Civil Affairs Officer, P4

United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan
  • Location
    Wau, South Sudan
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 19

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the Civil Affairs Division of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The Civil Affairs Officer will be based in Wau. Wau is classified as an “E” hardship duty station and a non-family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Director of Civil Affairs Division through Senior Civil Affairs Officer.


Core Profile

Within the limits of delegated authority, the Civil Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Represents the mission as required and ensures that all relevant governmental and nongovernmental actors are coordinated in support of the governance priorities identified by the government;
  • Provides information and analysis for the Mission and other actors where applicable, on governance dynamics that impact political, social and economic issues affecting conflict dynamics at the local and regional level, including analysis on how these relate to the national level and vice versa. Ensures a sound methodology for identifying concerns and perceptions of the local governance, and ensures these are effectively communicated to the Mission, as well as other actors where appropriate. Identifies emerging issues and critical peacebuilding and governance gaps;
  • Ensures a shared understanding of the Mission environment, mandate and operations amongst Mission actors at the regional or local level, uniformed components, to support consistency and coherence of approach;
  • Establishes and fosters effective working relations with members of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT);
  • Troubleshoots problems that arise at the regional or local level that threaten mandate implementation and the progress of the peace process. Formulates recommendations concerning Mission broader actions and approaches required at regional or local level, mobilizes a response from other actors where appropriate;
  • Identifies, manages, and evaluates individual projects implemented including under the Programmatic Activities’ Fund in line with the mission specific priorities;
  • Supervises, monitors, and encourages the work of officers under his/her responsibility in undertaking the full range of their duties;
  • Identifies and researches good practice and lessons learned in Civil Affairs work and shares these with colleagues, including through active participation in the online Civil Affairs Network;
  • Contributes to overall mission monitoring and planning as required.

Conflict Management

  • Proactively contributes to overall mission monitoring and planning, Conflict Management, and protection of civilians. Develops strategies aimed at strengthening local level conflict management work in line with the wider strategy including mechanisms for information-sharing, crisis response and protection of civilians as needed;
  • Facilitates and supports dialogue between governance institutions and civil societies by convening structured meetings and similar activities and supports Civil Society networks and/or institutions that promote a culture of peace and reconciliation;
  • Supports dialogue between groups in conflict in the area of responsibility by convening structured meetings and similar activities;
  • Promotes and protects the interest of excluded and/or threatened groups through advocacy in full respect of humanitarian and international law;
  • Supports civil society groups and/or institutions at the local level that promote a culture of peace and reconciliation;
  • Assists the civil society groups and institutions where appropriate, in becoming effective implementing partners for programmatic funded and other peacebuilding projects.

Support to State Institutions

  • Engages regularly with Civil Society and peace networks both at the national and sub national levels including youth and women groups. Assists Civil Society Groups to coordinate joint position on policy, peace, and governance issues in support of the peace process;
  • Designs and implements appropriate and practical Civil Affairs support to local authorities, including mentoring and provision of supporting to policy and decision-making processes where appropriate including facilitation of governors’, commissioners’, and other forums in support of dialogue and cooperation between authorities, civil society, and other relevant interest groups with the aim of creating political space and accountability;
  • Initiates and supports events such as town-hall meetings to foster development of political space at the local level. Initiates and/or supports civic education programmes at the local level on a range of issues, in support of the peace process, in coordination with local authorities, civil society actors and other relevant interest groups.

Programme Management

  • Supports the respective Head of Office and the Director of Civil Affairs in all aspects of their role. Serves as the Team Leader of Civil Affairs Team in Wau and performs other duties as required, including assuming a management and leadership role in support of the Head of Office and/or in her/his absence;
  • Manages the local Civil Affairs at the Field Office, undertaking and overseeing the programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for its functioning. Designs and oversees implementation of the Civil Affairs work plan for the respective field office. Ensures that all Civil Affairs and non-Civil Affairs Missions actors share an understanding of the Mission mandate and operations, and act in a cohesive and consistent manner. Coordinates with UNCT partners to ensure a coherent UN system effort;
  • Contributes towards efforts to researching, identifying, and sharing good practices and lessons learned with the Civil Affairs component and the global Civil Affairs community;
  • Performs other duties as required, in line with the DPO Policy Directive on Civil Affairs.


  • 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;
  • 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 audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed;
  • 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;
  • 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 and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, law, international relations, public administration, social sciences, anthropology, economics, or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in Civil Affairs-related work with UN Peacekeeping Operations, UN funds or programmes, National or International NGOs, or community-based organizations, research institutions or related field is required;
  • Of these seven years, a minimum of 4 years demonstrated in conflict management, facilitation, mediation, and negotiation skills; experience in facilitating structured dialogue events between different parties, and reconciliation activities and processes is required;
  • Experience working on support to state institutions, and/or programme management, security, political and institutional analysis; planning and organizing, women’s empowerment, youth empowerment (YPS), and/or development of civil society is desirable.


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

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