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Advisor, Operational Management

  • Organization: GICHD - Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining
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  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
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Advisor, Operational Management (Expert I)


Geneva, Switzerland, with regular travel, including to mine-affected countries


12 months, with eligibility for long-term extension


100 %

Start date

As soon as possible

Closing date for applications

August 31st, 2022


The Standards and Operations Division provides services and technical expertise on standardisation, quality management, and operational efficiency in support of national authorities in mine action and the wider mine action and human security sector. In addition to supporting the development of International Mine Action Standards (IMAS), emphasis is placed on: providing technical assistance, training and capacity development, conducting research, producing publications, developing tools and work methods, supporting the development, improvement and implementation of national mine action strategies and developing and improving national mine action standards (NMAS). The Division further seeks to ensure operational efficiency by providing advice, record and shares best practices to ensure standardised, safe and efficient survey and clearance operations.       

Our division is hiring an Operational Management advisor to provide advice and support to the capacity development of national authorities and other mine action partners in developing efficient and effective operational methodologies. In this capacity, s/he will design, plan, implement or supervise the GICHD’s trainings, support or research activities that promote operational efficiency in mine action programmes. In addition, as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, the Advisor will provide broader mine action expertise within the GICHD and will carry out mine action evaluations and participate in broader programmes, fora and conferences.

Areas of Responsibility: 

- Support head of division, programme managers and advisors in the capacity development of national authorities and other mine action partners in developing efficient and effective operational methodologies.
- Actively participate in all projects within the programme, through contribution of knowledge and experience.
- Support the development and delivery of training packages in relation to land release and operational efficiency and in coordination with other team members.
- Support the implement of work plans that reinforce the objectives of the international conventions (APMBC, CCW, CCM).
- Draft publications on operational efficiency and broader mine action topics and disseminate reports from research and field studies.
- Contribute to the revision of International Standards and Technical notes.
- Contribute to the review and development of national standards, policies and procedures.
- Maintain and strengthen partnerships with United Nations agencies, operators and national authorities to facilitate outreach activities.
- Work with colleagues within the Division to contribute to the implementation of divisional sub-strategy and GICHD strategic plan.

Other responsibilities
- Support GICHD divisions and management in all aspects of its work, as and when required and agreed.
- Work in line with, and actively contribute to, the GICHD’s Results-based Management approach.
- Mainstream gender and diversity practices; respect and promote gender equality and diversity.
- Liaise with other GICHD divisions to strengthen communication and cooperation.
- Any other tasks assigned by the Programme Manager.

Profile requirements

A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, such as a senior command and staff qualification) in International Development, Economics, Public or Business administration, International Relations, Political Science or other subjects of relevance or Military college
Specific knowledge, technical skills (essential to fulfill the post)

- 5 years’ experience implementing mine action operations in affected countries
- Understanding of the management of mine action operational efficiency and effectiveness
- Experience in working with national authorities/programmes in mine action
- Experience in capacity development, an advantage
- Competence in project cycle management, including resource mobilization, budget monitoring, resources management, narrative and financial reporting to international donor institutions would be an advantage
- Excellent command of written and spoken English
- Working knowledge of French or any other language practised in explosive ordnance (EO) affected countries;


If you wish to join our mission and you feel you have the right profile to take on this role, we look forward to receiving your application.

You are kindly requested to present your application in English and include: 

- a CV of maximum 3 pages
- a letter of motivation
- your earliest date of availability

The GICHD implements a Gender and Diversity policy and is an equal opportunities employer. Applications are encouraged from women and men, nationals of mine-affected countries and individuals with a disability or special needs, who meet the above profile requirements.

About us

The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) works towards reducing risks to communities stemming from explosive ordnance, with a particular focus on mines, cluster munitions, other explosive remnants of war and ammunition storages. The Centre helps develop and professionalise the sector for the benefits of its partners: National and local authorities, donors, the United Nations, other international and regional organisations, non-governmental organisations, commercial companies and academia. It does so by combining three distinct lines of service: field support focused on capacity development and advice, multilateral work focused on norms and standards, and research and development focused on cutting-edge solutions. These efforts are facilitated from the GICHD's location within the Maison de la Paix in Geneva.

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