Associate Weapons and Ammunition Management Officer, Goma DRC

Employer: UNOPS
Location: DRC Goma
Closing: 17 November 2015

Background Information UNOPS
UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.
Background Information - PSC
Peace and Security Cluster

The UNOPS Peace and Security Cluster (PSC) 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

The United Nations applies mine action expertise to mitigate the threat of an increasingly wide range of explosive hazards, from unexploded missiles, artillery shells, rockets, grenades and mortars, to unsafe and unsecured weapons and ammunition, improvised explosive devices and cluster bombs. UNMAS leads, coordinates and carries out efforts to mitigate these threats when mandated by the United Nations Security Council or, when requested by the Secretary-General or an affected country, often in response to a humanitarian emergency.

UNMAS in Democratic Republic of CongoUNMAS supports the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo in providing a safe environment for its population through; (1) Protection of Civilians by the clearance of all known minefields and Explosive Remnants of War, (2) Security and Stabilisation by the destruction of weapons & ammunition recovered from armed groups as well as the provision of safe storage and management of weapons & ammunition, and (3) Capacity Enhancement by working with State actors to enhance the ability to national authorities to manage and fund the required activities without international assistance. The guiding principles of national ownership, gender mainstreaming and conflict sensitivity are imbedded in all UNMAS activities
Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of UNMAS Operations/Weapons and Ammunitions Management Officer, the Associate Weapons and Ammunition Officer is the operational and technical focal point in relation to ammunition & weapons management (WAM) for the programme. The responsibilities include:
Review national Physical Security & Stockpile Management (PSSM) standards with the national authorities and security forces, considering technical guidance from implementing partners, using best practice identified in the international ammunition technical guidelines (IATGs) and International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) as a baseline;
Assist with the management of operational tasking process for all contracts, including assessments and rehabilitation activities for WAM;
Review work plans submitted by implementing partners for WAM / PSSM activities coordinated by UNMAS.
Prepare Quick Impact Project (QIP) proposals for submission to MONUSCO. Either independently for UNMAS or jointly with other MONUSCO substantive sections.
Assist the QIP Project Manager in the eastern side of DRC specifically in managing the operations in Bunia (Ituri) and Bukavu (South Kivu).
Monitor and evaluate QIP and WAM projects through field inspections, and reviews of task reports by implementing partners, to measure progress against issued tasks and adherence to standards;
Supervise national operational personnel, regarding QIP and WAM activities.
Provide relevant information on achievements and challenges to the WAM Officer, programme and support services staff;
Advise the Operations/WAM Officer on any non-compliance with contractual requirements by implementing agencies, and recommend remedial action;
Act as a technical advisor to MONUSCO and national security institutions regarding weapon and ammunition management, security and safety.
Ensure that the organizations funded through UNMAS, work according to contract specifications and or Memorandums of Agreement and maintain good relations with the national authorities, security forces, contractors, NGOs and other UN agencies in the region.
Undertake any other duties as requested and tasked by Programme Officer.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Judgment/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision.Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts.Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.
Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.
Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects
Education/Experience/Language requirements
An advanced University Degree (Master's Degree or equivalent) in relevant subject matter such as International Relations, Peace and Conflict/ Security Studies or relevant discipline and 2 years' of relevant experience. A first level university degree (Bachelor's Degree or equivalent) in relevant subject matter and 4 years' of experience may be accepted in lieu of the master's degree requirement.
At least 2 years of relevant experience in the field of Weapons and Ammunition Management.
Previous experience in the implementation of Mine Action programmes is required.
Proven experience in report writing required.
Applicant must have previous supervisory experience.
Past experience in a post conflict environment is an essential requirement.
Familiarity with International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) and International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) is mandatory.
A valid driving licence is required.
Experience in project proposal development is desirable.
Experience in project management is an asset.
Knowledge of disarmament and security sector reform issues is desirable.
Fluency in English and French language skills is required.
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type:International Individual contractor Agreement (IICA)
Contract level: IICA- 1
Contract duration: 7 months

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Additional Considerations
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.
For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.