Senior Protection of Civilians Officer, P5

United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan

Juba, South Sudan

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located at the Mission Headquarters of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) in Juba. Juba is classified as a “E” hardship duty station and a non-family duty station. The Senior Protection of Civilians (PoC) Officer will report to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General through the Mission Chief of Staff.


Within 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;
  • Provide advice to the senior Mission leadership on options to address emerging protection of civilians challenges;
  • 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 to ensure that protection of civilians concerns are adequately reflected in Mission operations, particularly as concerns civilian-military planning processes;
  • 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
  • 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 coordinating the implementation of the mission-wide PoC strategy and related in-mission guidance and operational plans;
  • Provide Secretariat support to the Senior Management Group on Protection;
  • Ensure close coordination with relevant PoC partners in the development and implementation of the strategy, particularly colleagues working on child protection, sexual violence, but also including humanitarian colleagues, focal points for human rights, civil affairs, etc.;
  • 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;
  • Coordinate and facilitate information sharing with the Protection Cluster, other security actors that may be present in the mission area, and other such arrangements;

Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting:

  • Coordinate the establishment of early warning tools and processes, including through community liaison and alert systems;
  • Lead or join joint protection of civilians assessments with other relevant actors;
  • Ensure that adequate PoC analysis and benchmarks are developed, in line with JOC and JMAC products and included in relevant reporting requirements, including SG reports;
  • Report on any resource and capability constraints which adversely affect the mission's ability to implement its protection of civilians mandate;
  • Work with the relevant staff in the mission to conduct after action reviews and lessons learned studies on the mission’s POC efforts;


  • Assess the training needs on protection of civilians issues in the area of responsibility, and design and support the delivery of tailored PoC modules with relevant mission components, 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
  • Provide support as required and undertake other tasks as may be appropriate to the specific context and tasks vis-à-vis PoC.


  • Act as the first or second reporting officer for and coordinate the actions of all staff dedicated to protection of civilians’ coordination, including PoC Officers attached to Heads of field Offices.


  • Professionalism: Substantial knowledge of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law. 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 plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan and those under his/her supervision. 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;
  • Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour;
  • Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group;
  • 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;
  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Managerial Competencies

  • 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) 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

Required experience:

  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in political science, human rights, humanitarian affairs, international relations, public administration or related fields at the international level in humanitarian, complex emergencies, or peacekeeping settings;
  • A minimum of three years of managerial and senior advisory experience;
  • A minimum of three years of experience in humanitarian coordination and/or human rights protection, including monitoring and reporting in the field.

Desired experience:

  • Experience working on protection of civilians issues;
  • Experience within the region.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

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