Operations Advisor - Ammunition and Weapon Management

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 21 September 2022
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 06 October 2022
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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 UNMAS

UNMAS is a division of the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions in the Department of Peace Operations (DPO). 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 DPO, UNMAS supports peacekeeping and special political missions in accordance with Security Council mandates.

Functional Responsibilities

Support the Head of Project Unit (HPU) and Chief of Mine Action Programme (CMAP) in providing advisory support on all Weapon and Ammunition management matters, such as:

Support the development and management of Weapons and Ammunition Management (WAM) related projects and activities in accordance with agreed work plans, objectives, priorities, and resources;

Provide programme and strategic policy and technical advice and coordination support on WAM, and Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) as requested by national authorities, donors, international and regional stakeholders, and United Nations management;

Assist UN Missions / national authorities in the development of strategies, action plans, standards, and projects in alignment with the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATGs), 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 the IATGs;

Review national WAM 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;

Review WAM workplans and requests for non-WAM assistance, especially regarding Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and support to DDR weapons disposal;

Provide training and mentorship support to national WAM personnel;

Identify continuous improvements and lessons learned;

Implement any other tasks requested by the HPU/CMAP.

Operations - Implementation and monitoring

Ensure operations are conducted in accordance with UNOPS policies and standards, such as:

Financial and procurement rules

Contract and grant management policies

Project management standards

Health, safety, social and environmental standards

Gender parity and mainstreaming policies

Information management systems and standards

Organizational design standards and human resources policies

Ensure Weapon Ammunition Management is conducted in accordance with technical standards and national policy, such as:


Modular Small Arms Control Implementation Compendium (MOSAIC)

UN Manual on Ammunition Management

Oversee, coordinate, and monitor WAM related operations and performance (both conducted in-house and those conducted through third-party contractors and grantees), including:

Issue tasks to implementing partners and review their reports upon completion;

Provide assistance in monitoring and evaluation through field inspections, reviews of task reports by implementing partners, measure progress against issued tasks and national work plans and be adherence to standards;

Ensure third-party contracts and grants are delivered in accordance with contractual / grant terms and conditions, including in accordance with relevant technical, operational, and quality assurance processes (Implementation Plan, SOPs, task orders issuance, accreditation);

Design, implement and oversee a robust quality management and information management system;

Design and maintain a risk management system focused on problem solving which ties into contract management awareness; maintain and utilize risk and issues logs;

Organize debriefings with the grantee/contractor to provide feedback on performance against deliverables and if necessary, discuss corrective actions to be taken in following months, recommend liquidated damages and/or lead dispute resolutions if necessary;

Advise the HPU and CMAP on potential technical and operational issues that may impact the achievement of programme / project outcomes and appropriate solutions;

Lead Boards of Inquiry as relevant;

Ensure operational plans are cost effective and reviewed regularly.

Stakeholder management

Act as the principle WAM advisor to UN missions/ national authorities, along with regional and international stakeholders regarding the safety, security and management of weapons, ammunition and explosives;

In support of the HPU and CMAP, engage national mine action authorities and/or relevant government ministries and entities for purposes of coordination as requested, specifically relating to review/implementation of National Technical Standards and Guidelines and/or International Mine Action Standards and other relevant international standards as well as treaty implementation/obligations.

People management

Support recruitment, training, guidance, empower and develop the WAM team, with consideration for individual training and development needs;

Mentor and advise WAM personnel in planning, execution, and delivery of allocated projects, ensuring incorporation of best operational processes;

Promote teamwork, collaboration, and diversity by providing the WAM team with clear direction, objectives, and guidance to enable them to perform their duties responsibly, effectively, and efficiently;

Directly lead national and international UNOPS personnel in a multicultural team, ensuring a professional, ethical, and well-managed operations team;

Foster a positive and enabling work environment, respectful of both men and women, and ensure that the highest standards of conduct are observed;

Ensure that regular performance reviews are conducted, and any issues are immediately addressed.

Knowledge management and innovation

Ensure WAM records and related files are well maintained;

Implement relevant tools and templates to effectively manage efficient and effective WAM projects;

Keep abreast of and incorporate latest/best practices, approaches, and technology to enhance operational results;

Initiate and undertake lessons learned exercises, including the sharing, effective filing, and incorporation into future operational plans and ensure information sharing

Impact of Results

The effective and successful performance by the WAM advisor directly impacts the achievement of UNOPS project deliverables and UNMAS programme results and consequently reinforces the visibility and image of the UNMAS programme. Education/Experience/Language requirements


Advanced university degree (Master degree or equivalent) with 7 years of relevant experience is required OR

First level university degree (Bachelor degree or equivalent) with 9 years of relevant experience OR

Military or police experience with 13 years of relevant experience.


Ammunition Technical Officer, Ammunition Technician, or equivalent national / international certification is required.


Relevant experience is defined as experience in WAM project management and implementation in a military, humanitarian, conflict, post-conflict, or development context.

Experience in team management is required.

Experience in the development of national policy and technical instructions for stockpile management of ammunition and explosive substances and articles is required.

Experience in training design and delivery of instruction is required.

Language Requirements

Fluency (reading, writing, and speaking) is required. Arabic is desired.

*** Please include a cover letter in your application and copies of all required certifications.

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 ground. 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. UNOPS embraces diversity and it is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, or disability.
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. All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda. 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.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Staff
Contract level: P4
Contract duration: One year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability For more details about United Nations staff contracts, please follow this link:

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS โ€“ an operational arm of the United Nations โ€“ supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by successfully implementing its partnersโ€™ peacebuilding, humanitarian, and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management, and human resources.

Working with us

We are proud of our people. With a wealth of knowledge and skills in various disciplines โ€“ engineering, finance, human resources, ICT, leadership, project management, procurement, and more โ€“ they help tackle some of the biggest challenges of our time. Their work around the world supports progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

At UNOPS, we offer a range of short- and long-term opportunities in various environments and duty stations โ€“ from Denmark and Kenya to Mexico, Switzerland, Myanmar, Senegal, Uganda, and many more.


With over 5,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,400 personnel recruited on behalf of our partners, spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced and diverse labor force โ€” a strength that helps us better understand and address our partnersโ€™ needs. We continually strive to maintain our gender-balanced workplace. We encourage qualified underrepresented groups as per UNOPS Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategy to apply for our vacancies.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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