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Operations Officer (Associate Risk Education Officer)

Erbil (Iraq)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Erbil (Iraq)
  • Grade: LICA-8, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Mine Action and Weapon Contamination
  • Closing Date: 2020-12-13

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Background Information - PSC

Peace and Security Centre

The UNOPS Peace and Security Centre (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. The Centre 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 Centre Director who has the overall authority and accountability for the performance of the Peace and Security Centre on behalf of its clients.

Background Information - Job-specific

Background - UNMAS

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. 

Background – UNMAS Iraq

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) was established in 1997, 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."

UNMAS is a unit within the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) within the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). UNMAS main headquarters is in the UN Secretariat, New York with a sub-office in Geneva. UNMAS provides direct support and assistance in the areas of Explosive Hazard (EH) mitigation to 18 countries/territories/missions, has a standby rapid response capacity and global technical advisors in the field of Improvised Explosive Devices and (IED) Weapons and Ammunition Management (WAM).

The UNMAS Iraq programme was formally established in June 2015, at the request of the UN Under-Secretary General for Peace Operations (DPO) and the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Iraq, to lead the UN efforts to mitigate explosive threats in the country, as well as to support the enhancement of national and regional mine action capacities. UNMAS is supporting multiple layers of operations under the UNMAS Iraq Strategic Plan which focusses on three main components:
   1. Explosive Hazard Management;
   2. Capacity Enhancement, and
   3. Risk Education. 

Functional Responsibilities

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply! Candidates with Non-UN experience are encouraged to apply!
Under the direct supervision of the Risk Education (RE) Team Lead, the incumbent will be assigned to undertake the following responsibilities:

Project Management:

  • Participate in the elaboration of concept notes and budgets for new RE activities;
  • Support the organization and implementation of RE activities, including but not limited to trainings, creation of new RE designs, RE campaigns and more, as assigned by the RE Team Lead;
  • Draft activity reports;
  • Report to the RE Team Lead any gaps, lessons learnt and areas of improvement within the Project Cycle Management, and propose solutions to identified challenges and issues.

Grants and contracts management:

  • Schedule, plan, participate and undertake in quality assurance and control visits for RE grantees and contractors;
  • Quality check statistical and narrative reports;
  • Support monitoring and evaluation of grantee and contractor performance and compliance, providing guidance as required;

Information management and reporting:

  • Maintain organization of the RE shared drive, relevant IM tools, and record and archive keeping;
  • Analyze qualitative and quantitative data to ensure compliance with internal and external indicators;
  • Analyze qualitative and quantitative data to ensure relevance of RE activities and operations;
  • Provide draft reports and data for internal and external use.

Liaison and representation:

  • Liaise with the National Mine Action Authorities and humanitarian actors on mine action related activities;
  • Participate in donor visits, events, meetings and conferences as required.

Administration and logistic:

  • Participate in relevant meetings, translating between English and Arabic/Kurdish when required;
  • Translate RE materials and documents from English to Arabic/Kurdish;
  • Draft formal letters and minutes;
Any other relevant tasks requested by the RE Team Lead and/or RE Consultant.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply! Candidates with Non-UN experience are encouraged to apply!
This position is open to nationals or persons with a valid residence and/or work permit.


Education

  • Advanced University Degree (Masters Degree or equivalent) is required; OR
  • First level University degree (Bachelors Degree or equivalent) with 2 years of relevant experience is required; OR
  • High School Diploma with 6 years of relevant experience is required. 

Work Experience

  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in Humanitarian related activities, Project Management Risk Education, Media or related fields. 
  • Minimum one year of relevant experience is required.

Language

  • Fluency in English (speaking, reading and writing) is required;
  • Fluency in Arabic (speaking, reading and writing) is required;
  • Knowledge of Kurdish (speaking, reading and writing) is desired.

Competencies

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

Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement (LICA)
Contract level: LICA-8 (ICS-8)
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:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx 

Additional Considerations

  • This is a non-family duty station
  • This is a local position, therefore only national of the duty station or applicants with a valid residence permit will be considered
  • 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
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • 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.  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.

Diversity

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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