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Somalia: Operations Associate

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: CTG
Country: Somalia
Closing date: 17 Dec 2017


Vacancy reference no.:



Operations Associate

Place of performance:

Mogadishu, Somalia

Contract duration:

up to 6 months (@21.75days/month)

Starting date:



CTG support and manage humanitarian projects in fragile and conflict-affected countries around the world. With past performance in 15 countries – from the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and Central and South America – we offer a holistic fabric of project management, implementation and support. Skilled in emergency response to crises such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, we have the ability to act quickly (crisis response teams can be on the ground in 24 hours) and to establish structured operations in high-risk environments. CTG recruit and manage qualified, skilled teams with extensive experience operating in challenging conditions.


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 is 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.


Role objective:

This role will be responsible to support and facilitate the work of United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and provide specialized project management services to efficiently support UNMAS in delivering essential work on the ground in emergency, post-conflict and peacekeeping environments with the aim of promoting peace and security, protecting civilians and ensuring long lasting human security.

Expected output:

· Under the supervision of Operations Officer, the Operations Associate will perform the following tasks:

· Advisory Role

· Support the Operations Officer to provide non-lethal tactical analysis, advice and information regarding explosive hazard threats to better inform mobility planning processes;

· Advise on defensive non-lethal combat engineering response and movement planning, and provide recommendations for all mobility operations; Assist, co-ordinate with the AMISOM Sector Commander and his staff to implement all operational tasking including EOD/IEDD callout response, providing operational and technical planning/advice to the AMISOM Sector Commander within the relevant sector;

· Provide assistance with technical advice on route analysis, mapping, current IED threats, possible vulnerable points (choke points, bridges, etc.), historical data, provide information for convoy planning and convoy commanders and support the operations planning for the Mission Enabling Unit (MEU);

· Provide assistance to input into AMISOM doctrine and TTPs as it pertains to explosive hazard mitigation;

· Support the process between Sector Headquarters (SHQ) and Force Headquarters (FHQ) for information regarding explosive hazards and support collation of information at HQ to provide an overall up-to-date analysis for FHQ on the explosive hazard threat in the sectors;

· Provide assistance with mapping and detailed threat analysis, in coordination with UNSOA GIS, for planning purposes; and

· Support recommendations to Sector Commanders on appropriate deployment of UNMAS-contracted assets and support centralized command and control of assets available to the Sector Commander.

· Contract Management

· Oversee the delivery of any contracts with partners/implementers to ensure contractual conformity;

· Assist with task orders to partners/contractors to deliver training and mentoring support to AMISOM explosive management operations;

· Conduct routine on-site (when security situation permits) quality assurance of all organizations operations as part of the accreditation process;

· Conduct a Monitoring and Evaluation review of the partners/contractors quality management process;

· Ensure that partners/contractors are conforming to approve Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and conducting safe and effective EOD/IEDD operations;

· Ensure a quality management approach is taken to all EOD/IED and explosive management operations performed in the relevant sector; and

· Assist with the implementation of a quality management system, ensuring that the system is being applied in a fair and equitable manner and that accreditation and monitoring do not interrupt or delay operations.

· Representation, Coordination and Administration

· Assist with the role of UNMAS representative in each sector overseeing all UNMAS operations in the relevant sector and act as OIC when the Operations Officer is out;

· Assist comprehensive administrative management of the respective UNMAS office;

· Provide training and mentoring for UNMAS staff on relevant topics;

· Provide co-ordination support to all UNMAS operational activities (police support project, humanitarian project, AMISOM support project and WAM project) in the relevant sector;

· Assist and support the establishment of an operations room for planning, briefing and de-briefing in the sectors;

· Provide weekly and ad hoc reports on operational activities and contextual/political implications on the projects;

· Provide input towards UNMAS internal strategic review processes; provide recommendations to improve the quality of projects;

· When requested, fulfill the role of Investigating Officer for Detailed Independent Investigations or Boards of Inquiry for explosive hazard accidents or incidents; and

· Other tasks as directed by the Operations Officer.

Project reporting:

· The consultants will report to their Project Managers

Team management:

· This role does not have team management responsibilities



· Bachelor's degree /First Level University Degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) with a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience Or Diploma with 5 years of experience.

Work experience:

· Minimum of 5 years of demonstrable relevant Military experience.

Geographical experience:

· Minimum of 5 years of experience in Africa with local experience in Mogadishu is an advantage.


· Fluency in English is essential.

Key competencies:

· Partnering - 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).

· Results Orientation - 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.

· Solution Focused - 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.

· Effective Communication - 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.

· Leading Self and Others - 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.

· Integrity & Inclusion - 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.

· Agility - 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 behaviour. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Other relevant information:

· Communication skills associated with diplomacy, relationship building and representation

· Demonstrated capability of rapid decision-making (with little margin of error), under conditions of extreme stress.

· High standard of physical fitness; able to live in remote locations with poor access to communications.

· Internationally recognized driving license

· Knowledge of UN systems and UNOPS procedures as desirable

· Computer literacy, in particular the use of MS Office packageKnowledge of additional UN working language desirable

How to apply:

Interested candidates should create a profile and apply on CTG Global careers website (click here). Please refer to the vacancy number: VAC-1186. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.