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. It is led by the Director, who has overall authority and accountability for the performance PSC on behalf of its clients. The Director is responsible for administering and providing 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.
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 are 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
*CANDIDATES WITH NO UN OR UNOPS EXPERIENCE ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY *Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
Under the direct supervision of the HEM Project Manager, he/she will be responsible the following main duties:
Purpose and Scope of the Assignment
- Cooperate in the capacity building of the staff of the Somali Explosives Management Authority (SEMA) at Headquarters (HQ) and Regional level, including efforts to improve national mine action capacity in Somalia;
- Assist with the setting up for internal and external UNMAS HEM meetings and preparation of related briefing materials and recording of meeting minutes;
- Support coordination amongst Explosive Hazard sub-cluster members and represent UNMAS HEM in Protection Clusters to actively engage stakeholders and improve Mine Action response in Somalia;
- Manage all aspects of Mine Action related activities within HEM, carried out by Humanitarian mine action partners;
- Oversee and coordinate the implementation, execution and completion of all UNMAS HEM related Mine Action operations in Somalia;
- Support liaison with external stakeholders including national mine action authorities;
- Participate in field monitoring and Quality Assurance (QA) missions as per project and program plans;
- Support Victim Assistance initiatives including coordination meetings, training of staff and data collection efforts.
- Support in providing substantive inputs to assist the Project Manager in the preparation of project reports;
- Translate documents when requested from Somali to English and vice versa, in line with United Nations Standards and of various types of documents covering a broad range of subject matters dealt with by UNMAS HEM;
- Conduct regular coordination- with SEMA Operations and Information Management Sections, and check data prior to it being sent for input into UNMAS Programme Management Office (PMO);
- Ensure all UNMAS HEM related correspondence is received, dispatched and recorded;
- Develop and maintain a tracking system to assist the Project Manager HEM in following up on project pending issues;
- Follow up on project action points to ensure deadlines are met, address delays and bring to the attention of Project Manager HEM;
- When requested, conduct formal investigations of mine action incidents/accidents;
- Conduct analysis of project reports, investigations and preparation of recommended adjustments as required;
- Produce regular progress reports on his/her specific allocated tasks to the Project Manager HEM;
- Any other duties as requested by the Supervisor or Head of Section.
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.
** Education/Experience/Language requirements
- A First Level University Degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) with two years of relevant experience, OR
- High School Diploma (Secondary or equivalent) with six years of relevant experience is required.
- Relevant experience is defined as experience in operations management, operations support, project managementor or business administration.
- Experience in preparing project plans, schedules or coordination of events is required;
- Experience in report writing is required;
- Experience in supporting operations in a humanitarian, conflict, post-conflict, Non-profit Organizations (NGOs) or development contexts is desired.
- Fluency in English (writing, speaking and reading) is required
- Fluency in Somali (writing, speaking and reading) is required
** Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement (LICA)
Contract level: LICA6
Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance
How to apply
Background Information – UNOPS
UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.
UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.
Working with us
UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.
With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.
Work life harmonization
UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.