Civil Affairs Division

Who we are

In the UNMISS Civil Affairs Division, experienced national and international personnel work in ten field offices across South Sudan to provide a link between the Mission, local authorities and communities.  


What we do

Consistent with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2406 (2018) and SRSG David Shearer’s vision to Protect Civilians and Build Durable Peace, Civil Affairs undertakes its responsibilities with three strategic priorities in mind:

  • Conflict management focuses on assisting local stakeholders to prevent, mitigate and resolve communal conflict. Initiatives include support to pastoral migration processes, including in Aweil, Upper Nile, Warrap and Wau, and assisting the five states of Amadi, Gok, Eastern Lakes, Western Lakes and Terekeka states establish a joint border committee to manage pastoral migration across their respective borders. This portfolio of work also includes support to specific communal conflicts, notably in greater Jonglei, Eastern Lakes, and Gogrial. Pictured: 5-State Pastoral Migration Conference in Terekeka State
  • Civil Affairs works with local communities to address social cohesion issues. This work helps to repair the social fabric and build trust among conflicted or competing communities. Examples of this work has included improving civil-military relations, sports for peace programs, supporting high school peace clubs, and delivering workshops on understanding the role of identity in communities. Pictured: Women’s forums in the Bentiu PoC Site
  • Support for reconciliation initiatives. In order to help sustain resolutions to peace agreements, Civil Affairs assists local stakeholders in conducting reconciliation activities. This has included supporting intra-communal reconciliation programing in Boma and Torit. Pictured: Mainstreaming Intra-Murle Peace Agenda in Pibor, Boma State





Who we work with

On a regular basis, the Civil Affairs Division collaborates with faith-based organizations, traditional authorities, all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, international organizations, women’s groups, and youth groups to ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of its work. With the help of these actors, Civil Affairs delivered 149 projects which saw the participation of over 10,000 stakeholders during the 2016-2017 budget year.

By empowering traditional leaders, state authorities, women, youth, and the internally displaced, these individuals become better placed to act on conflict management, reconciliation, and social cohesion matters within their communities.