Job Title: Child Protection Officer
Organisation: United Nations Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children
Location: New York City, USA
Closing Date: 12 July 2020
Salary: Not Stated
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Working Pattern: Not Stated
Sponsors international candidates? Not Stated
This position is located in the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children (OSRSG-VAC). The United Nations' Special Representative of the 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 Child Protection Officer reports to the Special Assistant to the SRSG.
Role and Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Child Protection Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Provide technical advice and support to the office in its collaboration with regional organizations and institutions in the development and implementation of initiatives to address violence against children. This includes support to the development of advocacy tools and policy reforms for children’s protection from violence.
Support strengthening of strategic partnerships with regional organizations and institutions on the issue of violence, exploitation and abuse of children and enhance collaboration with treaty bodies and regional human rights bodies and mechanisms.
Keep abreast of and contribute to the development and dissemination of evidence and research on violence against children, including lessons learnt and good practices to promote progress in children’s protection from violence, and use of quantitative and qualitative data, research and evidence to support global advocacy for the protection of children from violence.
Contribute to the development of advocacy materials to raise awareness on violence against children and strengthen children’s protection within and across regions.
Support the process of global implementation and review of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in relation to the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals related to ending all forms of violence against children.
Contribute to the development of SRSG reports and thematic studies, and advocacy initiatives, as well as to support field missions of the SRSG-VAC.
Performs other related duties as required.
Experience and Qualifications
An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in law political science, human rights, international relations, social sciences or related fields is required.
A first-level degree (Bachelor's degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies mentioned above 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 human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required.
Experience in the field of child rights and child protection is required.
Experience working with regional organizations and/or national institutions on the issue 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; and knowledge of French and Arabic is desirable.
Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
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