Officiers de protection de civils recherchés (P3)

MONUSCO

RD Congo

 

 

Le Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) de la MONUSCO est présentement à la recherche d'officiers de protection de civils experts en droits de l'homme. Pour plus d'informations, voir ci-dessous.

UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO-MONUSCO) in the Democratic of Congo

Terms of Reference for Human Rights Protection of Civilians Officer/ Joint Protection Team
(PCO / JPT – P3)

Post Title and Level: Protection of Civilians Officers/ Joint Protection Team (PCO / JPT) –
Government Provided Personnel equivalent to P3 level

 

Number of posts: 1

Duty Station: Kinshasa

 

Background


The Protection of Civilian officer (PCO) is an additional tool within the JHRO intended to address MONUSCO’s mandate to protect civilians under imminent threat of physical violence, as laid out in successive UN Security Council resolutions. The PCO will support the work of the JPT work at the national level with a view to:

 

  • Work with MONUSCO Military Force, core JPT civilians members and humanitarian actors in order to prevent and address protection issues to ensure the safety, dignity and integrity of civilians.
  • Assist in enhancing communication and coordination between militaries and civilians components of MONUSCO, and between MONUSCO and humanitarian actors.
  • Analyze political, security, economic and social dynamics for protection planning purposes;
  • Follow-up on the implementation of coordination and early warning mechanisms, including the Community Alert Networks, and ensure their smooth and safe functioning of these, with a view to maximize responsiveness to protection alerts both by MONUSCO and the local authorities;

 

Responsibilities


Under the overall supervision of the Director of the JHRO and direct supervision of the Deputy Director of the JHRO, the PC/JPT will contribute to the implementation of the mission mandate on POC by performing the following responsibilities and tasks in his/her area of responsibility:

 

  1. Participate at the Protection Working Group (PWG) to provide technical advice on protection-related issues and activities in the context of the UN System-wide Strategy for the Protection of Civilians and on recommendations for the Senior Management Group on Protection (SMGP) to improve MONUSCO’s operational and local response, including through the review of deployments based on the Protection Cluster Matrix.
  2. Assist PWG Secretariat in coordination with the Office of DSRSG-Rol (Senior Protection Advisor) and the Office of ODSRSG-HC-RC (Protection Advisor) to support planning and coordination of Provincial protection strategies and activities.
  3. Consolidate JHRO information provided by the Field Offices through weekly, mission and daily reports, with regards to protection concerns and security situations requiring attention by the PWG, notably in the areas where support to the FARDC is being provided by MONUSCO Military Force.
  4. Provide analysis and trends on threats and patterns of human rights violations to facilitate the implementation of MONUSCO’s efforts on protection of civilians, particularly in priority areas.
  5. Ensure follow up on human rights allegations, violations of International Humanitarian Law and Refugee Law, with the Field Offices.
  6. Assist PWG Training Cell to organize training and to develop modules on Protection of Civilian related-issues for the MONUSCO components, including the Military, national defense forces, civil society representatives and other protection actors.
  7. Provide technical assistance to the PWG for the revision of the UN System-Wide Strategy for the Protection of civilians.
  8. Liaise with external coordination mechanisms on protection, such as the Protection Cluster and the Humanitarian Advocacy Group (HAG), to ensure communication with other protection actors, in order to identify priority areas and appropriate humanitarian assistance.
  9. Contribute to the improvement of MONUSCO protection tools.

10.  Undertake advocacy activities targeting authorities to ensure both the respect for human rights and appropriate action to put an end to violations;

11.  Contribute to monitoring and assist Office of DSRSG and Civil Affairs Section to evaluate  the impact of the JPT, its recommendations, and the activities suggested.


Competencies


Professionalism

  • Comprehensive knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights and protection issues, including approaches and techniques to address sensitive and complex problems;
  • Very good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights;
  • Very good knowledge of the African –and in particular Great Lakes- region including the political environment and legal statutes as they pertain to human rights;
  • Good analytical skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impacts on the human rights situation in the country;
  • Good political judgment and advocacy skills and the ability to understand and respond to sensitive and complex political and social events;
  • Ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given.


Communication

  • Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to produce a variety of written reports in a clear, concise style, and to deliver presentations to external audiences.  
  • Ability to build/maintain effective partnerships and openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


Planning and organizing

  • Ability to establish priorities and to plan work assignments, respond to competing demands and work under pressure of frequent and tight deadlines.


Teamwork

  • Ability to interact and to establish and maintain effective working relations as a team member with people of different national and cultural backgrounds, with sensitivity and respect for diversity
  • Ability to work under pressure.

 

 

Qualifications

Education
Advanced university degree, preferably in law, political science, international relations or other disciplines related to human rights. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

 

Work Experience

At least 5 years of progressively responsible work experience, at national and international levels, in the field of human rights and protection. Experience in difficult, remote and conflict areas, in human rights investigation and in eastern DRC would be an asset.

 

Languages

Fluency in oral and written French and English are essential. Knowledge of Swahili and other Congolese languages will be an asset.

 

 

Terms of Reference for Human Rights Protection of Civilians Officers/ Joint Protection Team         (PCO / JPT – P3)

Post Title and Level: Protection of Civilians Officers/ Joint Protection Team (PCO / JPT) – Government Provided Personnel equivalent to P3 level

 

Number of posts: 9 posts

Duty Station: 5 different field locations in the eastern DRC

 

 

Background


Joint Protection Teams (JPT) are multidisciplinary teams operating within the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) as a tool intended to address MONUSCO’s mandate to protect civilians under imminent threat of physical violence, as laid out in successive UN Security Council resolutions. The core JPT members are the following MONUSCO components: Civil Affairs , Child Protection, Joint Human Rights Office (JHRO), UNPOL and the Military, and are deployed in accordance with priorities approved by the Senior Management Group on Protection at provincial level  with a view to:

 

  • Work with MONUSCO COB/TOB military commanders, communities and local authorities in order to address and prevent protection needs through community protection plans to ensure the safety, dignity and integrity of civilians.
  • Assist in enhancing communication and setting up coordination mechanisms between local communities, local authorities and MONUSCO COB/TOB, including early warning mechanisms  Analyze political, security, economic and social dynamics for protection planning purposes;
  • Follow-up on the implementation of coordination and early warning mechanisms, including the Community Alert Networks, and ensure their smooth and safe functioning of these, with a view to maximize responsiveness to protection alerts both by MONUSCO and the local authorities;
  • Promote respect for international humanitarian law and human rights law by all parties.

 

 

Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Director of the JHRO and direct supervision of the HRO / JPT Coordinator and the Coordinator of the JHRO field office of assignment, the POC/JPT will contribute to the implementation of mission mandate on POC by participating in JPTs and performing the following responsibilities and tasks in his/her area of responsibility:

 

  1. Identify ongoing and risks of human rights violations, including sexual violence, recommending preventative and responsive measures, and contributing to the development of community protection plan.
  2. Contribute to the development of  community protection plans and evaluation of their impact in support to Force and CLAs;
  3. Participate at the Senior Management Group on Protection at the provincial level (SMGP-P) to assist in formulating recommendations to improve MONUSCO’s operational and local response to threats against civilians, including for the SMGP at the HQ level through the Protection Working Group (PWG) in Kinshasa, where higher authority is required.
  4. Liaise with external coordination mechanisms on protection at the provincial level, such as the Protection Cluster, to ensure communication with other protection actors in order to identify priority areas and appropriate humanitarian assistance.
  5. Contribute to the improvement of MONUSCO protection tools follow up and evaluate the impact of the community protection plan for a specific area through follow up missions;
  6. In cases of human rights violations being imminent or ongoing and requiring urgent and immediate action, advise on immediate protection measures in close coordination with other JPT members and MONUSCO military in the area;
  7. Engage on advocacy on human rights cases and situations with alleged perpetrators when appropriate and with relevant authorities, to ensure both the respect of human rights and appropriate action. When possible and relevant support the referral of victim(s) of human rights violations  to a competent local organizations and/or to the relevant judicial authority in situ or upon return from the mission;
  8. Assess the need to dispatch a human rights investigative team to the concerned areas
  9. Identify the nature, cause and patterns of human rights violations and consult with the local population, the local authorities and the community leaders, to  recommend measures to prevent or mitigate such threats;
  10. Pay specific attention to cases of sexual violence and report to the JHRO coordinator in order to determine whether a human rights investigation is necessary. In cooperation with SVU officer and in support of UNICEF, refer cases of sexual violence to competent local organizations responsible for delivery of medical, psychological and legal assistance. In the absence of such an organization, refer the case(s) to partner NGOs with capacity and means to access the victims. Refer the cases to justice upon completion of the mission as appropriate;
  11. Undertake advocacy activities targeting local authorities to ensure both the respect of human rights and appropriate action to put an end to violations;
  12. Establish procedures to ensure that all MONUSCO actors promptly refer human rights cases and situations to the JHRO for timely follow up including interviews and investigations
  13. Contribute to monitoring and evaluate the impact of the JPT, its recommendations, and the activities suggested.
  14. Participate in the Secretariat of the SMGP, prepare agenda of its meeting and ensure that all recommendations are implemented by relevant members.

 

 

Competencies

Professionalism

  • Comprehensive knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights and protection issues, including approaches and techniques to address sensitive and complex problems;
  • Very good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights;
  • Very good knowledge of the African –and in particular Great Lakes- region including the political environment and legal statutes as they pertain to human rights;
  • Good analytical skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impacts on the human rights situation in the country;
  • Good political judgment and advocacy skills and the ability to understand and respond to sensitive and complex political and social events;
  • Ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given.

Communication

  • Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to produce a variety of written reports in a clear, concise style, and to deliver presentations to external audiences.  
  • Ability to build/maintain effective partnerships and openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

 

Planning and organizing

  • Ability to establish priorities and to plan work assignments, respond to competing demands and work under pressure of frequent and tight deadlines.

Teamwork

  • Ability to interact and to establish and maintain effective working relations as a team member with people of different national and cultural backgrounds, with sensitivity and respect for diversity
  • Ability to work under pressure.

 

Technological awareness

  • Good computer skills, including in Microsoft Office, and other relevant software packages.

 

Qualifications


Education

Advanced university degree, preferably in law, political science, international relations or other disciplines related to human rights. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

 

Work Experience

At least 5 years of progressively responsible work experience, at national and international levels, in the field of human rights and protection. Experience in difficult, remote and conflict areas, in human rights investigation and in eastern DRC would be an asset.

 

Languages

Fluency in oral and written French and English are essential.  Knowledge of Swahili and/or other Congolese languages  will be an asset.

 

 

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