This position is located in the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children (OSRSG-VAC). The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) on Violence against Children is a global independent advocate to promote the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against children. The core responsibility of the SRSG is to advance implementation of the recommendations of the United Nations Study on Violence against Children (2006), building upon health and child protection initiatives and developments, and promoting the protection of children from violence as a human rights imperative. The Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children works on the basis of a team approach and shared accountabilities in supporting the mandate of the SRSG. The Child Protection Officer reports to the Chief of Office/Special Assistant of the Office of the SRSG on Violence against Children.
- Provide technical advice and support to protect children from violence. This includes development of analytical studies to identify good practices and support the SRSG/Chief of Office-Special Assistant in policy dialogue and advocacy initiatives at the international, regional and national levels.
- Support strengthening of strategic partnerships to address the protection of children from violence, exploitation and abuse, with special attention to those affected by abuse and involved with the justice system.
- Keep abreast of, contribute to the development and dissemination of evidence and research on children’s protection from violence, including thematic reports on critical areas of concern with special emphasis including protection from violence in the justice system.
- Contribute to the development of advocacy, legal and policy materials to raise awareness on violence against children and strengthen children’s legal protection from violence in its various forms, including through support to the organization of expert consultations.
- Contribute to the development of SRSG reports and thematic studies, and advocacy and policy initiatives, as well as support to field missions.
Professionalism: Knowledge of issues related to the rights, protection and well-being of children, particularly on children’s protection from all forms of violence. Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised including the ratification and implementation of human rights standards and mechanisms, and on the implementation of the recommendations of the UN Study on Violence against Children to ensure the protection of children in all settings. Ability to identify opportunities and risks and recommend strategies and polices to strengthen the protection of children from violence. Ability to produce analytical reports and papers on technical issues concerning the prevention and elimination of violence against children and standards and mechanisms to ensure children’s protection from violence to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of technical subject matters; 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. 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.
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 all colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input and offers feedback 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 short¬ comings.
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.
Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
An Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) degree in political science, international relations, international humanitarian law, economics, law, public administration, or related field 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.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, human rights or related area is required.
Experience working in an international organization, national government or NGOs is required.
Experience in the area of child protection from violence is required.
Experience in the development of legal and policy frameworks for the prevention and elimination of violence against children is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
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According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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