By continuing to browse this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Read our privacy policy
  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Mine Action and Weapon Contamination
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-24

What does it mean?

Click "SAVE JOB" to save this job description for later.

Sign up for free to be able to save this job for later.

Mine Action Specialist (Re-advertised)

Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

Background

Cambodia's landmine contamination is the result of a protracted sequence of internal and regional conflicts that affected the country from the mid-1960s until the end of 1998. The northwestern regions bordering Thailand have some of the highest concentrations of anti-personnel (AP) mines in the world. Other areas of the country, mainly in the east, have been impacted primarily by the presence of explosive remnants of war (ERW), including cluster munitions. More than 64,700 human casualties can be attributed to mines and ERW in Cambodia since 1979.

With support from the international donor community, the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) has made great efforts over the past 26 years to remove landmines and ERW throughout the country. In 2000, the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) was established under the Royal Decree No. 177 to better plan, regulate, coordinate and monitor the mine action sector and responsibly contribute to the priorities stipulated in the National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP).  

The current 4-year project, Clearing for Results Project, Phase3 (2016-2019): Mine Action for Human Development, is a multi-donors project implemented by CMAA with technical and financial support from Australia, Switzerland, Canada and UNDP. It has a total budget of US$11,210,599. The project aims to further enhance CMAA’s role in planning, regulating, coordinating and monitoring the mine action sector with the project outputs outlined below:  

Output 1: Align mine action policies and strategic frameworks to national and sub-national sectorial policies and planning strategies;

Output 2: Develop and manage a CMAA mine action performance monitoring system that delivers quality evidence linking mine action and sustainable development outcomes/impact; and

Output 3: Release at least 27 square kilometres of the total mine/ERW contaminated areas in Cambodia for human development.

Build on the CFR3, the Phase 4 (2020-2025), the Mine Action for Local Development Project is developed at the request of the Royal Government of Cambodia. This project is the transition phase of the Clearing for Results project, which has been the flagship project of support from UNDP to the RGC in the mine action sector beginning in 2006. With the government’s target of seeing Cambodia mine free by 2025 based on the National Mine Action Strategy 2018-2025, this project presents final phase of the CfR project, serving as a transition strategy from the mine action sector by consolidating results to date and linking those results to the longer-term development vision of Cambodia.

The project will have the following outputs:

Output 1: The prioritized mine-impacted communities in Battambang, Banteay Meanchey and Pailin provinces are deemed mine-free

Output 2: NMAS 2018-2025 is implemented and responsibilities for mine action transferred to relevant government institutions

The Mine Action Specialist will support CMAA to implement the final year of phase 3 and the phase 4. S/he will focus on the provision of technical assistance and policy advisory support.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Provision of strategic technical, policy and advocacy advice/inputs to CMAA and wider government stakeholders on mine action;
  • Management guidance and advisory support for effective and timely project implementation;
  • Be responsible for the overall delivery of UNDP’s advisory and capacity development support to the CMAA for the implementation of the project;
  • Provide technical support and advice to the Government-Donor Technical Working Group on Mine Action;
  • Conduct Resource Mobilization efforts and support UNDP Country Office and CMAA in resource mobilization and lead the implementation of the knowledge management strategy.

1) Provision of strategic technical, policy and advocacy advice/inputs to CMAA and wider government stakeholders on mine action:

  • Provide technical guidance and strategic advice to CMAA on the implementation of the NMAS and provide reasonable adjustment to the changing policy and technical needs of CMAA as it moves from Phase 3 to Phase 4 of NMAS 2018-2025 implementation;
  • Support the capacity development and provide strategic advice to CMAA leaders and development Capacity Development Plan for the implementation of NMAS 2018-2025; so that Cambodia can fully take on the demining work after 2025;
  • Provide strategic advice on the preparation of a residual threats strategy;
  • Advise and support the transition to a sustainable and Government led mine action beyond 2025;
  • Provide technical support to the National Project Director and Manager to develop and implement strategies, plan and roadmaps for the project and to ensure that project activities are fully aligned with the project objectives and the targets and that the plan meets required standard of quality, is result-based and within the specific constraints of time and cost.

2) Management guidance and advisory support for effective and timely project implementation:

  • Provide management support to the National Project Manager to develop workplan, to coordinate its implementation, and to monitor and report on progresses;
  • Provide close and regular technical backstopping to the Project Manager and guidance to the project team and other implementing entities of CMAA for the effective and timely implementation of various components of the project;
  • Prepare Terms of References (TORs) and concept note, mobilize expertise, and provide advice to ensure quality reports and products;
  • Supervise and provide quality assurance for the works conducted by international and national consultants, project staff, and other project partners  
  • Support the project to ensure that the project board meets on regular basis and that the board’s decisions and recommendations are implemented;
  • Contribute to project audit, spot-check, and evaluation exercises and support the management to prepare management responses as needed;

3) Be responsible for the overall delivery of UNDP’s advisory and capacity development support to the CMAA for the implementation of the project:

  • Coordinate and manage UNDPs overall advisory and capacity development support for the implementation of the project by the CMAA. This shall encompass support to the CMAA in planning, budgeting, managing, monitoring and reporting on all project activities as defined in the project document and/or endorsed by the Project Board in Annual Work plans;
  • Support the CMAA in the procurement and management of demining contracts including defining the scope of work, formulating Statement of Work (SoW), advising on procurement processes and contracting modalities, jointly monitoring the implementation of the contracts so as to ensure UNDP’s core principles such as best value for money, transparency, fairness and accountability are being applied;
  • Oversee and support the work of UNDP project team to ensure that strong partnerships are established between the project team and their Government counterparts, contributing to national capacity development;
  • Assist the CMAA in monitoring risks and issues affecting project implementation, predefine preventive actions and recording lesson learned;
  • Support CMAA capacity development as the institution transitions from measuring landmine release to measuring the impact this has on human development;
  • Ensure CMAA coordinates well with other government bodies to link land release and livelihoods activities that benefit the poor and vulnerable;
  • Coordinate the delivery of support services from the UNDP Country Office as per the workplan;
  • Provide advisory support to the CMAA in preparing and reporting to the project board on a quarterly and annual basis;
  • Ensure that gender mainstreaming is prioritized in the implementation of all project activities, and overall strategic and operational planning of the mine action sector.

4) Provide technical support and advice to the Government-Donor Technical Working Group on Mine Action:

  • Advise the Mine Action Technical Working Group (TWG) on prominent Mine Action issues, including funding channels and funding levels for the sector, monitoring of relevant mine action indicators and throughout the process of signing, implementing and monitoring the Partnership Principles;
  • Provide support to the Chair of the Technical Working Group and develop the capacities of the TWG Secretariat to efficiently prepare and lead the TWG meetings on behalf of Government;
  • Assist in coordination of donor financial and technical support to the Mine Action sector; and
  • Provide advice to the Chief of Secretariat of TWG as required.

5) Conduct Resource Mobilization efforts and support UNDP Country Office and CMAA in resource mobilization and lead the implementation of the knowledge management strategy:

  • Provide advisory support to CMAA in mobilizing resources for the sector as a whole by creating opportunities to meet donors, report on achievements and raise awareness on the needs of the sector and support effective and timely resource mobilization in close collaboration with UNDP country office;
  • Report in a timely manner to the UNDP, Government and cost-sharing donors on the status of resource mobilized and assist the CMAA in reporting on progress and achievements, against agreed Results, Output and Outcome indicators;
  • Provide advisory support to CMAA in mobilizing resources for the sector as a whole by creating opportunities to meet donors, report on achievements and raise awareness on the needs of the sector to implement the NMAS and the Article 5 Extension Request;
  • Coordinate the implementation of, and substantially contribute to, the knowledge management strategy and activities on South-South Cooperation with ARMAC;
  • Provide technical inputs for communication materials such as the website, social media and newspapers;
  • Promote communication and coordinate programme activities with other UNDP initiatives as well as with other United Nations agencies and donors, to develop inter-agency synergies;
  • Raise visibility of the programme strategies through knowledge sharing and well-developed communication materials;
  • Oversee and coordinate the development of any concept notes and full project proposals;
  • Oversee the development of CMAA capacity in procurement and finance management to allow the CMAA to progressively take over responsibilities in line with progress realized in these areas.

Competencies

Core Competencies

Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work
Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them

Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow
Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers

People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Level 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others

Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others

Delivery: Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
Level 5: Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions

Technical/Functional Competencies

Public Relations: Ability to manage information sharing and partnership alliances between the UNDP and the public.
Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Management and Coordination: Ability to manage and coordinate campaigns and people with inspiration. Believe in and promote diversity in the workplace and reshaping the workforce to meet need.
Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Partnership: Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships
Level 5:Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Project Management: Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals
Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Resource Mobilization: Ability to identify and organize programmes  and projects to implement solutions and generate resources (definition is unclear and not well linked to the stated competency)
Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Results-based Management: Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results
Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Organizational Development: Knowledge of organizational development concepts, issues and principles and the ability to apply them to strategic and/or practical situations
Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Advanced university degree in Conflict Studies, International Relations, Development, Social Sciences, or other relevant disciplines.

Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experiences in mine action sector;
  • Experiences working with and advising governments and other stakeholders on mine action related policy and on the implementation and formulation of relevant strategies and action plans; 
  • Experiences in programme and project coordination and management and in providing management advisory support to national counterparts;
  • Solid knowledge and experiences in advocacy, partnership building, knowledge management and South-South Cooperation; 
  • Experiences working with international organizations, including UNDP;
  • Solid knowledge of international mine action related standards, policies, etc. and in UNDP policies and procedures;
  • Experiences working in South-East Asia is a plus.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in English (both spoken and written). Knowledge of Khmer language is desirable.

Disclaimer

Important information for US Permanent Residents ('Green Card' holders)

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment. 

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Workforce diversity

UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Scam warning

The United Nations does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Should you receive a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Furthermore, please note that emblems, logos, names and addresses are easily copied and reproduced. Therefore, you are advised to apply particular care when submitting personal information on the web.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
Apply

What does it mean?

Click "SAVE JOB" to save this job description for later.

Sign up for free to be able to save this job for later.