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Protection of Civilians

The members of the Protection of Civilians (PoC) team are:

Anita Hossain

Senior Data Analyst Human Security Survey

Anita specializes in monitoring & evaluation, results, and data for peace and conflict programming. During her time at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and War Child Holland, she gained expertise on the development of theories of change, results frameworks, and logframes, the reporting of complex and varied results, and communicating these results to various audiences. She obtained a BSc in Social Psychology and an MA in Conflict Studies and Human Rights, is passionate about quantitative analysis, research methodologies, and data, and has substantive experience working with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). Anita joined PAX as Senior Analyst for the Human Security Survey.


LinkedIn: Anita Hossain


Anton Quist

Project lead Human Security Survey (South Sudan)

Anton QuistAnton is a human security and civil-military specialist, with a background in social science and development studies. Anton obtained a Master’s degree on Cultural Anthropology and Non-Western Sociology at Leiden University, a Bachelor’s degree on Arabic Language and Culture at Leiden University, as well as an Advanced Master International Development at the Radboud University Nijmegen. Previously, Anton has worked with United Civilians for Peace (UCP), ICCO and Kerk in Actie, before joining PAX in 2013.


LinkedIn: Anton Quist


Carrie Huisman

Project lead Human Security Survey (Iraq)

Carrie HuismanCarrie Huisman is a conflict resolution, governance, and human security specialist with a technical background in research and program evaluation. She worked previously with several implementing organizations, including Freedom House and Search for Common Ground, and served as a consultant for a wide variety of international institutions (such as the International Criminal Court, Save the Children, USAID, and the World Bank, among others). She has significant field experience in East Africa, West Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Huisman obtained a Master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She joined PAX in 2016; since then she has led the Human Security Survey in Iraq. Additionally, Carrie also is the team’s focal point in ensuring that gender is mainstreamed across all of the team’s initiatives.


LinkedIn: Carrie Stefansky Huisman


Erin Bijl

Project Officer Protection of Civilians

Erin first joined the team as an intern in February 2019 as part of her Conflict Studies and Human Rights MA programme, which she completed Cum Laude with a thesis on the securitisation of Muslims in Myanmar. During her internship, Erin conducted, among other things, a literature review of PoC-training modules, research on a new methodological layer for the HSS, and assisted with the set-up of the PAX-facilitated Early Warning / Early Action in Burkina Faso Pilot project. Erin rejoined the Protection of Civilians team as a consultant, supporting the team in the coordination of its new programming and as Project Officer for the project Protection in Practice.


LinkedIn: Erin Bijl


Hans Rouw

Overall Program Lead Protection of Civilians team

Hans RouwHans Rouw is a security and disarmament specialist with a decade of progressive experience in research, project management and advocacy on human security approaches in conflict. He has worked in diverse contexts such as South Sudan, DR Congo, Colombia, Libya, Tunisia, Iraq, Rwanda, Nepal and the US on a variety of projects and training in conflict. His current focus within the PoC team includes community engagement in Peacekeeping missions, linking local insights to international preparation and training for Peacekeeping and Civil-Military interaction. He joined PAX in 2009. Hans is the overall Program Lead for PoC in PAX and closely works with the MFA and the MoD on PoC related themes.


LinkedIn: Hans Rouw


Haydar Khattar

Human Security Survey Senior Field Officer Iraq

Haydar has more than eight years of work experience in humanitarian development programming in Iraq. During his work for organizations such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Mercy Corps, he supported various communities in conflict and in post conflict settings and was involved in several women and youth empowerment projects. Haydar coordinated the establishment of Adolescent and Youth Free Space (AYFS) in many Iraqi governorates which granted the youth the ability to learn and speak freely with support from the local communities. As the Human Security Survey Senior Field Officer Haydar is responsible for the coordination of the HSS activities in Iraq.


John Malith Mabor

Senior Project Officer Human Security South Sudan (Juba)

John was previously involved in the Human Security Survey (HSS) in South Sudan project in his capacity as HSS Coordinator at the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms (SSANSA). He contributed to two survey cycles, assisted in training 80 data collectors, supervised the collection of 4.253 respondents and organized community engagement events attended by more than 400 local stakeholders. He contributes primarily to the HSS in South Sudan, where he will be conducting data collector trainings, organizing security dialogues and coordinating with the local field partners and committees on the ground.


Mbiko Tanggahma

Group Assistant Protection of Civilians

Mbiko TanggahmaMbiko joined PAX in October 2016. She was born in The Hague, has a Papuan background and spent half of her childhood in Dakar, Senegal. Mbiko offers logistical and practical support to the whole team. Next to her work at PAX, she takes pride in her voluntary work as liaison for ELSHAM Papua in Europe, helping them with communication, fundraising, events and lobby work at the UN in Geneva and at the EU in Brussels.


LinkedIn: Mbiko Tanggahma


Saba Azeem

Project Lead Human Security Survey Iraq (maternity leave cover)

Saba comes with over eight years of experience working in the development and humanitarian sectors in conflict and post-conflict environments. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s in Conflict Studies and Human Rights, with experience working in fundraising, grant management, programme management, qualitative research and civilian harm tracking. Originally hailing from Pakistan, Saba has also lived and worked in Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan and Syria for organisations such as the Danish Committee for Aid for Afghan Refugees (DACAAR), the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Oxfam.

Email: LinkedIn: Saba Azeem


Selma van Oostwaard

Senior Project Officer Protection of Civilians

Selma van Oostwaard Selma joined PAX in 2011, where she worked with the Humanitarian Disarmament team. She was pivotal in the work that was done on the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. From 2011-2018, van Oostwaard represented PAX during international disarmament platforms and was part of the PAX delegation joining the negotiations on the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. She joined the Protection of Civilians team thereafter as program officer, with a focus on international developments in PoC policy making and implementation.


LinkedIn: Selma van Oostwaard 


Wilbert van der Zeijden

Project lead Defence and Security Policies

Wilbert van der ZeijdenWilbert is Defense and Security Policies project coordinator at PAX. He’s an international relations specialist and a graduate of the Vrije University in Amsterdam. Previously he coordinated the ‘Militarism and Globalisation’ program at the Transnational Institute (2001-2009) and he was senior researcher in the Humanitarian Disarmament team of PAX (2010-2015). His current focus within the PoC team includes the international developments in PoC policy making and implementation; civilian harm; and European security.


LinkedIn: Wilbert van der Zeijden