Jun 21, 2016

Technical Field Manager -Explosive Detection Dogs , Iraq

Location: Iraq
Closing date: 01 Jul 2016

Iraq is one of the most contaminated countries in the world in terms of Conventional Weapons (CW) and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). Decades of war have caused the country to be rife with unexploded ordnance (UXO) and small arms and light weapons (SALW), which pose a devastating human toll. In contaminated areas, populations face a high risk of death and injury. It is estimated that an average of 324 IED incidents occur on a monthly basis.

Since the offensives of the Islamic State (IS) group in 2014, Iraq has been facing an internal armed conflict and a double humanitarian crisis, with high numbers of internally-displaced people (IDPs) and Syrian refugees in need of humanitarian assistance. In 2015 the ongoing armed clashes have caused further waves of displacement. In January 2016, there were 3,290,000 recorded IDPs and 245,000 Syrian refugees in Iraq.

Handicap International (HI) started its activities in Iraq in 1991.

HI’s strategy in the country for 2016 includes 3 main components:

Emergency response for Internally Displaced Persons, returnees and the vulnerable host communities.

Mine Action: Survey, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD), risk education and victim assistance.

Long-term development projects: support to civil society, access to services, community-based rehabilitation.

HI’s current and planned activities in the mine action sector include:

Survey and EOD/IEDD in areas of Kirkuk governorate contaminated with CW and IEDs;

EOD/IEDD in Jalawla town and surrounding areas;

Direct risk education on CW and IEDs for IDPs, returnees and vulnerable populations;

Risk awareness on CW and IEDs through mass media;

Physical rehabilitation and psychosocial support for survivors and victims.


The Technical Field Manager (TFM) – Explosive Detection Dogs (EDD) reports hierarchically to and under the technical supervision of the Chief of Operations and works under their Quality Assurance monitoring. The Technical Field Manager will support the implementation of the specific objectives of the EDD component of the Multi-Task project in Diyala governorate, consisting of survey, EOD and IEDD.


The Technical Field Manager oversees coordination of one EDD team including two canines and two handlers.

1) Training of local staff in preparation for deployment to the field

Develop training packages and conduct EDD training including Quality Assurance training for field personnel and relevant contractors;

Ensure EDD team members are adequately trained and equipped prior to deployment to the field;

Identify opportunities for staff capacity building and design and implement training programmes;

Ensure all produced materials and tools are in line with SOPs and NMAS/IMAS and respect technical guidance and quality standards.

2) Ensure the safe execution of the EOD/IEDD project in designated base according to internal SOPs

Assist in the development and review of SOPs, specifically EDD operations;

Assist in the creation and ensure the implementation of work plans for EDD operations;

Collaborate with the EDD service provider on technical aspects of the development and deployment of EDD assets;

Oversee and coordinate the implementation of all EDD related operations;

Supervise and lead the deployment of 1 EDD team, guaranteeing compliance with regulations and agreed methodology;

Ensure accurate and consistent data management and monitoring.

3) Conduct regular Quality Assurance (QA) on survey and EOD/IEDD teams

Ensure a high level of quality assurance of activities using the appropriate internal guidelines and technical tools;

Report any non-conformity to the Chief of Operations and recommend corrective measures;

Seek the continual improvement of HI’s operations in terms of efficiency and effectiveness, in coordination with the Chief of Operations.

4) Logistics and administration
Support the logistics team in the identification and procurement of required equipment and resources for use in EDD operations and manage the testing, maintenance and storage of equipment.

Required Technical skills

· Technical Qualification minimum IMAS EOD level 3;
· IEDD qualified and proven experience;
· At least 5 years of experience in explosive dog detection operations;
· Past experience in the implementation of EDD Quality Management systems;
· Proven recent field experience in a similar role, either in the NGO or commercial sector;
· Good knowledge of project management within the humanitarian sector;
· Good knowledge of Humanitarian Mine Action and IMAS.

Transversal skills

Ÿ Good organisational and operations management skills;
Ÿ Training and mentoring skills;
Ÿ Computer skills (Pack Office, Excel, Arcmap);
Ÿ English mandatory – Arabic and/or Kurdish are an asset.

Personal skills
Ÿ Motivation and commitment to humanitarian ideals;
Ÿ Interest in involvement beyond the job assigned including active involvement in the ethos of the organisation itself;
Ÿ Ability to conduct work in a professional and mature manner;
Ÿ Ability to integrate into the local environment including awareness of social, political and economic aspects of the country;
Ÿ Ability to work, speak and behave in full respect of the principles of independence, neutrality and impartiality, in particular with regards to the different parties to the conflict in Iraq;
Ÿ Ability to work and live in the field within a team and respect the rules of collective living.

Please send a CV and motivation letter with the reference Please send a CV and motivation letter with the reference IRA16061 to xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxx.org

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