Senior Child Protection Officer – Mogadisho


Senior Child Protection Officer, Mogadisho

  • Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia
  • Duty Station: MOGADISHU
  • Posting Period: 06 September 2022 – 05 October 2022
  • Job Opening Number: 22-Human Rights Affairs-UNSOM-187107-R-Mogadishu (M)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the Human Rights and Protection Group of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). The Senior Child Protection Officer will be based in Mogadishu, Somalia. The Senior Child Protection Officer reports to the Head of the Human Rights and Protection Group.


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

  •  Leads the identification of the protection needs of children in the mission area, and advises 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 policy, the Mission’s mandate and as relevant Security Council resolutions on Children and Armed Conflict (1539, 1612, 1882,1998, 2068 and 2143).
  •  Supports and advises the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS SCR 2628) in the development of procedures, policies, measures and mechanisms for the effective implementation child protection policy directives including in the areas of integrating child protection concerns in the planning of military operations and After-Action-Reviews; Casualty and Incident Tracking and Recording; Complaint reception; Accountability; Selection & Screening; Training; Monitoring & Reporting; Rules & Regulations.
  •  Ensures that the mission leadership are appraised of the full array of child rights and protection issues and advises on ways and strategies for the Mission and its leadership to address them.
  •  Assists mission leadership to ensure that child rights, protection and well-being of children are mainstreamed, included and addressed in all aspects of the UN mission’s activities, policies and strategic planning processes, including but not limited to with regard to peace consolidation, protection of civilians and stabilization, and to ensure, in coordination with UNICEF and/or other UN agencies as relevant that the rights and protection needs 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 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 implementation 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.
  •  Mainstreams child protection concerns into the work of the mission, promotes and provides training on child rights, child protection and human rights to all peacekeeping personnel.
  •  Lead the implementation of the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) under S/RES/1612 (2005) in coordination with UNICEF through the Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting, and supports the co-chairs of the Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting at the technical level; Ensure and coordinates as appropriate the mission’s delivery on mission-wide monitoring and reporting on the six grave violations in conjunction with the Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting other actors as appropriate.
  •  Oversees the collection of and/or collects reliable, accurate and timely data on and, where necessary, conducts investigations into the six grave violations identified by the UN Security Council and other violations committed against children; Oversees the development of analysis on trends and patterns of grave violations against children to support response strategies.
  •  In coordination with the mission’s senior leadership and the UN Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting, engages in dialogue with perpetrators of grave violations against children and develops strategies/mechanisms to end violations against children through the signing and implementation of national action plans to address grave violations against children as mandated in SCRs 1539, 1612, 1882, 1998, 2068 and 2143.
  •  Ensures 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 SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict, including, but not limited to, Global Horizontal Notes, country-specific SG reports on children and armed conflict, and the annual SG reports on children and armed conflict.
  •  Advocates with or support the SRSG in advocating with appropriate national government authorities as well as other parties in the conflict as relevant in order to ensure adequate responses to violations committed against children while developing/maintaining relations with governmental officials and advises them on child protection and human rights issues and policies.
  •  Engages with national stakeholders to promote inclusion of child rights, human rights and protection of children in national and regional policies and advocate for the allocation of national resources to this end.
  •  Assists the SRSG to advocate for the allocation of funds or technical support in particular in support of 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 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.
  •  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.
  •  Functions as the Head of the Child Protection Unit and provides leadership, guidance, and overall supervision, management, guidance to the staff of the Child Protection team as well as other HRPG staff, may be assigned.
  •  Manages, guides, develops and coaches new and junior staff.
  •  Leads in the recruitment of new Child Protection Officers and manages staff performance,
  •  Formulates the work plan, budget and medium-term plan of the unit and participates in the overall formulation and approval of the work plan, and administrative matters concerning the unit or mission.
  •  Performs other duties including human rights roles 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.
  • 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 including support to mission transitions and non-UN peace operations in Africa is required.
  • Substantial experience in a field operation of the United Nations Common System or comparable international organization being responsible for the mission’s overall implementation of the United Nations Human Rights Due Diligence Policy, and responsible for coordination with regional peace operations and UN agencies, funds and programmes, is required.
  • Previous work experience in the East Africa region and working in a leadership role with the African Union is desirable.
  • Experience in capacity-building and implementing technical cooperation projects on HRDDP is desirable.
  • Experience integrating human rights, including child rights, into the UNSDCF framework is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.


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