Senior Child Protection Adviser (Chief of Section), P5

Senior Child Protection Adviser (Chief of Section), P5

MONUSCO - United Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) in Goma. The focus of this job is to provide political advice, strategic guidance and substantive support to the DSRSG for Protection and Operations, as well as mission leadership, and oversee the effective implementation of the child protection mandate in line with the relevant Security Council resolutions on children and armed conflict and as laid out in the DPKO-DFS-DPA Policy on Child Protection in United Nations Peace Operations. The Senior Child Protection Adviser serves as the Head of the Child Protection Section and reports to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Protection and Operations.


Within the limits of delegated authority, the Senior Child Protection Adviser (Chief of Section) will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Functions as the Head of the Child Protection Unit and provides leadership, guidance, and overall supervision to the staff of the Child Protection team as assigned;
  • Leads the identification of the protection needs of children in the mission area, and advises the DSRSG and mission leadership in devising the strategy for the implementation of the child protection mandate of the mission in line with the DPKO-DFS-DPA Policy on Child Protection in UN Peace Operations, the Mission’s mandate and the relevant UN Security Council resolutions on Children and Armed Conflict;
  • Ensures that the DSRSG and mission leadership are apprised of the full array of child rights and protection issues and advises on ways and strategies to address them;
  • Ensures that child protection is mainstreamed in all aspects of MONUSCO’s activities, policies and strategic planning processes, including but not limited to conflict prevention, peace and political processes, peace consolidation, protection of civilians and stabilization; Provides training on child protection to all peacekeeping personnel;
  • Works collaboratively with UNICEF and/or other UN agencies to ensure that the rights and protection of children are on the agendas of all relevant conflict resolution and peacebuilding entities, UN coordination mechanisms, international and local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the international donor community;
  • Works collaboratively with other UN peace operation components, including UN police and military, Human Rights, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), Security Sector Reform (SSR) and Rule of Law to integrate child protection in their work, activities and strategies; Ensures the implementation of 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;
  • Leads the implementation of the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) under S/RES/1612 (2005) in close coordination with UNICEF through the Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting, and supports and coordinates as appropriate the mission-wide monitoring and reporting on the six grave violations;
  • Oversees or collects reliable, accurate and timely data on the six grave violations identified by the UN Security Council and other violations committed against children and, where necessary, leads and conducts investigations on these violations; Oversees the analysis on trends and patterns of grave violations against children to support response strategies;
  • In coordination with the DSRSG and Mission leadership and the UN Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting, engages in dialogue with State and non-State parties to the conflict and perpetrators of grave violations against children, and develops strategies/mechanisms to address these violations through the signing and implementation of national action plans;
  • Ensures regular and timely reporting on child protection issues in line with the DPKO-DFS-DPA Policy and reporting guidelines, including inputs to periodic country-specific reports to the Security Council and relevant DPO analytical products as requested, and submit timely reports to the SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict, including, but not limited to, Global Horizontal Notes, country-specific SG reports on children and armed conflict, and annual SG reports on children and armed conflict;
  • Advises and supports the DSRSG and Mission leadership in advocating with appropriate national government authorities as well as other parties to the conflict to ensure adequate responses to violations committed against children;
  • Engages with national stakeholders to promote inclusion of rights and protection of children in national and regional policies and advocate for the allocation of national resources to this end;
  • Assists the Mission leadership to advocate for the allocation of funds or technical support for the separation and reintegration programmes for children formerly associated with armed forces and groups, as well as for child-sensitive humanitarian and development programmes;
  • Establishes and maintains constructive partnerships with other experts and stakeholders (including host governments, the UN system and other international organizations, NGOs, the private sector, research institutes, etc) to discuss emerging topics related to child protection;
  • Works collaboratively with, and acts as the primary interface between, the UN mission and child protection actors to ensure a coherent approach and to leverage, as appropriate, political and other resources of the mission to prevent and address violations of children's rights;
  • Represents the mission in relevant inter-agency coordination mechanisms, including but not limited to the UNCT, humanitarian clusters, especially to ensure adequate response to violations committed against children in armed conflict;
  • Supports DPO Division of Policy, Evaluation and Training’s Child Protection on Child Protection policy, guidance and training materials, including identification of best practices;
  • Participates in the recruitment of new Child Protection Officers, manages staff performance, and develops and coaches new and junior staff;
  • Formulates the work plan and budget of the unit and participates in the overall administrative matters concerning the unit or mission;
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrates knowledge of institutional mandates, policies, guidelines and methodologies relating to child protection, including the legal framework for the protection of children, relevant Security Council resolutions and mandates related to children and armed conflict; Demonstrates capacity to maintain effective working relationships with other UN, NGO, state and/or government stakeholders; Demonstrates ability to advise senior officials on highly complex issues and to influence others to reach agreement on difficult issues; 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;
  • PLANNING AND 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;
  • ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable;
  • LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement, does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands; Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing;
  • JUDGEMENT/DECISION-MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, law, human rights, social sciences or a related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international levels, of which at least five at the international level, in human rights, 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;
  • A minimum of three years of experience in managing a team and/or unit including responsibility for budget development and human resources is required;
  • Experience working in or in support of a field operation in a conflict or post-conflict environment of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English and French (both oral and written) is required.

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