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28 Nov 2020

Protection of Civilians Officer

Job Description


Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The Protection of Civilians Officer will be based in Juba and reports to the Senior Protection of Civilians Officer.


The Protection of Civilians Officer will support the implementation of the Mission’s mandate for the protection of civilians. The POC Officer will perform a coordination, analytical, monitoring and reporting role. Specifically, s/he will be responsible for working with mission components and the Heads of Office on POC issues;; contribute to the development of the mission-wide POC strategic approach and local protection plans; The POC Officer will also support efforts to ensure that protection of civilians concerns are appropriately mainstreamed within mission components at the field level.

Within delegated authority, the Protection of Civilians Officer P3 will be responsible for the following roles and duties:

Coordination and communication

  • Support the development and implementation of the mission-wide PoC strategic approach and local protection plans in the area of responsibility; including local contingency plans, early warning and POC priority matrices;
  • Ensure close coordination with relevant PoC partners in the development and implementation of the strategic approach and local protection plans, supporting development of comprehensive, integrated Mission approaches to POC, and where appropriate working in close coordination with relevant humanitarian and protection actors.
  • Support the senior PoC Advisor in strengthening cooperation with relevant protection actors, including national authorities, civil society, UN agencies and funds and programs with complementary mandates and other relevant partners, to pursue implementation of the Mission’s phased approach to re-designate and transfer the administration of POC sites;
  • Work closely with all relevant stakeholders to prepare POC threat analysis and early warning to inform Mission leadership decision making and support information triangulation, monitoring, analysis and reporting;
  • Ensure that adequate PoC analysis is included in relevant reporting requirements, including SG reports and take responsibility for any POC monitoring and reporting activities in the area of responsibility.
  • Support POC Unit in assessing the training needs on protection of civilians issues within the mission, and design and support the delivery of tailored POC modules with relevant mission components, in close consultation with the IMTC;


  • Professionalism: Thorough knowledge of and significant practical experience with issues related to protection of civilians including rights of women and children affected by armed conflict. Understanding of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law. Strong analytical skills and excellent skills in drafting a broad range of documents including speeches and reports. Ability to influence others to reach agreement; ability to review and edit the work of others; conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate with counterparts across both inter office and organizational boundaries. Ability to work in support of, and in cooperation with, others. Ability to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan and those under his/her supervision. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; Places team agenda before personal agenda; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, humanitarian and human rights law, public administration or related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in the fields of international and political affairs, information analysis, political journalism, diplomacy, development, security operations, conflict resolution, humanitarian affairs, human rights is required.
  • Experience in post-conflict countries and/or in a peacekeeping operation is required.
  • Extensive experience in conducting research and the preparation of high quality analysis documents under tight deadlines is required.
  • Existing knowledge of protection of civilians issues in South Sudan is required.
  • Demonstrated drafting skills is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this post advertised, fluency in both oral and written English is required.


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

Special Notice

This position is temporarily available for six (6) months with the possibility of extension subject to availability of funds. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

Deadline: 10 December 2020

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