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.
Under the supervision of the Head of Policy, the Weapons, Ammunition & Explosives Management (WAM) Advisor will provide advisory support to national authorities, along with regional and international stakeholders. S/he will be responsible for the following functions:
- Support the development and management of WAM projects and activities in accordance with agreed work plans, objectives, priorities, and resources;
- Provide programme and policy advice and coordination support on WAM as requested by national authorities, donors and international and regional stakeholders;
- Assist national authorities in the development of strategies, action plans, standards and projects in alignment with the Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG), including measurable targets to a sustained improvement of ammunition safety and security;
- Contribute to resource mobilization efforts to support national authorities with WAM through preparation of funding proposals, programme concepts and budgets;
- Conduct field and desk assessments of relevant sites aligned with Physical Security & Stockpile Management (PSSM) standards;
- Review national PSSM standards with the national authorities and security forces, considering technical guidance from implementing partners, using best practices identified in IATGs and other relevant guidance as a baseline;
- Provide training and mentorship support to national WAM personnel;
- Act as the principle UN technical advisor to national authorities, along with regional and international stakeholders regarding the safety, security and management of weapon, ammunition and explosives;
- Liaise and collaborate with appropriate national, regional and international stakeholders to facilitate information sharing;
- Identify continuous improvements and lessons learned;
- Implement any other tasks requested by the Head of Policy.
- Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) with a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience; OR
- First Level University Degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) with a minimum of 9 years of relevant experience; OR
- Secondary/High School diploma with a minimum of 13 years of relevant experience is required.
- Relevant experience is defined as experince in the technical operation and management of weapons, ammunition and explosives;
- Experience with national capacity development of security institutions is desired;
- Experience in report writing is required.
- Language Requirements
- Fluency in English (speaking, writing and reading) is required.
- Knowledge of another UN official language is desired.
Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
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 grou
How to apply
** Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: International Contractor Agreement (ICA)
Contract level: IICA-3 (ICS-11)
Contract duration: ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’
- 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
- For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
- For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
- The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.