Operations Specialist – Risk Education (Explosive Ordnance Risk Education) at UNOPS


Background Information – PSC

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.

Background Information – Job-specific

United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) DRC

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has suffered nearly two decades of turmoil, particularly in the eastern provinces. The use of landmines was a feature during the conflict and Explosive Remnants of War from the fighting remain a hazard.

UNMAS established its presence in the DRC in 2002 to provide support to the Peacekeeping Mission (MONUSCO) and to conduct humanitarian mine action. It continues to work with all actors involved in mine action, and weapons and ammunition management and safety issues.

KOICA Project Information:

UNMAS DRC recently received funding from the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to implement a two years project starting in June 2022 in the provinces of North Kivu, South Kivu, Ituri and Tanganyika with the following objectives:

  1. Effectively implement UN Sustainable Development Goal 16 on sustained peace, justice, strong institutions and effective and inclusive governance through the development of a sustainable national capacity in explosive hazard management.
  2. Effectively implement UN Sustainable Development Goal 17 on strengthening the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development through increasing the National Mine Action Authority (CCLAM) capacity to coordinate Mine Action activities and therefore encouraging the return of displaced people, opening freedom of movement in a post-conflict society, decreasing fear and threat of the ‘frozen violence’ of landmines and other ERW and Goal 17.

Outcome 1:DRC security sector and/or national NGOs responds appropriately to EOD tasks Output 1.1: National NGO personnel trained to conduct explosive ordnance disposal. Output 1.2: Land is released for productive use. Output 1.3: CCLAM has increased capacity to coordinate Mine Action activities in the DRC.

Functional Responsibilities

The Explosive Ordnance Risk Education (EORE) Specialist will work under the direct supervision of the KOICA Project Manager (PM). The duties and responsibilities are as follows but not limited to:

  • Ensure efficient, effective, timely and qualitative delivery of the project, in coordination with support services and program units, in line with UNMAS Country Programme Strategy, donor, International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) and good practices of the EORE sector to the planning of the projects, as well as the smooth implementation of the projects.
  • Oversee grants and contracts including follow-up on administrative and reporting needs.
  • Manage EORE project staff, third-party contractors and consultants, including recruitment, performance management and capacity development.
  • Ensure quality management of activities delivered directly by UNMAS DRC Implementing Partners (IPs) and trained contractors.
  • Support in the management of budgets and monthly cash flow forecasts ensuring they follow corporate policies with sound budgetary structures that contribute to financial monitoring and reporting.
  • Prepare reports and coordinate internal quarterly review processes, year-end closure and project closure in collaboration with the program team.
  • Coordinate procurement activities of the EORE portfolio from preparation of procurement plans, terms of references, bidding process, request for awards to signature of contracts and orders.
  • Oversee contract management processes and follow-up with implementing partners and service providers, including identifying capacity development needs and opportunities.
  • Participate in the preparation and review of contract implementation providing comments on financial and narrative reports as well as case studies.
  • Contribute to country and department strategy objectives by clearly defining, monitoring, managing and reporting on project objectives and expected results, based on identified and prioritized needs and in line with UNMAS DRC Programme strategy.
  • Produce and amend EORE materials and content for awareness raising, as well as EORE training and capacity building contents as required to contribute to face-to-face and remote modalities.
  • Contribute to the set-up of an implementation and monitoring system for the provision of EORE training through UNMAS IMSMA database.
  • Ensure internal and external EORE project information sharing and transfer of knowledge, documenting and sharing of lessons learned and overseeing change for improvement.
  • Maintain an archive of project documentation and ensure access to institutional memory and technical information on related components of the project.
  • Support the Project Manager on issues that may impact the achievement of project outcomes.
  • Ensure compliance with IMAS 12.10, TN 12.10/01, DRC Technical Standards and Guidelines on EORE, UN Mine Action Strategy and policies.
  • Participate in relevant forums/working group meetings representing UNMAS DRC Program Risk Education Portfolio.
  • Support senior management staff in any other matter as required.

Evidence-based programming and Riske Education (RE) activities implementation

  • Assist in developing plans and guidance for the integration of EORE awareness within the wider humanitarian response.
  • Liaise with Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams to ensure synergies and complementarities for implementation and programming.
  • Identify new opportunities and needs for development of EORE activities and develop new initiatives to address these in cooperation with partners.
  • Contribute to the organization and coordination of UNMAS Mine Action events (4th of April, Conferences etc).

Education/Experience/Language requirements

* CANDIDATES WITH NO UN OR UNOPS EXPERIENCE ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY!

* QUALIFIED FEMALE CANDIDATES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY!

Education:

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience OR
  • First level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) with a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience is required.

Experience:

  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in Explosive Ordnance Risk Education (EORE) curriculum development and training delivery.
  • Experience in EORE activities implementation, monitoring and/or Quality Assurance is required.
  • Experience in project operations, management and/or development is required.
  • Experience in management of EORE field team is desired.
  • Experience working in the DRC or Central African countries is desired.

Language:

  • Fluency in French and English (speaking, reading and writing) is required.
  • Knowledge of other UN official languages is desired.

How to apply

Interested applicants should follow the link below to apply:

https://jobs.unops.org/Pages/ViewVacancy/VADetails.aspx?id=24433#4

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