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7 Dec 2020

Child Protection Officer

Job Description

Job Family
Human Rights Affairs

Job Opening Number
20-Human Rights Affairs-UNMISS-146059-R- (M)

Staffing Exercise


Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Child Protection Section of United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Juba. Juba is classified in the “E” category and as a non-family duty station. The incumbent will report directly to the head of the operations, training and capacity building unit within UNMISS Child Protection.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of the Child Protection Section and within the limits of delegated authority, the Child Protection Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Supports the mainstreaming child protection concerns into all aspects of the activities, strategies, policies, and training programs of the peacekeeping operation and assists in the overall implementation of relevant Security Council resolutions (SCRs) on children and armed conflict;
  • Works directly with other UN peace operation components, including UN police and military, Human Rights, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), Security Sector Reform (SSR), Rule of Law, to integrate a child-conscious approach in their work;
  • Researches, collects reliable, accurate and timely data on and, where necessary, conduct investigations into the six grave violations identified by the UN Security Council and other violations committed against children; Establishes or maintains a viable management and screening database of the information collected in the field;
  •  Provides timely inputs to relevant periodic reports to DPKO or DPA (as relevant) and to the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (SRSG-CAAC), including reporting to the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict;
  • Ensures timely delivery of a variety of reports, briefing notes, talking points and any other communications to brief senior mission staff in compliance with the mission mandate;
  • Supports the mission in implementing the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) established pursuant to S/RES/1612 (2005) in coordination with the UN Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting;
  •  Provides appropriate backstopping to Child Protection Unit’s efforts toward the signing and implementation of national action plans to address grave violations against children as called for in SCRs 1539, 1612, 1882 and 1998;
  •  Provides training on child rights and child protection to military, police and civilian staff of the mission;
  •  Liaises with national authorities, civil society, UN actors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the host government, and relevant coordination mechanisms in ensuring adequate responses to violations committed against children;
  •  Undertakes field visits and/or joint assessment missions as directed and ensures up-to-date information sharing on substantive matters related to the rights of the child;
  •  Provides guidance to and may supervise new/more junior staff;
  •  Performs other duties as required.


  • Professionalism: knowledge of institutional mandates, organizational structures and policies within the UN, guidelines and methodologies relating to child protection including the legal framework for the protection of children, relevant Security Council resolutions and mandates related to children and armed conflict, the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism, child-sensitive DDR, juvenile justice, legislative, rule of law reforms and gender; knowledge of database and ability to thoroughly analyse and evaluate the data and critical matters pertaining to a broad spectrum of socio-economic issues to assess their impact on children and to provide concrete strategy recommendations to redress situations; Strong analytical skills and excellent skills in drafting a broad range of documents including speeches and reports. Demonstrated original and creative thinking; independent judgment and discretion in advising on and handling of major policy, project and other sensitive information; Ability to seek new and improved methods of work, to share best practices and to incorporate lessons learned; Capacity to maintain effective working relationships with other UN, NGO, state and/or government stakeholders; 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • 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 and Organizing: Develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identify priority activities and assignments; Adjust priorities as required; Allocate appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresee risks and allow for contingencies when planning; Monitor and adjust plans and actions as necessary; Use time efficiently.


An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate) in [specific fields] or related fields is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in the specified fields with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years progressively responsible experience in human rights, civil affairs, political affairs, international relations, international law, promotion and protection of the rights of the child, training, information management or a related area is required.
  • Two years of work experience at the international level outside the applicant’s country of origin 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 desirable.
  • Managerial experience is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in both oral and written English is required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The UNMISS is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its workforce. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

DEADLINE: 04 January 2021

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