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Team Leader (Explosive Threat Mitigation), Multiple positions

Multiple locations (Multiple locations)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
  • Grade: IICA-2, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Climate Change
    • Mine Action and Weapon Contamination
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-01-24

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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

Syria Response Programme
Operating under the mandate of Security Council resolution 2165 (renewed in 2017 with SCR 2393), UNMAS deployed the Syria Response programme at the request of the Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator in August 2015 and subsequently activated the Mine Action Sub Cluster under the Protection Cluster to address the impact of explosive hazards within Syria. UNMAS is the lead agency for the Mine Action Sub Cluster for the Syria Response. Established in Damascus since 2018, following the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Syrian Arab Republic, UNMAS strives to expand humanitarian mine action in Syria, with the aim to respond to high humanitarian needs. This includes humanitarian mine action activities prioritized in the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for Syria: risk education, victim assistance, survey and clearance.

The conflict in Syria has been characterized by the extensive use of explosive weapons which resulted in large scale explosive hazard contamination, with the presence of diversified types of ordnances. According to the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) 2019 for Syria, 10.2 million people live in communities reporting explosive hazard contamination; men, women, and children, are exposed to the threat of grave injuries and death on a daily basis. Millions of people live with a permanent disability and new conflict-related trauma cases lead to thousands of permanent disabilities requiring long-term and multi-dimensional support.

Recent exchanges with UN agencies and observations made by the Syria Response Team have highlighted the immediate need for an explosive ordnance assessment capacity, which would be able to assess the threat of explosive ordnances  including landmines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices. UN Agencies often suspect that explosive hazards are present in an area where they may be attempting to support humanitarian programming; many of these locations include potentially contaminated infrastructures. However, these agencies do not have the capacity to verify and prove or disprove the presence of suspected threat. Therefore, UNMAS Syria Response is in a position to provide its expertise and undertake Explosive Ordnance Assessments (EOA). The intervention will result in an explosive hazard assessment report defining the status of the infrastructure/area as containing or not containing explosive hazards. The intervention will result in an explosive hazard assessment report for each request defining the status of the infrastructure/area as containing or not containing explosive hazards and provide information to the communities to behave more safely. 

Candidates who apply should note that they would be expected to deploy within a short notice period; please indicate your realistic availability and notice period

Functional Responsibilities

The Team Leaders will deploy frequently throughout Syria, leading their respective Explosive Ordnance Assessment teams. Under the supervision of the Chief of Operations Syria Response Programme, the Team Leader will plan Explosive Ordnance Assessment team activities, leading the Searchers under its supervision. S/he will be responsible for ensuring the following activities are conducted:  

  • Lead the Explosive Ordnance team which will be made up of approximately 4 Searchers per team ;

  • Lead the team in conducting non-technical survey, technical survey and high-risk search operations of infrastructure and areas identified by UN Agencies and Syria Response Programme as potentially containing explosive ordnance;

  • Manage the team’s desk research on explosive ordnance hazards

  • Oversee all aspects of mine action related activities carried out by staff under your supervision and control;

  • Receive tasks from the Chief of Operations and help to plan and prioritise response; provide feedback on work plan for high quality and responsive operations; evaluate information received including sources;

  • Liaise with appropriate security infrastructures within and outside the UN networks

  • Implement and monitor technical, international and national safety standards in all team tasks

  • Track all tasks and development ad hoc products, providing quality control on all products prior to delivery;

  • Support the identification and the compilation of lessons learned. Focus shall be placed on continuous technical improvement within the project, comprising advisory services, training, mentorship, equipment, service provision, and direct implementation of threat mitigation measures;

  • Ensure interaction and maintain close and effective coordination with relevant national military, government, community and civil society representation;

  • Liaise and build relationships within the humanitarian sector for the purpose of facilitating activities, identifying and prioritising work;

  • Produce detailed and comprehensive Explosive Ordnance Assessment reports for each infrastructure or area searched; disseminate analytic products to a diverse community inclusive of humanitarian actors and communities at risk, as required

  • Complete accurate submission of the relevant IMSMA reports following the completion of the Explosive Ordnance Assessment task;

  • Assist the UNMAS Chief of Operations in developing analytical strategies related to assessment of explosive ordnance in the area of operations;

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • A First-level University degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) and 7 years relevant experience is required;OR

  • A Secondary School diploma (High School or equivalent) and 11 years relevant experience is required.

  • Certification as a deminer or surveyor in a demining capacity is required.

  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Certification 3 or Higher Qualification is required.

  • Certification as a High Risk Searcher or Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) Operator is required.


  • Relevant experience is defined as operational experience with a recognized military, police, or humanitarian mine action organization, or development setting, or other relevant field experience.

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in manual mine clearance, technical survey of mined areas and/or areas suspected of containing IED’s, or clearance of areas confirmed to have been contaminated with IED’s is required.

  • Experience in manual IED threat mitigation, high risk search (EOD, military search at the operator or staff level, military management in the field of IED mitigation, training, mentoring, capacity development, development of doctrines and concepts of operations, or programme for the development of IED mitigation equipment) within the last 5 years is required.

  • Experience as a High Risk Search operator or an IEDD operator within the last 5 years is required.

  • Experience as a team leader or supervisor of a High Risk Search capacity or IEDD team (in military, humanitarian or commercial contexts) is required.


  • Intermediate knowledge of Arabic (writing, speaking and reading) is required.

  • Fluency in Arabic (writing, speaking and reading) is desired.

  • Intermediate knowledge of English (writing, speaking and reading) is required.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
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.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
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).
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.
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 behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
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.
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.

Contract type, level and duration

  1. Contract type : International Individual Contractor Agreement (IICA)
  2. Contract level : IICA-2 ICS-10
  3. Contract duration : Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance

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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.

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