Child Protection Officer
Application deadline 1 month ago: Thursday 4 Aug 2022 at 00:00 UTCOpen application form
This is a UNV International Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Specialist contracts.
UNMISS was established in 2011 under the auspices of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO); subsequently, UNMISS mandate has been renewed through resolutions 2057 (2012), 2109 (2013), 2155 (2014), 2187 (2014), 2223 (2015), 2241 (Dec. 2015), 2304 (2016) and 2327 (2016), 2392 (Dec. 2017), 2406 (Mar. 2018), 2459 (Mar. 2019), 2514 (Mar. 2020), 2567 (Mar. 2021), 2625 (Mar. 2022).
Under the direct supervision of Senior Child Protection Officer or delegated Official, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: • Provide support to the training and awareness raising team of the UNMISS Child Protection Section; • Support the identification of the protection needs of children in the mission area, and ad-vises and assists the mission leadership in devising the mission strategy for the implementation of the child protection mandate of the mission in line with the PKO Child Protection, the Mission’s mandate and UN Security Council resolutions on Children and Armed Conflict (1261, 1314, 1379, 1460, 1539, 1612, 1882, 1998, 2068, 2143 and 2225); • Establish a viable management and screening database of the information collected in the field; • Contribute to ensuring that the Section leadership is apprised of the full array of child protection issues and advises on ways and strategies for the Mission and its leadership to ad-dress them; • Assist the Senior Child Protection Adviser, to ensure that the protection, rights and well-being of children are mainstreamed through training workshops, induction courses, included and addressed in all aspects of the UN mission’s activities, policies and strategic planning processes, including but not limited to peace consolidation, protection of civilians and stabilization • Work with UNICEF and/or other UN agencies as relevant, to ensure that the protection needs of children and adequate responses to violations committed against children are on the agendas of all relevant conflict resolution and peacebuilding entities, UN coordination mechanisms, international and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the international donor community in the mission’s area of operations; • Work with UN peace operation components, including UN police and military, Human Rights, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), Security Sector Reform (SSR) and Rule of Law, Civil Affairs, Political Affairs, to integrate child protection in their work, activities and strategies; • Provide training, guidance and expertise on child protection issues, tools and methodologies to other components and sections of United Nations peace operations; • Support the implementation and follow-up on mandated tasks as per relevant Security Council resolutions (SCRs) on children and armed conflict, and, where relevant, the conclusions of the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict; • Supports the implementation of the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) under S/RES/1612 (2005); • Support the coordination of the mission’s delivery on mission-wide monitoring and reporting of the six grave violations against children identified by the UN Security Council, in con-junction with the CTFMR and other relevant actors as appropriate; • Support the collection of and/or collects reliable, accurate and timely data on and, where necessary, conducts investigations into the six grave violations against children; • Supports the development of analysis on trends and patterns of grave violations against children to support response strategies; • Supports the regular and timely reporting on child protection issues in line with the DPKO policy and reporting guidelines, including inputs to periodic country-specific reports to the Security Council, and submits timely reports to the Office of the SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict, including, but not limited to the Global Horizontal Notes, country-specific SG reports on children and armed conflict, and annual SG reports on children and armed conflict; • Engages, and conducts training workshops with national stakeholders to promote inclusion of child protection in national and regional policies and advocate for the allocation of national resources to this end; • Establish and maintain partnerships with other experts and stakeholders (including host governments, the UN system and other international organizations, NGOs, the private sec-tor, research institutes, and others) to discuss emerging topics related to child protection in the mission area; • Support the implementation of action plans for the eradication of the six grave violations perpetrated against children in situations of armed conflict. • Perform other duties as required.
Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to: • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for in-stance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities; • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers; • Promote capacity development activities and transfer of skills to national personnel during the assignment; • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.
• Integrity and professionalism • Accountability • Commitment to continuous learning • Planning and organizing • Teamwork and respect for diversity • Communication • Flexibility, adaptability, and ability and willingness to operate independently • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core values.
Child or Human Rights-related programming and/or advocacy experience at the national or international levels; Solid computer skills, including full proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word etc).
Living conditions vary between UNMISS duty stations. Each duty station where UNMISS has a field presence has basic residential camp facilities, which includes running water and electricity. Candidates should be aware that accommodation may be austere with the possibility of water shortages and power blackouts. On arrival in Juba accommodation will be on a share basis. Ablutions will also be shared. As the accommodation situation improves single unit accommodation, with an attached ablution, should become available in all locations. Hard wall accommodation is available in Juba. All UNMISS duty stations apart from Entebbe, Uganda are considered non - family duty stations. The security level of UNMISS duty stations is classified by the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) who will brief on arrival. A number of locations in South Sudan are prone to conflict.
Primary health care services (preventive and curative) are provided in 11 United Nations Owned Equipment (UNOE) Level-I clinics, 21 Contingent Owned Equipment (COE) Level-I clinics, 4 COE Level-II medical facilities within the mission area and the establishment of contractual agreements for Level-III and Level-IIII care outside the mission area. The 4 Level-II facilities available in Juba, Bor, Malakal and Wau, run by the Troop Contributing Countries (TCC), take referrals from the Level-I clinics and provide hospital-based care.
The climate is tropical with a rainy season in many areas, which should normally span from around April to October. Ability to live and work in difficult and harsh conditions is essential.