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Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist

Multiple locations

  • Organization: ICRC - International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Mine Action and Weapon Contamination
  • Closing Date:
Are you a serving or former military or police EOD qualified professional? We need you to ensure the safety of the area before our colleagues can come and assist the population!

What we do

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence. We take action in response to emergencies and at the same time promote respect for international humanitarian law. We are an independent and neutral organization, and our mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. We work closely with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with their International Federation in order to ensure a concerted, rational and rapid humanitarian response to the needs of the victims of armed conflict or any other situation of internal violence. We direct and coordinate the international activities conducted in these situations.

Role description

The ICRC is regularly faced with challenges related to weapon contamination. Such contamination can be of a conventional or a non-conventional type (CBRN)) and include unexploded or abandoned ordnance, landmines, weaponised or industrial toxic agents. In order to cover these field needs (any Delegation worldwidely), the ICRC is recruiting the best Talent to join WEC Delegate / EOD Specialist pool of professional.

The ICRC WeC services (Weapon Contamination) are focused on four strategic areas:

• Assist in managing risks posed by weapon related hazards to own staff and partners as a part of the organisations ‘duty of care’ processes.
• Assist in maintaining the integrity of the organisation by securing continuation of key operations in situations where weapons or weapons systems pose a risk.
• Assist in protecting the vulnerable in situations of armed conflict (e.g. risk education, risk management or contribute to a more robust Conduct of Hostilities reporting).
• Support the development of the National Societies of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in their implementation of weapon contamination activities.
The WeC - EOD Specialist works under the administrative authority of the Head of Delegation of the duty station in which the coordinator is based or the WeC Coordinator when applicable. Their task is to creatively overcome challenges presented by operating in a conflict or post conflict environment.

Main activities

• In the country of deployment, to ensure that weapon contamination related needs are effectively understood by the management team and accurately relayed to the Regional Weapon Contamination Manager.
• Ensure that the necessary resources are availed to implement EOD related activities.
• Ensure that the ICRC and Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement remain engaged with relevant national bodies, processes and activities.
• Develop a thorough understanding of the weapon contamination situation in their area of responsibility and provide ICRC management with hazards identification and risk assessments of the likely impact of weapon contamination on staff, operations and civilians in affected areas.
• Develop and maintain Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs) and other guidelines for ICRC EOD related activities.
• Lead all aspects of ICRC EOD operations including survey, data management, planning, prioritisation and task implementation.
• Provide ICRC reports to authorities by providing post-strike weapon technical forensic assessments of specific locations.
• In close collaboration with WeC Coordinator when applicable, some tasks include:

-provide training, mentoring, orientation and support to ICRC and Red Cross / Red Crescent Movement staff and national mine action structures.

-promote understanding and implementation of the Movement Strategy and the Preventive Mine Action Operations Framework.

-maintain and promote institutional engagement with external national networks and engage with these networks as appropriate.

-provide lessons learned from programmes to further develop and improve weapon contamination operational policy at the institutional level.

-in coordination with the WeC Coordinator when applicable, ensure WeC activities are implemented in a transversal manner in coordination with the different internal partners and facilitate and complement other aspects of ICRC emergency programming such as relief distributions, water provision, and dead body management.

-develop good working relationships with partners in the area of responsibility (i.e. relief and development organisations, UN agencies and local government representatives) to maximise the impact of the ICRC’s work and to identify high priority areas for cooperation on WeC related activities.

Desired profile and skills

• Education: advanced university degree (master degree or equivalent) with a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience with demonstrated capabilities in management, planning and implementation of training/capacity building; or a first level university degree (bachelor degree or equivalent) with a minimum of 5 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 7 years of relevant experience.
• Minimum EOD Level 3 qualification from an internationally recognised military or police training establishment.
• Instructor qualification from an internationally recognised institution.
• Experienced and successful manager.
• Basic training and CBRN reconnaissance level.
• Excellent oral and written English. Any addittional languages recognized by the ICRC (French, Russian, Spanish or Arabic) would be an asset.
• A proven track record to establish effective working relationships at all levels both internally and externally.
• Strong representation and communication skills.
• Excellent organizational skills and the ability to coordinate multiple activities.
• Ability to meet deadlines and work calmly under pressure.
• Excellent diplomatic skills, including proven experience and capacity to work constructively in teams under considerable pressure.

Our operational & field constraints

• In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC does not assign personnel to a country of which they are nationals.
• Candidate should possess a driving license (for manual transmission vehicles).
• Candidate are prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) for at least the first 6 months up to 24 months.
• Candidates selected need to be ready to undergo a medical check-up prior to departure in the field. 

What we offer

• Rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment.
• Opportunities for further in-house training. 
• Competitive salary and attractive social benefits (including fully covered accomodation & working travel costs).

The ICRC values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.

 Deadline for applications : 18th of July 2022

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.