Protection of Civilian Officer, P4

UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    May 25

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Policy and Best Practices Service of the Division of Policy, Evaluation and Training in DPKO/DFS. The Protection of Civilian Officer reports to Deputy Chief of the Service.

The Service provides institutional cross-cutting capacity to strengthen peace operations including through doctrine, policies and guidance, forward looking policy research and advice to UN leadership.


Under the supervision of the Deputy Chief of the Service, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties:

  • To assist in improving the implementation of Protection mandates in UN peacekeeping operations, with a focus on the Protection of Civilians, and in close consultation with specialized protection experts, uniformed expertise, and relevant country desks;
  • Develops, implements and evaluates PoC policy, guidance and implementation strategies; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; works to ensure that political strategies, peacebuilding and sustaining peace approaches in peacekeeping operations inform PoC mandates and vice versa; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions;
  • Works closely with DPKO and DFS offices, including the Office of Operations, Office of Military Affairs, the Office of the Rule of Law and Security Institutions, the Logistics Support Division, to determine how POC can be more effectively integrated into the mission planning processes for which they are responsible;
  • Synthesises the work of DPKO/DFS on PoC, Child Protection and Sexual Violence in Conflict and communicates that synthesis effectively internally within DPKO/DFS and vis-à-vis protection partners;
  • Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources;
  • Provides specialist inputs on POC into cross-cutting guidance, training and planning materials;
  • Contributes to and provides analysis of ongoing POC policy debates, including in Member State and research fora;
  • Contributes to POC lessons learned exercises; including generating and analysing surveys; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identify problems/issues and prepares conclusions;
  • Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.;
  • Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities;
  • Leads and/or participates in large, complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.;
  • Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.);
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Expert knowledge of institutional mandates, organizational structures and policies within the UN, guidelines and methodologies relating to the protection of civilians. Knowledge of peacekeeping processes. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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 & 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 law, political science, international relations, human rights, child rights, women's rights or a related field. 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in the protection of civilians (PoC) in armed conflict, including specifically working on the development and management of PoC political or programmatic activities is required. Experience working in or in support of a peace operation is highly desirable.


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

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