Mar 24, 2016

Operations Officer x4 (Demining) , Somalia

Location: Somalia (Mogadishu; Kismayo, Dhobley, Baidoa )
Closing date: 09 Apr 2016
Contract Duration 6 months
Starting Date ASAP

United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is a division of the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). UNMAS is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly (RES/68/72) to ensure an effective, proactive and coordinated response to the problem posed by a wide range of explosive hazards. Legislative mandates also recognize UNMAS technical expertise in responding to threats posed by unsecured and unsafe conventional weapons and ammunition stockpiles. As an office within DPKO, UNMAS supports peacekeeping and special political missions in accordance with Security Council mandates.

UNMAS as a component of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) provides explosive hazard management capacities, including mitigation, to AMISOM as part of a logistical support package. Non-lethal tactical advice and analysis is delivered by UNMAS technical advisors located in each AMISOM Sector Headquarters and at AMISOM Force Headquarters, who support AMISOM planning and operations. UNMAS support includes both enabling (“operate in spite of IEDs”) and response (“defeat the device”). As a component of the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) UNMAS also supports the Federal Government of Somalia, including the Somali Police Force, Somali Explosive Management Authority and National Security Advisor.

Our Client’s Peace and Security Cluster (PSC) supports and facilitates the work of United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), other UN partners, and Governments in some 18 countries and territories affected by explosive-hazards. The PSC provides specialized project management services to efficiently support UNMAS in delivering essential work on the ground in emergency, post-conflict and peacekeeping environments with the aim of promoting peace and security, protecting civilians and ensuring long lasting human security.

Advisory Role
Provide non-lethal tactical analysis, advice and information regarding explosive hazard threats to better inform mobility planning processes.
Advise on defensive non-lethal combat engineering response and movement planning, and provide recommendations for all mobility operations.
Prioritize and co-ordinate with the AMISOM Sector Commander and his staff to implement all operational tasking including EOD/IEDD callout response, providing operational and technical planning/advice to the AMISOM Sector Commander within the relevant sector.
Provide technical advice on route analysis, mapping, current IED threats, possible vulnerable points, and historical data, provide information for convoy planning and convoy commanders and support the operations planning for the Mission Enabling Unit (MEU).
Provide input into AMISOM doctrine and TTPs as it pertains to explosive hazard mitigation.
Act as a bridge between Sector Headquarters (SHQ) and Force Headquarters (FHQ) for information regarding explosive hazards and support collation of information at HQ to provide an overall up-to-date analysis for FHQ on the explosive hazard threat in the sectors.
Provide mapping and detailed threat analysis, in coordination with UNSOS GIS, for planning purposes.
Following a detailed assessment, will recommend a tailored package of services/assets to each Sector Commander based on need, available resources (equipment), explosive hazard threat, conditions on the routes, and based upon the training and experience of troops; and
Provide recommendations to Sector Commanders on appropriate deployment of UNMAS-contracted assets and support centralized command and control of assets available to the Sector Commander.

Contract Management
Oversee and supervise the delivery of any contracts with partners/implementers to ensure contractual conformity.
Coordinate and task implementing partners/contractors to deliver training and mentoring support to AMISOM explosive management operations.
Management, control and security of all explosives utilized by contractors and implementing partners in Sector 4.
Conduct routine on-site (when security situation permits) quality assurance of all organizations operations as part of the accreditation process.
Conduct a Monitoring and Evaluation review of the partner’s contractor’s quality management process.
Ensure that contractors are conforming to approve Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and are conducting safe and effective EOD/IEDD operations.
Ensure a quality management approach is taken to all EOD/IED and explosive management operations performed in the relevant sector; and
 Implementation of a quality management system, ensuring that the system is being applied in a fair and equitable manner and that accreditation and monitoring do not interrupt or delay operations.

Representation, Coordination and Administration
Fulfil the role of UNMAS representative for the relevant sector overseeing all UNMAS operations in the sector.
Perform comprehensive administrative management of the respective UNMAS office.
Provide training and mentoring for UNMAS staff on relevant topics.
Provide co-ordination support to all UNMAS operational activities (police support project, humanitarian project, AMISOM support project and WAM project) in the relevant sector.
Support establishment of an operations room for planning, briefing and de-briefing in the sectors.
Provide weekly and ad hoc reports on operational activities and contextual/political implications on the projects.
Provide input towards UNMAS internal strategic review processes; provide recommendations to improve the quality of projects.
When requested, fulfil the role of Investigating Officer for Detailed Independent Investigations or Boards of Inquiry for explosive hazard accidents or incidents.
Other tasks as directed by the Project Manager.



Military Experience at the Officer Level or Warrant Officer/Senior NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) with a minimum of 11 years of relevant experience.
Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience; or a First Level University Degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) with a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience

Work Experience:
Proven experience in an advisory and/or training capacity for combat engineer military units.
experience in an advisory and/or training capacity for senior military personnel within the last 5 years.
Proven experience providing information into planning processes for military support within the last 5 years.
Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) qualifications to an advanced level (IMAS level 3) is required.
Improvised Explosive Device qualifications Operator/Assistant 3 years’ experience within last 5 years.
Proven experience of Quality Management processes is an advantage.

Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
Basic written and spoken French is an advantage.

Other Skills:
Communication skills associated with diplomacy, relationship building and representation.
Demonstrated capability of rapid decision-making (with little margin of error), under conditions of extreme stress.
High standard of physical fitness; able to live in remote locations with poor access to communications.
Internationally recognized driving license.
Knowledge of UN systems and procedures is desirable.
Computer literacy, in particular the use of MS Office package.

Key Competences:
Teamwork – Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
Planning & Organization – Ability to manage, organize, plan and implement work assignments, juggle competing demands and work under pressure of frequent and tight deadlines.
Judgment – Demonstrated ability to apply good judgment and decision making skills.
Communications – Strong spoken and written communication skills.
Problem Solving – Strong analytical and problem solving skills and ability to handle a range of management and coordination issues.
Professionalism – Professionalism: sound knowledge of, and exposure to, administrative and financial management issues.

How to apply:
Interested candidates should submit their CV along with their application letter via e-mail to