This position is located in the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict. The mandate and work of the Office derives from General Assembly Resolution 51/77 and subsequent General Assembly resolutions, as well as successive Security Council resolutions on children and armed conflict.
The incumbent will report to the Chief of Monitoring, Reporting and Regional Partnerships (CoMRR) Section of the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (OSRSG-CAAC).
- Research, analyses and monitor information gathered from diverse sources on the six grave violations identified by the UN Security Council and other violations committed against children in assigned countries.
- Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to regional issues, in general, and in particular as they affect Africa, the countries and thematic mandates for which the staff member is responsible.
- Assist in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
- Provides technical and substantive back up in the implementation of mandates of the office, branch or unit. Participate and collaborate in other Office activities in support of the mandate of the SRSG as a whole.
- Prepare various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, draft reports, analytical papers, input to speeches, briefing notes, thematic and country specific reports of the Secretary-General and other documents as required. Participate in drafting of the Global Horizontal Note and other products as part of the reporting team.
- Assist in the preparation of SRSG’s field missions, including developing concept notes, programme and identification of background materials, organizing pre-mission briefings, as well as reporting on outcomes and following up on commitments made.
- Liaise on regular basis with the UN country task forces for monitoring and reporting in countries assigned, including review and editing of reports emanating from these and provide technical support as and when required.
- Prepares meetings of the SRSG with officials from countries under the Organization’s purview.
- Performs other related duties as required.
Professionalism: Ability to identify and analyze political, human rights, ethnic, racial, social and economic problems that have an impact on the situation of children affected by armed conflict. Comprehensive knowledge of human rights issues including monitoring and reporting on issues related to protection and rights of children affected by armed conflict. Understanding of peacekeeping contexts, conflict or post-conflict settings. Ability to work under pressure, coordinate work with others, abide by UN rules and regulations and persist when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observes deadlines and achieves 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& 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.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or related fields is required. A first-level or advanced degree in any fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree in the specified fields of studies.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required.
Experience working with regional organizations is required.
Experience working on child protection matters is required.
Experience in field operations (inclusive of peacekeeping operations, special political missions, agencies, funds and programmes), or other similar international organizations in a conflict or post-conflict context is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in French is desirable. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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