On behalf of Mali Programme project teams, and under the overall management of the UNMAS Chief of Operations, the Operations and Quality Assurance Officer, will be responsible for all aspects of Explosive Threat Mitigation and Mine Action related activities carried out by UNMAS Implementing Partners. S/he will also be responsible for providing technical expertise to MINUSMA, UNMAS Management and Implementing Partners when required.
Summary of Key Functions:
- Oversee all aspects of mine action related activities carried out by staff under your supervision and control.
- Implement and monitor technical, international and national safety standards.
- As directed by the Regional Area Coordinator, coordinate, facilitate and prioritize all operational tasking for projects within the area of responsibility
- Oversee and coordinate the implementation, execution and completion of all Explosive Threat Mitigation related operations for projects within the area of responsibility.
- Conduct quality control on all Explosive Threat Mitigation training and mentorship carried out by contracted trainers and mentors to the benefit of project personnel, civilian and military
- Support the development and conduct of training, and manage the quality of training on ERW clearance and IED Threat Mitigation as required
- Ensure close and effective interaction and coordination of the integral aspects of mine action, such as Mine Victim Support and Explosive Threat Risk Education.
- When requested, act as the Investigating Officer for Detailed Independent Investigations or Boards of Inquiry for Mine/ERW Accidents or incidents.
- Debrief mine action (MA) organizations and other implementing partners on quality assurance (QA) achievements and QA assessments and ensure that all QA assessment data is captured through the appropriate QA documentation and QA tracker.
- Provide guidance on any specific corrective actions to be taken by organizations, following an inspection, which finds a non-conformity.
- Ensure proper storage of explosives in accordance with national and international guidelines and ensure control and security of explosives that are used by implementing mine action organisations within the area of responsibility
- Implement established QA management systems and ensure that the systems are being applied in a fair and equitable manner, and that accreditation, licensing and monitoring does not interrupt or delay MA projects
- Conduct routine on-site QA of MA organization operations and as part of the accreditation process
- Stay abreast of the International Mine Action Standards (IMAS), International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG’s) and United Nations Improvised Explosive Device Disposal Standards (UN IEDD Standards); ensure that MA Organization Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) are in line with international standards.
- Support the collection of data and the management of information
- Provide advice and input into the development of strategic and procedural documents related to EOD/IEDD matters in support to project
- Support programmatic, project and operation planning and activities through the provision of IED analysis.
- As directed by the Regional Area Coordinator,coordinate efforts in the area of capacity building relations in mine action and against the risks posed by explosive threats (ERW, and IED) in accordance with the approved project work plan
- Oversee the operational management of the client office in absence of the Regional Area Coordinator
- Depending on the role which this position will be assigned to within the project administration setup in a specific country/programme (i.e. office structure, DOAs, OneUNOPS functions, segregation of duties, etc.), the incumbent will have responsibilities determined by UNOPS rules and regulations embodied in its regulatory framework – Organizational Directives, Administrative Instructions and other documents as periodically issued and updated by UNOPS. Reporting lines with regards to compliance with UNOPS rules and regulations are ultimately to Director of UNOPS Mine Action Centre through the respective Portfolio Manager. In addition, division of responsibilities when it comes to administrative processes in support of the programme objectives will be as determined for each country office and confirmed in writing by UNOPS Director of Mine Action Centre
- Perform other tasks as directed by the Programme Manager and Chief of Operations.
QUALIFIED FEMALES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY
- Master Degree or equivalent in International Peace and Security, Humanitarian Affairs, International Affairs, Peacebuilding, Social Sciences, Humanities, or related field with 5 years of relevant experience OR
- Bachelor Degree or equivalent in International Peace and Security, Humanitarian Affairs, International Affairs, Peacebuilding, Social Sciences, Humanities, or related field with 7 years of relevant experience OR
- 11 years of experience in the management of operations within a recognized military, police, humanitarian mine action organization, development organization, or other relevant field experience.
- Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Certification is desired
c. Work Experience:
- Relevant experience is defined as experience in operations management within a recognized military, police, humanitarian mine action organization, development setting, or other relevant field experience.
- 3 years’ experience in the field of explosive threat management, humanitarian mine action, EOD, high-risk search or related field is required.
- Experience in training or capacity building is desired.
- Fluent in English (read, write or speak) is required.
- Fluency in French is desired.