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  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
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  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Education, Learning and Training
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Capacity Development Technical Specialist - Peace and Security Cluster (ICS-11)

Background Information - UNOPS

“UNOPS plays a critical role in providing management services for our life-saving, peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. I have seen many examples of how these activities help suffering people in troubled parts of the world.”
-Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General

UNOPS mission is to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, UNOPS vision is to always satisfy partners with management services that meet world-class standards of quality, speed and cost effectiveness.

By assisting UN organizations, international financial institutions, governments and other development partners, UNOPS makes significant, tangible contributions to results on the ground.

UNOPS employs more than 6000 personnel and on behalf of its partners creates thousands more work opportunities in local communities. With its headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, a network of five regional offices and a further 20 operations and project centres, UNOPS oversees activities in more than 80 countries.

UNOPS is committed to achieving a truly diverse workforce.

Background Information - PSC

Peace and Security Cluster

The UNOPS Peace and Security Cluster (PSC) within the Global Portfolio Services Office 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. The Cluster is responsible to administer, provide support and 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. It is headed by the Cluster Director who has the overall authority and accountability for the performance of the Peace and Security Cluster on behalf of its clients.

One of the main objectives of the Peace and Security Cluster is to rapidly deploy project personnel to the field. To accomplish this, it has established a Pool of Experts, from which it deploys and re-deploys personnel in order to fulfil personnel vacancies.  A Pool of Experts is a roster of specialists whose technical knowledge and personal suitability has been evaluated and approved in advance, allowing them to be deployed on short notice and in short order.   Pool members can be deployed on any of UNOPS contract modalities: FTA, TA, or I-ICA (International Individual Contractor Agreement).

Functional Responsibilities

In coordination with senior management of the relevant stakeholders and agencies in country, the Capacity Development Technical Specialist will strengthen and expand existing mine action capacity of the national government or national authorities. Capacity Development Technical Specialist will work with the national authorities and coordinate transition activities comprised of Mine Action and external partners which may include UNDP, UNICEF, and international/ national NGOs. The Capacity Development Technical Specialist is responsible for:
  • Coordinate transition of mine action coordination from the United Nations to this host government to avoid duplication of capacity building efforts in the mine action sector. 
  • Assist the Mine Action team and other stakeholders, to implement a plan for transition, in order to progressively and systematically transfer the management of mine action to full national ownership. This may include organising review workshops and coordination meetings.
  • Assist to develop multi-year mine action plans, a National Mine Action Strategy, to sign international conventions relevant to Mine Action, and to advocate for mine action within Government and international stakeholders. 
  • Explore opportunities for wider capacity building with government agencies eg. Develop residual Humanitarian Mine Action capacity, ammunition management and Small Arms Light Weapons Destruction. 
  • Promote effective engagement between national institutions involved in Mine Action, with all international stakeholders, including - where appropriate - the UN Mission.
  • Periodically assess the professional knowledge and experience of staff of national agencies involved with Mine Action, and revise, develop and deliver training programmes and courses. 
  • Monitor and evaluate training activities and make recommendations for improvement. 
  • Work with the UN Mine Action Office Programme section to report on and resource mobilise for mine action national capacity development, and under the guidance of the Programme Manager ensure the effective utilization of any funds. 
  • Advise on the implementation of a national QA management system in the responsible regions and ensure that the system is being applied in a fair and equitable manner, and that accreditation, licensing and monitoring does not interrupt or delay demining projects.
  • Provide guidance to the stakeholders on key sector regulatory issues including Boards of Investigation, ensuring periodic reviews of National Standard, critical non-conformities, Land Release policy, Information Management etc.
  • Ensure information gathered from monitoring and evaluations is used to inform stakeholders of progress and to improve the programme.
  • Ensure MRE is integrated into survey and clearance operations and that local priorities are taken into account in the tasking of other MA activities. 
  • Ensure proper maintenance of documentation for all training and transitional.
  • Depending on the programme this position will be assigned to, within the project administration setup in a specific country/programme (i.e. office structure, DOAs, ATLAS 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 UNOPS Director Peace and Security Cluster through 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 Peace and Security Cluster. 
  • Any other duties as requested and tasked by the Programme Manager.


  • Leadership – Proven supervisory ability and/or technical leadership. Ability to maintain effective working relations both as a team member and team leader.
  • Teamwork Skills – Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. 
  • Organising and Quality Orientation – Ability to manage, organize, plan and implement work assignments, juggle competing demands and work under pressure of frequent and tight deadlines. 
  • Decision Making – Demonstrated ability to apply good judgment and decision making skills. Communication Skill – Strong spoken and written communication skills.
  • Creativity and Innovation – Strong analytical and problem solving skills and ability to handle a range of management and coordination issues.
  • Ability to Learn – Willingness to keep abreast of new developments.
  • Lives and Breathes UNOPS Values – Takes ownership for all responsibilities and honours commitments.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • Advanced University Degree (Masters Degree or equivalent) with a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience; or a First Level University Degree (Bachelors Degree or equivalent) with a minimum of 9 years of relevant experience; or Military Experience (or relevant Police Experience) at the Senior NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) or Officer level (or equivalent) with a minimum of 13 years of relevant experience;
  • At least 7 years experience in capacity development roles in either emergency or post conflict environments;
  • Experience of organizing and delivering training programmes;
  • Experience in institutional or military advisor roles in fragile states;
  • Experience in Mine Action highly desirable;
  • 2 years experience of humanitarian mine action in the field, including Quality Assurance, Land Release, Mines Risk Education and Victim Assistance is desirable;
  • Professional knowledge of demining and explosives ordnance equipment (such as level 3 EOD) is an advantage;
  • Knowledge of the International Mine Action Standards, Land Release and Quality Assurance is an advantage;
  • Knowledge of the UN system and UNOPS procedures is an asset;
  • Fluency in spoken and written English;
  • or fluency in spoken and written French and intermediate fluency in English;
  • or  fluency in spoken and written Spanish and intermediate fluency in English;
  • or fluency in spoken and written Arabic and intermediate fluency in English


Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment(FTA) / Temporary Appointment (TA) / International Individual Contractor Agreement (I-ICA)
Contract level: ICS-11: P4 FTA  / P4 TA  / I-ICA 2
Contract duration: Length of contract will depend on contract modality and funding availability.

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Additional Considerations

UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below the advertised level of the job.

Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Based on organizational needs at the time of recruitment, applicants accepted into this UNOPS roster pool may be considered for job at the advertised job level or its equivalent.  The successful candidate(s) may be offered a contract governed by the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules or UNOPS individual contractor agreement.
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