Protection, Transition and Reintegration

The Protection, Transition and Reintegration (PTR) Section of UNMISS is the interface between the Mission and a variety of partners who provide critical humanitarian services to internally displaced people.Photo by Nektarios Markogiannis/UNMISS.

Who we are:

The Protection, Transition and Reintegration (PTR) Section was established in July 2021, following reconfiguration and amalgamation of the Protection of Civilians Unit and the Relief, Reintegration and Protection Section, to contribute to the attainment of the Mission’s strategic vision, focusing on delivery of the Mission’s protection of civilians mandate, supporting durable solutions to promote sustained safe and voluntary return and reintegration of displaced persons, and creating conditions conducive to humanitarian assistance delivery for populations affected by conflict and climate-related security risks.

What we do:

  • Protection: enhancing protection of civilians through engagement and dialogue with national and sub-national authorities for establishment of a protective environment for civilians, with specific focus on internally displaced persons, returnees, women, youth, and children.
  • Transition: promoting coherent planning and implementation of integrated strategies for stabilization, coordinated transition of service delivery, durable peace between peacekeeping, humanitarian, and development partners, and the government.
  • Reintegration: promoting creation of a secure environment for safe, informed, voluntary, and dignified return, relocation, resettlement, or (re)integration into host communities for internally displaced persons and refugees when and to locations where conditions are conducive.

PTR seeks to accomplish these efforts leveraging quick-impact projects (QIPs), programmatic activities, and other funding mechanisms, and frameworks, including the Partnership for Peace, Recovery and Resilience (PfPRR), Reconciliation, Stabilization and Resilience Trust Fund, and Peace Building Fund.

General overview of our work:

  • Strengthening government capacity towards its primary responsibility to protect civilians and administer redesignated protection of civilian sites, through workshops and sessions with national and local authorities, and strengthening early warning mechanisms including community protection networks.
  • Providing protection of civilians specific training and support to relevant sections including United Nations military personnel and United Nations Police to enhance coherent civil-military planning and responses.
  • Providing site administration of Malakal protection of civilian site and ensure coordinated planning and actions with Mission components and humanitarian and protection partners to protect internally displaced persons.
  • Supporting national and sub-national stakeholders to implement the National Framework and Action Plan on Return, Reintegration and Recovery, through technical advisory, capacity building and contributing to durable solutions for internally displaced persons, including those in Malakal protection of civilians’ site.
  • Promoting coherent planning for integrated consolidation of the protection of civilians’ responses, identification of opportunities for joint programming to support early recovery, stabilisation, and peace initiatives by promoting collaboration between peacekeeping, humanitarian, and development entities.
  • Managing and administering the award of the Mission’s Quick Impact Projects in support of UNMISS strategic priorities to establish and build community confidence and acceptance of the Mission and contribute to creating an improved environment for implementation of the Mission’s mandate.


PTR collaborates with all Mission substantive sections and components, UN Country Team, Humanitarian Country Team, protection partners, development actors, government, civil society organizations and communities and works to promote joint strategic and complementary initiatives, at the national and sub-national level.