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Humanitarian Mine Action Technical Advisor (TA)

Kharkiv | Ichnya | Ivankiv

  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Kharkiv | Ichnya | Ivankiv
  • Grade: Senior level - Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Mine Action and Weapon Contamination
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding (HDP), one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently seeking a highly qualified and motivated Technical Advisor (TA) for its growing Humanitarian Mine Action portfolio in Ukraine. We appreciate devotion and team building, and we welcome you to join our efforts in building capacities that will support humanitarian disarmament and peace building.


About the job

The Technical Advisor (TA) has the primary function of providing technical advice of all national staff assigned to him/her throughout all HMA activities. He/she will provide daily support and advice to a number of MMC, BAC and NTS teams spanning a wide area of operations, thus DRC HDP is seeking a person that displays a positive approach to his/her work, and is of a determined and dedicated character.

His/her secondary function is to develop the capacity and technical knowledge of all national HMA staff within DRC HDP assigned to him/her with a view to producing an effective and sustainable partially nationalized HMA operation over a specified timeframe.

The TA reports directly to the Operations Manager (OM) with some indirect technical lines to other DRC HDP expatriate staff.

The TA will be primarily based in Northern Ukraine, but is expected to travel and reside in other regions, mainly to areas where DRC HDP HMA teams operate, the national training centers and to Kyiv where DRC HDP country office is located.

Some areas of operations are remote and will require the TA to ‘embed’ himself/herself within the local community.

As the TA, you will plan your activities closely with the Operations Manager. The TA will work very closely with other Technical Advisors, National Demining Supervisors and other demining team members.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical oversight of relevant field operations of the project for which the TA is responsible, including training, safety and security, daily operational planning and implementation and the direction of all employed operational personnel under his/her control.
  • Supervise and if necessary carry out any Land Release operation or EOD in accordance with DRC HDP SOPs.
  • Assist the OM and Quality Management and Training Specialist (QMTS) in developing the project’s technical contribution to the national mine action capacity as required by the OM. This includes required training in agreed locations and subsequent DRC HDP approved training courses of national personnel such as but not limited to DRC HDP staff members.
  • Assist, as required, in the development and maintenance of the DRC HDP technical procedures for project operations.
  • Assist the OM and QMTS in maintaining reporting mechanisms.
  • Assist the OM and QMTS in the training of staff.
  • Establish and maintain relationships as required with all organizations (civil, commercial, military, or humanitarian) involved in HMA activities in the project area of operations.
  • Monitor the team's daily activities in the field to ensure that all safety procedures are followed according to DRC HDP SOPs.
  • Compile the Implementation Plan (IP) for each task in conjunction with the TFM and TL.
  • Ensure that the IP is approved by the OM prior to submitting to the National Authorities.
  • Amendments to IPs shall be approved by the OM prior to submitting to the National Authorities.
  • Follow up the QM visits and ensure that remedial action if required, is completed.
  • Undertake other actions deemed appropriate and necessary by the OM.


Reporting Lines

The TA will report directly to the DRC HMA Operations Manager, Ukraine.


  • Minimum 5 years of working experience at international level within humanitarian international NGOs or similar international bodies, within the Mine Action sector is required.
  • Hands-on experience of training, supervising and deploying Land Release teams is required.
  • Knowledge of and practical experience with a range of HMA equipment, such as the Minelab F3, Ebinger UPEX 740M, CEIA CMD, Vallon VMR3 / VMC, for the purposes of Land Release operations is essential.
  • Proven experience in the application of Land Release and a willingness to exercise and promote the Land Release Policy during DRC HDP operations and to transfer this knowledge and expertise to National Staff.
  • Minimum of IMAS EOD Level 3 certification, or equivalent from an Internationally recognised technical school (Military or Civilian) is required with proven experience in EOD Level 3.
  • Proven experience in designing and delivering technical training and capacity development of national staff is desirable.
  • Experience in HMA Quality Management roles would be considered advantageous
  • Fluency in written and spoken English with excellent writing skills is requirement.
  • A high degree of computer literacy in all MS Office programs is required.
  • Proven experience in technical management of national staff, cultures and religions is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of advanced trauma care is highly desirable.
  • Ukrainian and/or Russian language skills are highly desirable.
  • Work experience from within the region (Eastern Europe) is desirable.


Personal competencies

  • Capacity to work independently.
  • Resolution and integrity.
  • A positive and problem-solving attitude and ability to accomplish objectives in spite of a challenging political and insecure environment.
  • Innovative and creative thinking with strong analytical and reporting skills.
  • Political and cultural sensitivity, as well as a diplomatic, tactful, and flexible interpersonal style.
  • Ability to exude calmness and patience in high stress situations.
  • Proven ability to function well in a potentially volatile and sometimes stressful environment.
  • A strong team player with a willingness to assume other roles and responsibilities short term in times of Expatriate Staff leave periods.
  • Medically and physically fit for duty in austere environments.


In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies: 

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process. 
  • Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback. 
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation. 
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly. 
  • Demonstrating integrity: You uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to our values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.


We offer

Contract: One-year contract, with possibility of an extension, depending on funding and performance.

Salary at Band F2 non managerial and conditions in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates including DRC allowance; please refer to under Vacancies.

Duty station: Field locations (as determined by programme). The position is unaccompanied and the candidate must be prepared to live and work in an isolated environment for long periods of time with limited recreational and social facilities. Simple accommodation is provided for the duration of the contract.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


Start date:  As soon as possible.  


Further information

For information about our work and organisation, please visit our website and

Application and CV

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English,

Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Applicants must submit high resolution copies of their EOD certification (in English) and syllabus for each course/certificate, which should clearly support EOD Level III.

All qualifications/certification submitted will be screened.

Closing date for applications: 30 June   2023




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