Protection Officer, NO-C
DATE OF ISSUANCE: 26 February 2019
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 27 March 2019
DUTY STATION: Multiple Duty Stations
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: MONUSCO/30/CPS/2019
This vacancy is open exclusively to nationals of Democratic Republic of Congo
United Nations core values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for diversity
MONUSCO Child Protection Section is mandated by UN Security Council Resolution 1612 (2005) as well as other Resolutions relating to children and armed conflict to monitor grave violations perpetrated against children in the context of armed conflict. A strong focus is laid upon the prevention of recruitment of children as well as immediate and unconditional release of children associated with the Armed Forces and Groups and their re-integration back to civilian life. The fight against impunity for perpetrators of grave violations against children is also a central element of MONUSCO Child Protection mandate.
Organizational Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the Child Protection Section. The National Child Protection Officer will be based in Goma or Bukavu. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Child Protection Section.
The Child Protection Officer will be the Focal Point for communication Non-State Armed Groups (NSAG) to prevent and end child recruitment and other grave child rights violations in the context of the armed conflict. He/She will conduct activities under direct guidance from the Chief Child Protection and work in close collaboration with colleagues from relevant sections (DDR/RR, CPS, JHRO, WPAs) for all issues related to engagement with armed groups and militia.
The National Child Protection Officer will have an analytical and discerning approach with understanding of the context of children affected by armed conflict (CAAC) and a good knowledge of local actors and local context, in order to identify root causes and challenges, with a view to liberating girls and boys associated with non-state armed actors. He/She will have excellent communication skills in order to conduct advocacy towards and awareness-raising of armed group/militia commanders, Congolese Security and Defence Forces and other local stakeholders to release and protect affected children.
The Child protection Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Coordinates contact with Non-State Armed Groups (NSAG) for the prevention of child recruitment and other grave child rights violations in the context of armed conflict.
Conducts and updates a mapping of Non-State Armed Groups in his area of responsibility to strategically target specific commanders, with the support of CPS reporting officer, CPS field teams and DDR/RR colleagues;
Establishes contact with Non-State Armed Groups with a view to identify commanders eligible for formal communication by the Chief Child Protection on ending child recruitment and other grave child rights violations.
Prepares, reviews and revises documents to support communication as required; this includes, but is not limited to, declarations of engagement, fact sheets, roadmaps for collaboration with the UN and reporting formats.
Coordinates the logistics for field missions to meet with NSAG by road or by air, in close collaboration with Child Protection Field Teams, Force, DSS and DDR/RR sections, including on extraction of children.
Provides technical support to NSAG in the implementation of roadmaps to end child recruitment and other grave child rights violations and reviews their periodic reports.
Monitors NSAG commanders not eligible for communication for changes that indicate openness to future communication.
Manages work flow in his area of responsibility to ensure an organized and strategic approach to communication, ensuring human and financial resources are available to realistically reach objectives.
Provides training and awareness-raising to Non-State Armed Groups (NSAG)
Coordinates the development of training materials on child protection, sexual violence, International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law, and the Children and Armed Conflict mandate that are appropriate for use in the field.
Plans and coordinate training and awareness-raising sessions for NSAG Focal Points and other local actors such as the authorities (Government, traditional, religious) and civil society, in conjunction with field offices and local partners.
Provides technical support to CPS Field teams on training and awareness-raising for NSAG and local communities on ending child recruitment and other violations.
Assists CPS Teams in developing Community Violence Reduction projects and explore other funding opportunities for sustainable reintegration support to children formerly associated with armed groups and militia and their families
Drafts and submits CVR project proposals and awareness-raising proposals that are appropriate and tailored to specific communities in collaboration with CPS field teams and DDR/RR;
Provides technical support to the implementation and monitoring of CVRs in collaboration with CPS Field Teams and DDR/RR colleagues.
Reviews CVR project reports and ensure narrative and financial reports are timely and accurate before final submission.
Drafts and submits proposals for other funding opportunities to support sustainable child DDR as necessary.
4. Contributes to CPS reporting requirements
Prepares short weekly progress reports to contribute to weekly CPS reports and Press Conferences.
Provides a monthly report on activities, outcomes and impact with updated tables on the progress status for each NSAG in his area of responsibility with which communication has been established.
Provides briefing notes and presentations whenever required.
Provides timely contributions to quarterly and annual CAAC reports and other CPS reporting obligations such as RBB and planning documents.
Performs other duties as required
Knowledge of MONUSCO Child Protection Mandate; Knowledge of a wide range of Child Protection issues as relates to children in armed conflict situations as per various UN Security Council Mandates; Ability to learn more on Child protection given various dynamics in the field; Ability to make concise determinations of children’s best interests; Ability to gather, manage and report children’s information effectively; Ability to work under pressure in remote locations and harsh conditions. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.
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. Ability to communicate honestly and respectfully with colleagues as well as with local communities and Counterparts;
Teamwork: Ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and maintain constructive working relationships with colleagues from different nationalities and across diverse cultural backgrounds. Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise and 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
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Law, Child Rights and Development, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Humanitarian/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.
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in Law, Anthropology, DDR/RR, Child Protection and Armed Conflict, Humanitarian/Human Rights and experience or related area is required. Experience working with children either with Government, UN, recognized NGOs, Community-based Organizations or Human Rights Lobby Groups is required. Driving license is required for this position.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written French and English is required; Knowledge of the duty station main local language is required. Knowledge of other local languages is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise or competency base interview or both.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested and qualified applicants should submit their applications with cover letter together with the attached United Nations Personal History form (P-11) only.
For the online Personal History Profile (visit https://inspira.un.org to generate a PHP)
Submit applications by email ONLY to: [email protected] Hand Delivered will not be accepted.
All applications MUST indicate the MONUSCO Job Opening number for which they are applying, on the subject line in the e-mail. e.g. MONUSCO/30/CPS/2019
All applicants MUST indicate the telephone number and email address with location. Applications without telephone number and the email address with location WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Applications received after the deadline will NOT BE ACCEPTED.
ONLY successful applicants will be contacted for WRITTEN SUBSTANTIVE and COMPETENCY BASED ASSESSMENTS TEST
In line with the UN policy on gender balance, FEMALE QUALIFIED CANDIDATES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, TRAINING OR ANY OTHER FEES). THE UNITED NATIONS.
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