Explosive Risk Education (ERE) Officer , Sudan
Location: El Fasher , Sudan
Background Information - PSC
Peace and Security Cluster
The UNOPS Peace and Security Cluster (PSC) within the Global Portfolio Services Office is a principal service provider in the field of mine action with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UNDP, UNICEF, Governments of mine-affected countries and other mine action partners. The Cluster is responsible to administer, provide support and oversight of the day-to-day management of the Project Field offices, both according to the client requirements and in line with UNOPS rules and regulations.
It is headed by the Cluster Director who has the overall authority and accountability for the performance of the Peace and Security Cluster on behalf of its clients.
Background Information - Job-specific
United Nations Mine Action Service
In Darfur, UNMAS works through the Ordnance Disposal Office (ODO) to support the UNAMID mandate. The Ordnance Disposal Office (ODO) works in support of the African Union- United Nations Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) mandate. Activities of this office include EOD/Survey operations, ERW risk Education/ Victim Assistance, Weapons and Ammunition Safety Management and National Capacity Building. The activities areODO work is conducted in all five states of Darfur through the sector offices: North Darfur (El Fasher), West Darfur (El Geneina), Central Darfur (Zalingei), East Darfur (El Daien), and South Darfur (Nyala). This position shall be based within the ODO team in El Fasher, Sudan (Darfur).
The conflict in Darfur has left a legacy of Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) which continue to pose imminent threat of death, injuries and destruction of property to the local population. The ERW also provide a potential source of ordnance explosives for manufacture of IED which could be used against the local communities; UN and humanitarian organizations operating in Darfur. In addition to ERW presence, the misuse of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) under private ownership is a major cause of deaths and injuries in Darfur. The continued armed hostilities in Darfur also significantly increases the chances that previously cleared areas are re-contaminated with ERW. The African Union - United Nations Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has been mandated to protect civilians under threat of physical violence. Ordnance Disposal Office as an integral part of UNAMID has aligned its activities to support the mission in achieving this objective. ODO seeks to provide ERW Risk Education and data gathering on the existing ERW and SALW threats and on ERW related accidents. The overall objective of ODO Risk Education pillar is to support the reduction in number of unexploded ordnance explosive devices and SALW related incidents in the five states using various media outlets and direct risk education approach.
The Explosive Remnants of War Risk Education (ERE) officer will work under the overall supervision of the Programme Manager and under direct supervision of the Chief of Operations. The role will liaise with other Mission actors, national authorities and international and national partners.
Summary of key functions:
1. Provides support in explosive risk training, focusing on achievement of the following results:
Projects related to explosive risk reduction are implemented according to high quality standards and in line with UNOPS rules;
Necessary support is provided including design of training contents for Mission uniformed and civilian staff, including those from other UN Agencies and NGOs operating in Darfur;
Packages are designed for Training of Trainers for the UNAMID Police component;
2. Provides technical support on explosive risk education project implementation to relevant stakeholders and ODO team, focusing on achievement of the following results:
Guidance is provided regarding technical implementation of risk education projects to ensure timely and effective grants and contracts management;
ODO’s annual workplan for risk education activities is developed;
Budgetary forecasts and resource allocation plans, including staff and training needs of ERE, are developed;
ODO implementing partners in Risk Education are provided expert advise in reporting and are properly monitored for effective operations;
UNOPS New York Portfolio team is kept abreast of developments in grants management and implementation of ERE;
Implementing partners of ERE are supported in improving their operational sustainability, including in the areas of gender, environment and social sustainability.
Implementing partners of ERE are monitored in their activities and achievements are documented sufficiently.
3. Provides support for public information and communications in explosive risk edcuation, focusing on achievement of the following results:
Community outreach activities are successfully delivered, with gender-and-age sensitive as well as culture-sensitive approaches;
Collaboration with other UNAMID components on risk education outreach is productive and effective;
Governments have sufficient advice regarding implementation of communications initiatives in their outreach and operations;
Case studies of Darfur activities and accomplishments are collected and included in public information campaigns on behalf of UNOPS and UNMAS programmes;
In coordination with the UNAMID’s Mission Communication and Public Information Section, innovative approaches and materials relevant to ERW Risk Edcuation are designed and disseminated;
Activities, including annual International Day for ER Awareness celebrations, are coordinated and carried out effectively, with broad public outreach.
4. Support capacity building of explosive risk education for national actors, focusing on achievement of the following results:
Implementing parnters’ activities are monitored and coordination between partners and government is effective;
National staff, implementing partners and government actors are provided expert guidance and capacity development opportunities in regards to technical monitoring, including implementation of National Technical Standard and Guidelines;
Implementing partners of ERE provide financial reports and utilise funds on time;
Implementing partners of ERE are tasked and deployed according to the annual plan and all agreements;
Information exchange methodology is developed to ensure impacted communities are provided with up-to-date information on explosive risk education activities in their area.
Advanced university degree in political science, international relations, international law or a related field
At least 5 years of relevant experience in community-based education on risk education or other security matters background
Experience in humanitarian mine action or other security-related fields is required
Previous experience in managing public information or outreach campaigns is required
Experience working in gender-senstivity is considered an asset
Previous experience working within the UN and/or UNOPS system is considered an asset
Fluency in spoken and written English is mandatory.
Working knowledge of Arabic is considered an asset.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals
Planning & Organization: Monitors and adjusts plans as necessary, developing clear goald consistent with agreed strategies
Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities
Client Orientation: Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; meets timeline for delivery of products and services
Empowering others: encourages others to set challenging goals; involves others when making decisions that affect them
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type:International Individual Contractor Agreement (IICA)
Contract level: IICA -2 (ICS-10)
Contract duration: 9 months (extension based upon performance and budget availability)
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Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
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The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
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Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.