Civic Engagement Protection Officer At Nonviolent Peaceforce

Job Title: Civic Engagement Protection Officer

Function: Programme Implementation

Job Group: Programme

Duty Station: Various

Administrative Line Manager: Project Coordinator

Technical Line Manager: Project Coordinator / Senior Protection Specialist

Line Management Responsibility: N/A


To implement civilian protection for civil society and increase the operational space for civil society actors in South Sudan.


Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) is a dynamic, international non-governmental organisation. We work to reduce violence and protect civilians in countries affected by violent conflict and its aftermath. NP implements programming through the deployment of civilian protection teams to the field. NP is continuing to scale up to meet the growing needs in the communities we serve. In South Sudan, NP has a mobile protection response team and 11 field teams providing emergency protection programme for communities affected by violent conflict. Programming is founded on unarmed civilian protection and is thematically focused on protection in displacement, child protection, gender-based violence protection and inter-communal violence reduction.


Experienced International Civic Engagement Protection Officer to implement community-based violence reduction and prevention programming in various locations in South Sudan, in the context of an on-going civil conflict and extremely high levels of displacement. You will be a person with a genuine commitment to working at the community level, to promote Human rights someone who is skilled at building trusting relationships in an extremely polarized political climate. You are not deterred by the complexity of conflict; you are able to analyse conflict dynamics; you are motivated and unendingly persistent in finding and implementing protection and prevention strategies. You will be responsible for working together with other international and national colleagues to directly implement the project and to participate in reporting and documentation. You are comfortable living and working in a remote, physically demanding environment, living full-time in a shared compound environment while enjoying a simple diet.

The successful candidate combines creativity, innovation and demonstrated knowledge of protection, conflict prevention and peacebuilding. S/he is experienced and skilled at converting protection, violence reduction and conflict analysis theory into practical, locally appropriate solutions that effectively increases safety and security of civilians affected by violent conflict. S/he has excellent interpersonal skills and flair for connecting and building trust with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. S/he is solutions focused, strategic and is driven by a keen interest and personal commitment to civilian protection.


  • Assess security risks and implement mitigation strategies for both Civil Society Organizations and National NGO’s.
  • Continuously monitor conflict situation to track conflict trends and identify Human Rights Defenders’ needs.
  • Produce context analysis on civil society actors on a periodical basis.
  • Work and live within conflict-affected communities to build trust, to establish deep contextual understanding and to effect nonpartisan position.
  • Provide protection and threat mitigation to civil society actors with particular attention to strengthening local resources.
  • Design and implement protection interventions appropriate to context and need within parameters of mandate and projects.
  • Identify and flag communities or individuals in need of specialised support services, maintain updated referral pathway, ensure effective dissemination of information.
  • Establish and support community training to increase security capacity of South Sudanese, produce and provide trainings to various stakeholders.
  • Organize various events and trainings, including the handling of all related administration, finance, and logistics.
  • Facilitate active participation and leadership of women activists in community peace and security strategies.
  • Monitor all protection issues and coordinate with concerned local authorities and NGOs to ensure that relevant protection partners are fully informed on the situation in the region.
  • Prepare, facilitate, and conduct case management meetings.


Education, Knowledge and Experience

  • 3 -5 years’ work experience in human rights, civil society organizations, journalism or free press advocacy, human security, child, or civilian protection.
  • Demonstrated successful experience in working in complex security environments.
  • Demonstrated experience working with state authorities, negotiation, and mediation.
  • Demonstrated ability to live, work and solve problems independently and effectively in remote, highly challenging locations.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyse conflict, security, and political contexts.
  • Post-secondary education in law, human rights, international human rights law, international humanitarian law, negotiation, mediation, human security or related, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in travel and advocacy at international and regional Human Rights mechanisms.
  • Experience in drafting and analysis of legal documents would be an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience in case management.


Independent Judgment/Analytical:

  • Ability to set priorities, solve problems and analyse data
  • Ability to manage information with discretion
  • Demonstrable conflict analysis skills, identify entry points and design prevention and protection strategies
  • Ability to reflect and voice critique on effective and ineffective protection mechanisms


  • Ability to communicate with individuals from all walks of life
  • Proven ability to build relationships with the full range of actors including government, chiefs, military, police, and non-state actors
  • Passionate to work and live in a multi-cultural environment
  • Comfortable and able to work independently in a small team
  • Practical and creative in choosing your approach when facing problems
  • Genuine commitment and interest in living and working at the community level
  • Flexibility and adaptability are key
  • Patience, patience, patience

English Language:

  • Ability to interact confidently in English with colleagues and external contacts, to write documents and reports, and to present effectively relevant information

Information Technology:

  • Good skills in Microsoft Office applications
  • Interest in assessing and using evolving digital tools

Other Specialized Requirements

  • This posting can be physically demanding. Some teams work in remote areas, live in tents, and during field visits there is limited access to electricity or running water. Many of the field visits will require driving through rough terrain or walking long distances.
  • This field site is a complex security environment where conditions change rapidly – experience in insecure environments is essential to success in this position.

How to apply


  • Candidates meeting the above requirements are requested to visit our website to download and complete the NP Application to accompany your CV (max. 2 pages) and cover letter (max. 1 page). Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Please state in the subject line of the email: “Civic Engagement International Protection Officer”
  • The closing date for applications is Monday, 22 March 2021
  • Candidates may be selected before the closing date, apply early
  • As part of the recruitment process, shortlisted candidates may be asked to complete a written assignment before participating in an interview.


Nonviolent Peaceforce is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff at all levels. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. However, all qualified applicants regardless of their gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, or age, will be considered for this opportunity. Nonviolent Peaceforce acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of employees, contractors, volunteers, interns, beneficiaries, and other stakeholders and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice in the Humanitarian and Development sector.

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