Operations Specialist (Explosive Hazard Technical Specialist)

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Country: Iraq
Organization: UNOPS
Closing date: 16 Dec 2020

** 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


The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) was established in1997, by the General Assembly, and as per the UN Policy on Mine Action and Effective Coordination (A/53/496, 1998) is the established coordinator of mine action within the United Nations system. UNMAS supports the UN’s vision of “a world free of the threat of landmines and unexploded ordnance, where individuals and communities live in a safe environment conducive to development, and where mine survivors are fully integrated into their societies”.

Iraq Programme
The UNMAS Iraq programme was formally established in June 2015, at the request of the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq. UNMAS needs to lead the UN efforts to mitigate the Explosive Hazard (EH) threats in the country, as well as to support the enhancement of national and regional EH capacities. UNMAS is supporting multiple layers of operations under the UNMAS Iraq Strategic Plan, which focuses on three main components:

  1. Explosive Hazard Management;
  2. Capacity Enhancement, and
  3. Risk Education.

The post of Operations Specialist (Explosive Hazard Technical Specialist) will support the delivery of the overall objectives of the UNMAS Projects Management component.

** Functional Responsibilities

Candidate with Non-UN experience are encouraged to apply!
Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply!

The Operations Specialist (Explosive Hazard Technical Specialist) will report to the Head of Projects and be responsible for the following:

  • As part of Head of Projects team, based on UNMAS Iraq strategic goals, actively participate in project design and initiatives, coordinate preparation of long term agreements (LTA), requests for proposals and quotes (RFP/FRQ), these including terms of reference and statements of work;

  • As part of head of projects team, support coordination of projects, identifying needs, opportunities and potential gaps in resources and activities;

  • Lead and/or support preparation of action plans and giving input to project managers with the objective to support effective and efficient project delivery;

  • Support project managers, where required, to review organizations’ and implementing partners plans and procedures, and where applicable, input to such documentation;

  • Provide overview of projects and guidance in the implementation of activities, supporting contract and project management;

  • Support projects, partners and stakeholders with explosive hazard related information, and prepare and provide briefings where applicable;

  • Participate and represent UNMAS in technical working groups, mine action coordination, and other regular meetings with DMA and other stakeholders;

  • Liaison with DMA, national authorities and institutions, implementing partners and stakeholders where applicable as per guidance from head of projects and the programme management

  • Identify and highlight potential blockages or risks to programme and project delivery to project and programme management;

  • Other relevant tasks assigned by supervisor.

** Education/Experience/Language requirements

Candidate with Non-UN experience are encouraged to apply!
Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply!


  • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) with five (5) years of relevant experience; or

  • Undergraduate university degree (license or equivalent) with seven (7) years of relevant experience; or

  • Military experience as a senior officer or non-commissioned officer with eleven (11) years of relevant experience is required.


  • EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) level 3 certification as part of military and / or civilian training by an international establishment is desired (for example the Center for Development of Post-Conflict Demining and Depollution Actions [CPADD] and / or Danish ChurchAid [DCA]).


  • Relevant experience is defined as that in EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) or humanitarian demining and contamination control or relevant fields;

  • At least two (2) years of experience as an EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) trainer is required.


  • Fluency in English (reading, writing and speaking)is required

** 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.
  • 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.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.

** Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: IICA*Contract level: ICS-10/IICA-2
Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.*

** Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

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

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

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

How to apply:

Please apply through this link: https://jobs.unops.org/Pages/ViewVacancy/VADetails.aspx?id=20755#7

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