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Support service associate

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Support service associate


from UNOPS

Closing date: 19 Feb 2020

Background Information – PSC

Peace and Security ClusterThe 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 supervision of the Head of Policy, the Operations Specialist will conduct programme-level explosive hazard analysis. S/he will be responsible for the following functions:

  • Provide support to explosive hazard analysis through established analytical processes, including: identification of requirements, information acquisition, examination, collation, analysis, and dissemination
  • Conduct extensive research to investigate and analyze the source of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) components and material, to include: Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) mines within Somalia, regional illicit smuggling
  • Conduct extensive research to investigate and analyze the diversion of explosive precursors, diversion from regional mining industry, and acquisition through security forces within Somalia
  • Baseline studies from conducted research and analysis should be augmented with deliberate information acquisition plans to fill gaps in knowledge
  • Research, analyze and present findings on measures to mitigate the flow of IED components and material through:
  • Accountability throughout the supply chain for dual-use components,
  • Traceability procedures, improving the regulation of explosive precursors,
  • Strengthening security for the transport and storage of explosives and of precursors,
  • And enhancing the vetting procedures for personnel with access to explosives or to precursors useful to the manufacture of explosives
  • Produce threat analysis based on available information;
  • Liaise and collaborate with appropriate Regional, National and International Stakeholders to create a platform and facilitate information sharing;
  • Provide briefings and presentations of analytical findings and conclusions to UNMAS Senior Management;
  • Conduct continuous assessment and analysis of the operational situation for improvements in efficiency, effectiveness and safety within the local explosive hazard threat areas;
  • Identify and report continuous improvements and lessons learned;
  • Identify risks, plan risk mitigation strategies and report on the progress of deployment activities through written and verbal briefings to UNMAS Senior management;
  • Review all available IED-related reporting and draft, produce reports as required;
  • Review and promulgate all UNMAS produced IED related documentation to include weekly/monthly statistics, presentations and reports;
  • Perform any other tasks and duties as requested by the Head of Policy.


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Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • 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; OR
  • Secondary/High School diploma or Military Experience with a minimum of 11 years of relevant experience.


  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in Security or Threat Analysis;
  • Experience in the field of Military, Security, Police or Defense intelligence is required;
  • Experience supporting IED threat mitigation operations, weapons technical intelligence orexplosive ordnance disposal (EOD) operations is desired;
  • Experience in report writing is required.Languages:**
  • Fluency in English (speaking, writing and reading) is required.
  • Knowledge of other UN official language is desired.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: ICA Contract level: IICA-2 (ICS10)
Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’

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Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • 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.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization – UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • 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.


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