United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Child Protection Officer

United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Job Description


Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters Duty Stations.

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, advise and assist the mission leadership in devising the mission strategy for the implementation of the child protection mandate of the mission in line with the DPKO Child Protection, the Mission’s mandate and UN Security Council resolutions on Children and Armed Conflict;

  • Establish a management and screening database of the information collected in the field;

  • Ensure 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 address 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 and protection of civilians;

  • Work with UNICEF and/or other UN agencies 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 of 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 conjunction with the CTFMR and other relevant actors as appropriate;

  • Support the collection of accurate and timely data and conduct investigations into six grave violations against children;

  • Support the development of Analysis on trends and patterns of grave violations against children to support response strategies;

  • Support 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 submit timely reports to the Office of the SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict;

  • Engage and conduct 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 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.

Bachelor degree or equivalent

Bachelor degree in Political science, Law, Human Rights, Administration, Management, Social Sciences or Humanities.

36 Months

Two (2) years progressive experience in child or human rights-related programming and/or advocacy experience at the national or international levels.

  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent

Human rights
  • Solid computer skills, including full proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word etc.);

  • Have affinity with or interest in humanitarian relief, post-conflict situations, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System;

  • Sound security awareness.


Accountability, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Respect for Diversity, Working in Teams

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