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  • Organization: UN - United Nations
  • Location: Bamako
  • Grade: Senior Executive level - D-1, Director - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position of Chief of Mine Action Programme is based in Bamako, Mali and is located within MINUSMA, in the pillar of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator (DSRSG-RC-HC). The Chief of the Mine Action Programme will report to the DSRSG-RC-HC in Mali and maintain close links with the Director of UNMAS at United Nations Headquarters.


1. Leading the development of the Mine Action component’s strategy and implementation of the Mine Action programme :
a. Ensuring the approved programme framework is delivered effectively and in a comprehensive, manner and co-ordinates work both within the Programme and with National institutions, United Nation country team and with other organizations of the United Nations System ;
b. Leading in establishing relationships with national institutions and governmental authorities and engagement with donors and partners on mine action including participating in inter-agency and partner strategic meetings as appropriate and providing programmatic/substantive expertise on Mine Action issues;
c. Ensuring a sound knowledge base of all the component’s work in order to provide solid evidence base and data in support of Mine Action Programmes.

2. Coordinate the development of regular substantive work programmes for the Mine Action component:
a. Providing substantive and technical guidance on the development of the component’s work programme and integrating competing and/or complex elements of the external operating environment impacting the delivery of the Mine Action programme;
b. Ensuring all outputs produced by the Mine Action programme meet required technical, safety and quality standards.
c. Ensuring a fund-raising approach that capitalizes on a diverse and impactful array funding streams
d. Catalyzing and promoting gender mainstreaming, innovation, use of advances in equipment and technical approaches;

3. Ensure quality oversight and supervision of the implementation of the Component’s work programme:
a. Ensuring a systematic monitoring and supervision of the Mine Action component
b. Ensuring budget and programmatic performance are carried out side by side, identifying risks and areas where adaptive management is required.

4. Responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of administrative, budget and personnel issues in the component:
a. Reviewing and recommending the overall budgetary allocation of the component, in close cooperation with MINUSMA and UNMAS HQ and preparing and reviewing budgets and inputs for the annual budget cycle and Results-Based Budgeting;
b. Evaluating and recommending human resources requirements and the most efficient administrative and organizational framework for the component, in order to enable programme implementation;
c. Ensuring the most efficient and cost-effective use of the component’s financial and human resources and recommending adjustments and strategies as necessary;
d. Ensuring the strictest adherence to the Delegation of Authority Framework and Further Delegation of Authority Framework;
e. Providing substantive guidance, advice and support to Mission leadership, UNMAS HQ as well as Mine Action teams on the development of aspects of the Mine Action programme.

5. Perform representative functions on behalf of the Mine Action component and MINUSMA as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of and exposure to strategic and operational Mine Action issues. Understanding of the Malian context. Understanding of UN institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to peacekeeping and stabilization. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
Judgement/decision making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in public administration, political studies, international relations, law, management, social sciences or related area. A first level university degree (Bachelor's degree or equivalent) in combination with two additional years of relevant qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen (15 ) years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of programme and project management is required.

A minimum of ten years of experience in the management of programmes and projects in the areas of mine action, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, security sector reform, stabilization, humanitarian or emergency responses is required;

Experience managing large teams is required.

Experience working with the UN system or similar international organization is desirable.

Experience in managing a mine action programme is desirable.

Experience in resource mobilization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in French and English (both oral and written) is required.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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