Explosive Hazard Management Team Lead
CTG, Erbil, Iraq
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Overview of position
Background Information – PSC:
The UNOPS Peace & Security Centre (PSC) is a principal service provider in the field of mine action with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UNDP, UNICEF, Govt's of mine affected countries & other mine action partners. The center is responsible to administer, provide support & oversight of the day to day management of the project field offices, both according to the client requirements & in line with UNOPS rules & regulations. It is headed by the Center Director who has the overall authority & accountability for the performance of the PSC on behalf of its clients.
Background - UNMAS:
United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is a division of the Office of Rule of Law & 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 & 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 & unsafe conventional weapons & ammunition stockpiles. As an office within DPKO, UNMAS supports peacekeeping & 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 & as per the UN Policy on Mine Action & 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 & unexploded ordnance, where individuals & communities live in a safe environment conducive to development & where mine survivors are fully integrated into their societies."
UNMAS is a unit within the Office of Rule of Law & 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 & assistance in the areas of Explosive Hazard (EH) mitigation to 18 countries/territories/missions, has a standby rapid response capacity & Global Technical Advisers in the field of Improvised Explosive Devices & (IED) Weapons & Ammunition Management (WAM).
The UNMAS Iraq program was formally established in June 2015, at the request of the UN Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) & 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 & regional mine action capacities. UNMAS is supporting multiple layers of operations under the UNMAS Iraq Strategic Plan which focuses on three main components:
- Explosive Hazard Management.
- Capacity Enhancement.
- Risk Education.
UNMAS Iraq is committed to gender mainstreaming throughout all its processes and projects, in accordance with UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and under the present and forthcoming Gender in Mine Action Guidelines.
The post of ‘Explosive Hazard Management Team Lead’ will support the delivery of the overall objectives of UNMAS Explosive Hazard Management (EHM) component.Role objectives
Under the direct supervision of the UNMAS Head of Projects (HoP), the Explosive Hazard Management Team Lead leads the explosive hazard survey & clearance operations in areas liberated from ISIL. The EHM Team Lead will be held accountable to the HoP & be responsible for the entire project cycle (design, implementation, monitoring, reporting). The function has the following duties & responsibilities:
- Liaison with relevant partners & stakeholders including national & regional mine action authorities, NGO’s, commercial contractors, the mine action sub cluster, local authorities on the level of Governorate & municipality, UN agencies & ISF/PMF/FedPol.
- Coordinate survey & clearance operations with stakeholders and implementer's of reconstruction, return & recovery projects.
- Coordinate the need for risk education support with Risk Education Project Manager.
- Coordinate all EHM activities as appropriate with the Information Management & Capacity Enhancement Project Managers respectively.
- Participate in relevant coordination meetings with mine action authorities, operators, donors, coalition & other mine action sector stakeholders.
- Support UN agencies during field missions as required. For UN assessments & field visits to heavily explosive hazard contaminated areas, UNMAS participation is mandatory.
Planning & tasking:
- Overall planning of UNMAS Iraq EHM activities in liberated areas of Iraq.
- Draft & maintain weekly & monthly operational plans in cooperation with UNMAS Iraq Ops/QA Officers.
- Ensure UNMAS Iraq EHM activities are sequenced in line with agreed priorities & coordinate these with relevant authorities, UN agencies & contractors.
- Task UNMAS Iraq contractors for survey & clearance tasks in accordance with priority lists.
- Review contractor implementation plans & monitor operations continuously as they progress.
- Coordinate operator’s community liaison capacities.
- Assess existing operational capacities & provide HoP with regular updates in terms of relevance, geographical focus & need for increase or decrease of mentioned capacities.
- Regularly provide HoP with advice with regards to the strategic direction of operational implementation, quality management & information management.
- Produce daily operational reports for internal UNMAS/UNOPS use.
- Provide UNMAS Iraq management & Program Officers with updated operational information as required.
- Lead, task & follow up all UNMAS Iraq Ops/QA Officers.
- Review performance of all UNMAS Iraq Ops/QA Officers.
- Ensure UNMAS Iraq contractors are appropriately accredited with national mine action authorities for each individual operational activity undertaken.
- Ensure QA/QC of all UNMAS Iraq contractor’s community liaison, survey & clearance operations are conducted continuously.
- Conduct review of operator training including plans, curriculum, conduct, testing & competence. Approve successfully certified & competent staff as appropriate.
- Produce & maintain weekly/monthly QM plans.
- Review & approve UNMAS Iraq operator’s SOPs as appropriate. Ensure SOPs are compliant with IMAS & relevant national standards.
- Review & approve as appropriate any proposed changes to, or revisions of UNMAS Iraq operator’s SOPs.
- Produce & maintain non conformity overview, agreed corrective & preventive actions & the subsequent effectiveness of actions taken.
- When required, participate in Board of Inquiry for accidents, incidents & critical non conformities.
- Maintain an archive for all relevant QM documentation, records & reports.
- Ensure the UNMAS Iraq internal information management system is maintained & up to date in accordance with the progress of CL, survey & clearance operations.
- Ensure all UNMAS Iraq operational task reports are submitted to DMA & when relevant, IKMAA, for reconciliation with national IMSMA database.
- Ensure all QM reports are registered within UNMAS Iraq internal information management system.
- Coordinate all information management activities with UNMAS Iraq IM contractor.
- Manage the IM team within the ops section.
- Ensure the UNMAS Iraq information management system is fit for purpose & implement adjustments as appropriate.
- Utilize the UNMAS Iraq internal information management system for tracking operational performance, progress & quality of operation.
This role reports to the Head of Project.
Key competenciesStrategic perspective: Develops & implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term & externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates & perceives the impact & implications of future decisions & activities on other parts of the organization.
Integrity & inclusion: Treats all individuals with respect, responds sensitively to differences & encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational & ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. A role model for diversity and inclusion.
Leading self & others - Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates & supports the development of others. Acts as a positive leadership role model motivate, directs & inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Partnering: Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners & always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds & maintains strong external relationships & is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Result orientation: Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self &/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities & takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Agility: Open to change & flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences & modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Solution focused: Evaluates data & courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation & creativity to problem-solving.
Effective communication: Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise &open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings & needs of others. Actively listens & proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion & finding common ground.
This role leads & manages the EHM project team with 30+ personnel (both international & national) in multiple duty stations across the five governorates retaken from ISIL.
- Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) Business, Management, Political Science & International Relations with a minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience Or;
- First Level University Degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) with a minimum of seven (7) years of relevant experience OR Military Experience (or relevant Police Experience) at the Senior NCO (Non Commissioned Officer) or Officer level (or equivalent).
- Minimum of 5 years of progressive experience in humanitarian mine action is required
- Minimum 5 years of experience in operational management is required
- Experience in IEDD related operations is desired.
- Ability to work independently & with minimal supervision.
- Three years of experience in project management related field & two (2) years’ experience in team management (required).
- Experience delivering humanitarian projects in a challenging context is highly desirable.
- Computer literacy is required.
- Experience with the UN is desirable.
- Fluency in English (required).
- Fluency in Arabic (desired).