Protection of Civilians Officer, P-3

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UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic

Protection of Civilians Officer, P-3 2

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The Protection of Civilians Officer, P-3 will be based in Bangui and report to the Senior Protection of Civilians, P-5.


Within delegated authority, the POC Officer will perform the following roles and duties:

  • Coordination and communication
  • Support the development and implementation of the mission wide PoC strategy and local protection plans in the area of responsibility.
  • Provide secretariat support to the operational level PoC Working Group.
  • Ensure close coordination with relevant PoC partners in the development and implementation of the strategy and local protection plans, including with focal points for child protection and sexual violence in conflict.
  • Support the Senior PoC Officer in strengthening cooperation with relevant protection actors, including national authorities, civil society, UN Agencies, Funds and Programs with complementary mandates and other relevant partners, including international security forces and the protection cluster; support Community Liaison Assistants in their daily work; collate and analyze information they submit.
  • Work with JOC and JMAC to provide early warning of POC threats to Head of Office. Monitoring, analysis, and reporting
  • Coordinate the activities of local Joint Protection Teams, and lead or join protection assessments with other actors.
  • Ensure that adequate PoC analysis is 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; and
  • Take responsibility for any POC monitoring and reporting activities in the area of responsibility.
  • Training
  • Support POC Advisors in assessing the training needs on protection of civilian’s issues within the mission, and design and support the delivery of tailored POC modules with relevant mission components, in close consultation with the IMTC.
  • In cooperation with the IMTC and other mission components, ensure adequate training on PoC for Governmental institutions.
  • Provide support as required and undertake other tasks as may be appropriate to the specific context and tasks vis-à-vis PoC


  • Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, law, public Administration or related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in political science, humanitarian affairs, human rights, international relations, public administration, or related fields at the national and international level advisory skills are required. Experience working in post-conflict countries or in or in support of a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is desirable.


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

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