High Threat Search Advisor – DCA Syria Programme
DCA , Dar'a, Syria
DanChurchAid (DCA) invites applications for a High Threat Search Advisor (SA) for its Syria programme. This is a non-family position based in North East Syria (NES), with entry point through and frequent travel to Iraq.
The DCA Syria programme is a growing programme with a 5-year footprint in NES. The activities are wide-ranging and include risk education, survey, clearance of explosive hazards, cash transfers, vocational training, shelter rehabilitation, NFI distribution, psychosocial support and early recovery.
As the High Threat Search Advisor, your main responsibility is to manage, supervise and mentor Community Liaison Teams, conduct Non-Technical and Technical survey in suspected hazard areas, train and capacity build national staff in the areas of high threat search, ground sign awareness and reconnaissance of explosive ordnance; provide technical oversight of search and clearance teams.
The main duties relating to this position are as follows:
- Conduct Non-Technical and Technical survey in suspected hazard areas in accordance with DCA SOPs.
- Conduct explosive ordnance reconnaissance to identify weapon types and usage.
- Provide threat assessment input to clearance plans
- Train and capacity build national staff;
- Supervise, manage and mentor Community Liaison teams;
- Work closely and in coordination with DCA Risk Education teams;
- Operate in accordance with DCA SOPs, and assist the OM with the preparation on new SOPs, if needed;
- Provide technical oversight of field operations of the component for which you are responsible, including training, safety and security, daily operational planning and implementation, and the direction and discipline of locally employed operational and administrative personnel under your control;
- Conduct QA/QC of all programme survey, training and clearance activities and provide feedback and constructive recommendation to teams, TAs and OM;
- Conduct analysis of IED threat and trend tracking.
- Prepare all relevant reports and documentation in a timely manner, using relevant forms, including IMSMA forms, as and when appropriate;
- Work closely and in coordination with the GIS Technician and the Medical Coordinator;
- Represent DCA in relevant coordination meetings;
- Provide timely and detailed data for the programme output tracker;
- Stay informed and current on new techniques, manuals and devices relating to Humanitarian Mine Action.
Additional responsibilities include:
- Provide operational input to proposals and reports, and ensure all technical reporting is conducted in a timely manner and to a high standard;
- Represent DCA in relevant coordination bodies in NES;
- Closely coordinate with the cluster and other mine action actors to ensure DCA Clearance activities and interventions are coordinated and timely;
- Contribute to culture of excellence, continuous improvement and performance optimization across all projects;
- Work in accordance with DCA values and humanitarian principles;
- Maintain effective working relationship with other members of the programme;
- Be a role model for diversity and inclusion, as well as a positive role model for contributing to the team spirit.
- Actively mainstream gender in all mine action activities.
Applicants must have the following qualifications and experience
- Search Advisor (SA), Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) qualifications or International Mine Action Standard (IMAS) equivalent, with certificates;
- Knowledge and experience of EOD and ERW clearance methodologies;
- Knowledge and experience of search methodologies and ground sign awareness in IED contaminated areas, both urban and rural;
- Engineering and construction background is a plus;
- Instructor or mentor qualifications a plus; experience training and mentoring national staff in EOD and Search techniques, including preparation and execution of structured training courses to IMAS standards;
- Previous experience in Humanitarian Mine Action organizations as an International Search Advisor is desirable, including knowledge of IMSMA forms
- Strong leadership, team building and communication skills.
- Understanding of the humanitarian principles linked to NGO field and operations contexts;
- Experience working in remote and insecure field locations;
- Flexibility and cultural awareness and sensitivity;
- Regional experience in strongly preferred;
- Computer literacy essential including proficiency in Word, Power Point and Excel.
- Fluency in written and spoken English is essential. Knowledge of Arabic would be advantageous.
- 12 -month contract;
- A competitive salary package;
- 30 days of paid annual leave;
- A generous R&R allowance;
- Insurance as per industry standards;
- An interesting and challenging experience addressing humanitarian needs.