Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). The Protection of Civilians Officer will be based in Bukavu and reports to the Head of Office of South Kivu.
The Protection of Civilians Officer will support the implementation of the Mission's mandate for the protection of civilians. The POC Officer will perform a coordination, analytical, monitoring and reporting role. Specifically, s/he will be responsible for working with mission components and the Heads of Office on POC issues; assist in establishment and provide secretariat services to POC coordination structures at the field and national levels and ensure their functioning; contribute to the development of the mission-wide POC strategy and local protection plans; support the working level PoC Working Group and the Senior Management Group on Protection (SMG-P). The POC Officer will also support efforts to ensure that protection of civilians concerns are appropriately mainstreamed within mission components at the field level.
Within delegated authority, the Protection of Civilians Officer P3 will be responsible for the following roles and duties:
Coordination and communication:
• Support the development and implementation of the mission-wide PoC strategy and local protection plans in the area of responsibility; including local contingency plans, early warning and POC priority matrices;
• Provide secretariat support to the operational level PoC Working Group and the Senior Management Group on Protection (SMG-P);
• Ensure close coordination with relevant PoC partners in the development and implementation of the strategy and local protection plans, including with focal points for child protection and sexual violence in conflict;
• Support PoC Officers in strengthening cooperation with relevant protection actors, including national authorities, civil society, UN agencies and funds and programs with complementary mandates and other relevant partners, including with international security forces and the protection cluster;
• Work closely with Force and UNPOL in HQ to provide early warning of POC threats to Head of Office and support JOC in information triangulation, monitoring, analysis and reporting;
• Work with Field Offices and Sections to ensure that Joint Protection Teams and Joint assessment missions reports JPTs/ JAM, are circulated within protection actors and that recommendations are followed up at the respective level including at HQ and through the SMG-P;
• Ensure that adequate PoC analysis is included in relevant reporting requirements, including SG reports;
• Report on any resource and capability constraints which adversely affect the mission's ability to implement its protection of civilians mandate; and take responsibility for any POC monitoring and reporting activities in the area of responsibility.
• Support POC Unit in assessing the training needs on protection of civilians issues within the mission, and design and support the delivery of tailored POC modules with relevant mission components, in close consultation with the IMTC;
• In cooperation with the IMTC and other mission components, ensure adequate training on PoC for Governmental institutions.
• Provide support as required and undertake other tasks as may be appropriate to the specific context and tasks vis-à-vis PoC.
Professionalism: Thorough knowledge of and significant practical experience with issues related to protection and rights of women and children affected by armed conflict. Understanding of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law. Strong analytical skills and excellent skills in drafting a broad range of documents including speeches and reports. Ability to influence others to reach agreement; ability to review and edit the work of others. 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.
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.
Teamwork: 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, humanitarian and human rights law, public administration or related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Job - Specific Qualification
Advisory skills are required.
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in political science, humanitarian affairs, human rights, international relations, public administration or related fields at the national and international level is required.
Experience working in post-conflict countries and/or in a peacekeeping operation is required.
Previous experience working on protection of civilians or related issues is required.
Previous experience within the region is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French (oral and written) is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
• This position is temporarily available. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
• The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
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