TIPH currently has 64 international mission members and 20 local staff members and consists of four divisions: Head of Mission’s Office, Research, Analysis and Information Division, Operational Division and Logistic and Administration Division. TIPHs observers come from the six contributing countries and are employed by their respective country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and police forces. In order to fulfil the mandate, TIPH employs Arabic-speaking and Hebrew-speaking observers as well as observers with police or military background. TIPH is an unarmed, civilian mission. All observers are working in a civilian capacity for TIPH.
Head of Mission Einar Johnsen
Brigadier General Johnsen, who served as TIPH Head of Mission from 20 September 2010 to 19 January 2012, has vast experience from international peacebuilding and peacekeeping missions in the Middle East and Balkans. After completing his tour as TIPH HOM in 2012, he served as Chief of Arms Control Branch for the Norwegian Armed Forces and served as Deputy Head of Mission for the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation, UNTSO, in Jerusalem from 2013 to 2015.
– I am excited to be back in TIPH and my intention is to continue the important work that TIPH is carrying out in the city. I have visited Hebron several times since I left the mission in 2012, and it always felt like coming home. I am looking forward to work with the Palestinian and Israeli Authorities and support them in their efforts to maintain normal life in the city of Hebron.
Head of Mission’s Office
Head of Mission has, with the support of the Deputy Head of Mission, the overall responsibility for the mission, as well as for the relations with both the Israeli and the Palestinian Authorities.
HOM’s Office further consist of:
A Political Adviser who provides the Head of Mission with political updates and supports the mission’s efforts to develop and improve its activities,
A Security Officer who is responsible for the overall security of the mission,
Two Legal Advisers are responsible for assessing the TIPH’s reports from the perspective of international humanitarian law, human rights law, and the agreements on Hebron,
Four Liaison Officers are liaising with the Israeli and Palestinian Security Forces on a daily basis. They are serving as the focal points for strengthening the information flow between the mission, people living in Hebron and the relevant authorities,
A Head of Mission Secretary, who is assisting the Head of Mission.
Research, Analysis and Information Division
The Research, Analysis and Information Division (RAI) is responsible for analysing information collected by the observers, and compiling and writing reports on a regular basis. The reports are shared with the two parties and the six contributing countries. The division is in charge of giving briefings and tours of the city to visitors such as diplomats, NGOs and students. In addition, the RAI Division supports small scale community projects in different sectors, such as education, health and protection, which are aiming at creating a feeling of security and to normalise life in Hebron. RAI is managed by Head and deputy Head of Division and consists of
A Press and Information Officer who provides the mission with media updates and supports the mission’s effort to develop and improve its activities as well as serves as the Point of Contact for the media,
A Gender Adviser is responsible for TIPH Gender Mainstreaming efforts,
Three Research Officers who are in charge of compiling the monthly and periodic reports, study papers as well as giving briefs and tours to visitors,
Two Community Relations Officers who are managing the community relations projects.
An Information Manager deals with the internal information flow and archiving.
The main task of the division is to carry out patrols within the area of responsibility in Hebron seven days a week. Through its presence of observers, TIPH is monitoring and reporting efforts to maintain a normal life in Hebron. Moreover, patrolling is also aimed at creating a feeling of security among the Palestinians in the city.
To secure a fully operational patrol, all patrols consist of observers with military or police backgrounds, and observers who speak Arabic and Hebrew. Patrols are conducted mainly by foot, to sustain a good communication with the population in Hebron. However, to be able to fulfil all operational needs, car patrolling is necessary.
The Operation Division is manned with an Arabic speaker on call, who can be reached in case of urgent situations on a 24-hours basis.
Logistics and Administration Division
The Logistics and Administration Division is responsible for supporting the TIPH mission members and staff in their daily work. The division consists of six subdivisions: Personnel Management, Finance Office, Communication and Information Technology Office, Building and Transport Management, Procurement and Medical Office.