Child Protection Officer, IIIM International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism


Geneva, Switzerland


Not Stated


Full Time


Thursday, 9 December 2021


Fixed Term


Not Stated

Job Description

This position is within the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011 (Mechanism) located in Geneva, Switzerland. The post reports to the Deputy Head of the IIIM.


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Role and Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Child Protection Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

•Identifies the relevant protection needs of children in the Syrian Arab Republic and other relevant countries and contributes to the Mechanism leadership’s efforts to devise a strategy concerning crimes against and effecting children.
•Ensures that the Mechanism leadership and staff are apprised of the full array of relevant child rights and protection issues and how they may be addressed.
•Assists the leadership to ensure that the rights, protection and well-being of children are addressed in all aspects of the Mechanism’s work , and to ensure that the rights of children are on the agendas of all relevant entities, including UN mechanisms, international and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the international donor community.
• Provides leadership, guidance, and overall supervision to the staff working on the strategy on crimes against and affecting children as assigned.
•Manages, guides, develops and coaches new and junior staff.
•Participates in the recruitment of new staff and manages staff performance.
•Assists with formulating the work plan, budget and medium-term plan to implement the strategy on crimes against and affecting children and participates in the overall formulation and approval of the work plan, and administrative matters concerning the Office of the Assistant-Secretary General or Mechanism.
•Works with other UN entities to integrate a child-conscious approach; Ensures follow-up on 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.
•Oversees the collection of and/or collects reliable, accurate and timely data on and, where necessary, supports investigations into violations committed against children.
•Assists the Mechanism’s leadership to advocate for the allocation of funds or technical support to address crimes against and affecting children as well as for child-sensitive humanitarian and development programmes.
•Mainstreams child protection concerns into the work of the Mechanism and provides training on child rights and child protection to all personnel.
•Engages with relevant national actors to promote inclusion of rights and protection of children in national approaches and advocates with national actors for the allocation of national resources to this end.
•Contributes to the design and implementation of policy and programme changes to address country and/or regional child protection concerns.
•Establishes and maintains partnerships with other experts and stakeholders (including, the UN system and other international organizations, NGOs, the private sector, research institutes, etc.) to discuss emerging topics related to child protection; Advocates with appropriate national government authorities in order to ensure adequate responses to violations committed against children.
•Acts as the primary interface between the Mechanism and child protection actors in field locations and works to leverage, as appropriate, political and other resources of the mission to prevent and address violations of children's rights.
•As assigned, represents the Mechanism in relevant inter-agency coordination mechanisms, especially to ensure adequate response to violations committed against children in armed conflict.
• Upon request, ensures timely reporting on child protection issues.
•Performs other duties as required.

Experience, Skills and Qualifications 


An advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in political science, international relations, law, human rights, social sciences or related fields is required. A first-level or advanced degree (Bachelor's or equivalent) in any fields of studies in combination with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree in the specified fields of study.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international levels, at least three of which at the international level, in human rights, fact-finding political affairs, international relations, or law, including in the promotion and protection of the rights of the child in accordance with international standards, is required.
Experience integrating a child-sensitive approach into work to address crimes against and affecting children is desirable.
Experience working in or in support of international accountability mechanisms is desirable.
Experience in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.
Experience in working on child rights issues in the Syrian context is desirable.
Experience integrating an intersectional approach to addressing crimes 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. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.

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