Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
Posting Period: 09 November 2021 - 08 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Human Rights Affairs-MINUSMA-168167-R- (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The Protection of Civilians Officer will be based in one of the regions and reports to the Head of Office and the Senior Protection of Civilians Advisor.


The Protection of Civilians (PoC) Officer will support the implementation of the Mission's mandate for the protection of civilians. The POC Officer will perform a coordination, analytical, and monitoring and reporting role. Specifically, s/he will be responsible for working with mission components and the Head of Office to develop and regularly update the POC threat assessment for the area of responsibility; provide secretariat services to POC coordination structures at the field level and ensure their functioning; contribute to the development of the mission-wide POC strategy and local protection plans; coordinate the activities of joint protection teams; support the regional PoC Working Group; and coordinate with Community Liaison Assistants and the regional humanitarian protection actors. The POC Officer will also support efforts to ensure that protection of civilians’ concerns are appropriately mainstreamed within mission components at the field level. Within delegated authority, the Protection of Civilians Officer P3 will be responsible for 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; including local contingency plans, early warning and POC priority matrices;
•Provide secretariat support to the regional PoC Working Group;
•Ensure close coordination with relevant PoC partners in the development and implementation of the strategy and regional PoC plans, including with focal points for child protection and sexual violence in conflict;
•Support the HoO in strengthening cooperation with relevant protection actors, including regional authorities, civil society, UN agencies and funds and programs with complementary mandates and other relevant partners, including with international security forces and the protection cluster;
• Support to Civil Affairs Section and promote CLA work and ensure they are incorporated into training and support to FOs etc..
•Work closely with civilian sections, Force and UNPOL to provide early warning of PoC threats to Head of Office and support JOC in PoC information triangulation, monitoring, analysis and reporting;
•Ensure that joint PoC threat assessments action plans and mission reports are circulated within protection actors and that recommendations are followed up at the respective level;
•Ensure that adequate PoC analysis is included in relevant reporting requirements including in regional 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.
•Work closely with Human Rights Section in the monitoring of the International Humanitarian law violations and contribute to the work on Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP).

•Support POC Unit in assessing the training needs on protection of civilians issues within the area of responsibility, 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 protection partners, and provide support as required and undertake other tasks as may be appropriate to the specific context and tasks vis-à-vis PoC.


•Professionalism: Thorough knowledge of and significant practical experience with issues related to protection and rights of women and children affected by armed conflict. Understanding of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law. Strong analytical skills and excellent skills in drafting a broad range of documents including speeches and reports. 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 work in support of, and in cooperation with, others. Ability to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan and those under his/her supervision. 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, humanitarian and human rights law, public administration or related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work 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.

Field experience in a complex environment is desirable.

Previous experience working on protection of civilians’ issues and within the region are an advantage


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in both oral and written English and French is required. In particularly, great reporting skills in written English are essential.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

The appointment or assignment and renewal thereofare subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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