Operations Analyst

Employer: UN Office for Project Services
Mogadishu, Somalia
Closing date: 13 May 2016

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
The UNOPS 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 UNOPS PSC provides specialized project management services to efficiently support UNMAS in delivering essential work on the ground in emergency, post-conflict and peacek​eeping environments with the aim of promoting peace and security, protecting civilians and ensuring long lasting human security


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.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Project Manager for UNMAS support to AMISOM the Operations Analyst will act as the knowledge-management focal point for the project. S/he will be responsible for the following functions:
Liaison between UNMAS HQ, specific programmes and key stakeholders in country;
Provide FHQ non-lethal tactical analysis, advice and information regarding explosive hazard threats to better inform mobility planning processes;
Advise FHQ on defensive non-lethal combat engineering response and movement planning, and provide recommendations for all mobility operations;
Provide FHQ technical advice on route analysis, mapping, current IED threats, possible vulnerable points (choke points, bridges, etc.), and historical data;
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 recommendations to FHQ on appropriate deployment of UNMAS-contracted assets and support centralized command and control of assets available to the Force Commander;
Collation, verification, processing and organization of raw Explosive Hazard-related data, including evaluating the reliability of sources and credibility of information;
Analysis of situations and entities of operational, or tactical importance, and, with appropriate statements of probability, advise on the likelihood of possible future actions in those situations and by those entities;
Production of threat assessments based on known data;
Liaison with appropriate in-country agencies to facilitate information sharing;
Provide briefings and presentations of analytical findings and conclusions;
Continually assess the operational situation for areas of improvement in efficiency, effectiveness and safety within the local explosive hazard threat;
Identify continuous improvements and lessons learned;
Identify risks and plan risk mitigation strategies and report on the progress of deployment activities through written and verbal briefings to UNMAS Senior management;
Review and promulgate all IED and WIT reports;
Review and promulgate all UNMAS produced IEDD related documentation to include weekly/monthly statistics, presentations and reports;
Maintain master IEDD database; and
Implement any other tasks requested by the Project Manager.

Competencies Professionalism: is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
Communication: speaks and writes clearly and effectively.
Teamwork: works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals.
Judgement/decision making: checks assumptions against facts.
Creativity: actively seeks to improve programmes or services. Skills**

Justice and Security sector reform:
Security/ Police/Military/Defence experience in the field of analysis. (Mandatory – 3 years experience within the ladt 5 years)
Security/ Police/Military/Defence experience in the field of Intelligence. (Mandatory – 5 years)

Contextual skills:
EOD/ IEDD knowledge (Optional).
Experience in presenting to HQ level senior management ( Mandatory)

Information Technology:
MS office. (Mandatory – 5 years)
Experience in database designing (Optional)
Experience in database management (Mandatory)

Education/Experience/Language requirements


A first-level university degree (Bachelor's or equivalent) in combination with additional 5 years of required qualifying experience
High school diploma and Military experience (or relevant Police experience) at the Staff Officer Level in combination with additional 8 years qualifying experience may also be accepted in lieu of the first level university degree.

Minimum 3 years experience within the last 5 years in the field of information analysis.
Minimum 5 years of experience in the field of Military/ Security/ Police/ Defense intelligence.

Language requirements:
Fluency in written and oral English.
Working knowledge of French is desirable.

Weapons intelligence Team Trained (WIT)
Driving Licence



Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement (I-ICA)
Contract level: I-ICA 1
Contract duration: 6 Months

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