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17 Nov 2020

Senior Protection of Civilians Officer

Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Duty Station Juba. Juba is classified in the “E” category and as a non-family duty station. The Senior Protection of Civilians Officer reports to the Head of Mission.


Within the delegated authority, the Senior Protection of Civilians Officer will perform the following roles and duties:


  • Ensure that senior Mission leadership is regularly updated on current and emerging threats against civilians;
  • Ensure that a comprehensive approach is adopted on all matters pertaining to Protection of Civilians (POC) in order to effectively leverage resources within the Mission for POC objectives as defined in the Mission-wide POC strategy;
  • Provide advice to the senior Mission leadership on ways in which the Mission can assist and build the capacity of the National Authorities to fulfill their POC responsibilities;
  • Provide support to relevant components and sections, including military and police, to ensure that POC concerns are adequately reflected in Mission operations, particularly as concerns civilian-military planning processes; and
  • Ensure overall compliance of the Mission’s POC efforts with relevant United Nations or DPKO and DFS policies and guidelines.

Coordination and Communication:

  • Responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the Mission-wide POC strategy and related in-Mission guidance and operational plans;
  • Support senior Mission leadership in establishing sustainable coordination structures in order
    to strengthen cooperation with relevant protection actors, particularly civil society, local
    communities and the Government authorities at the national and local levels;
  • Ensure close coordination with relevant POC partners in the development and implementation of the strategy, both civilian and uniformed personnel, particularly colleagues working on child protection, sexual violence, as well as humanitarian colleagues, focal points for human rights, civil affairs, etc.
  • Provide POC inputs to Mission planning and performance systems; provide Secretariat support to Mission POC coordination structures;
  • Coordinate and facilitate information sharing with the Protection Cluster, other security actors that may be present in the Mission area, and other such arrangements;
  • Assist in the development of an effective POC communications strategy, in close coordination with the public information office and the Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator; and
  • Provide support as required and undertake other tasks as may be appropriate to the specific context and tasks vis-à-vis PoC.

Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting:

  • Coordinate the establishment/monitoring of early warning tools and processes, including through community liaison and alert systems;
  • Lead or join joint POC assessments with other relevant actors;
  • Work with the relevant staff in the Mission to conduct and support after action reviews and lessons learned studies on the Mission’s POC efforts;


  • Assess the training needs on POC issues in the area of responsibility, and design and support the delivery of tailored POC modules with relevant Mission components, including military and police, in close consultation with the IMTC and the POC Coordination Team in DPKO/DFS;
  • In cooperation with the IMTC and other Mission components, ensure adequate training and sensitization on POC for local communities, humanitarian, development or security partners and Governmental institutions, and


  • Act as the first or second reporting officer for and coordinate the actions of all staff dedicated to POC coordination within the Mission.


Professionalism: 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; 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.

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.

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, law, human rights, public administration or related fields. 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 10 years of progressively responsible experience in political science, human rights, humanitarian affairs, international relations, public administration, military, police or related fields at the international level in conflict or post-conflict settings is required.
  • A minimum of five years of managerial and senior advisory experience is required.
  • A minimum of five years in an advisory role on human rights or humanitarian issues is highly desirable
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in coordination of protection-related activities is desirable.
  • Experience in civil-military coordination is desirable.
  • Experience in coordinating actions of humanitarian partners, government and other protection actors across all three tiers of the UN POC operational concept in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) or similar international organization, or non-governmental organization, is desirable.


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


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This “Recruit from Roster” job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates.


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