Counter Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Specialist - Mine Action (ICS-10)

from UN Office for Project Services
Closing date: 31 Dec 2014

“Beginning 18th May 2014 , UNOPS will begin reviewing applications from this roster group in anticipation of upcoming vacancies.

Functional Responsibilities

In line with applicable UN policies and Security Council Mandates, the Counter– Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) Specialist is responsible for the establishment and development of prevention and mitigation procedures for managing the IED threat to UN personnel, property and programmes. They will act as the local focal point between UNMAS and other key stakeholders under the guidance and direction of the Programme Manager. The incumbent will report directly to the Programme Manager, and be responsible for the following functions:

  • · Liaison between UNMAS HQ, specific programmes and key stakeholders in country;
  • · The establishment, including developing operational standard operational procedures(SOPs), for prevention and mitigation measures;
  • · Development and implementation of local technical solutions, identifying shortfalls, and time frames for prevention and mitigation measures;
  • · Establishment of a detailed C-IED information database and development of tasking procedures based on existing online systems;
  • · Liaison with appropriate in-country law enforcement agencies to facilitate information sharing;
  • · Represent UNMAS in C-IED matters at the field level;
  • · Continually assessing the operational situation for areas of improvement in efficiency, effectiveness and safety within the local C-IED threat;
  • · Assessment and the recommendation of new training requirements in prevention and mitigation measures through the introduction of new technology, equipment, materials, and processes;
  • · Assist in the capacity development of national security authorities for the protection of civilians against IED threats;
  • · Document plans and processes;
  • · Identify continuous improvements and lessons learned;
  • · Identify risks and plan risk mitigation strategies and report on the progress of deployment activities in writing and orally to UNMAS HQ NY;
  • · Implement any other tasks requested by the Programme Manager and Chief of Operations.


  • Leadership– Proven supervisory ability and/or technical leadership. Ability to maintain effective working relations both as a team member and team leader.
  • Teamwork Skills– Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations with both people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and as part of a small, flexible and highly adaptive Team.
  • Organising and Quality Orientation –Ability to manage, organize, plan and implement work assignments, prioritise competing demands and work successfully in high stress environments.
  • Decision Making – Demonstrated superior ability to apply good judgment and decision making skills.
  • Communication Skill – Strong spoken and written communication skills.
  • Creativity and Innovation – Strong analytical and problem solving skills and ability to manage simultaneous management and coordination issues.
  • Ability to Learn – Willingness to learn and embrace new developments.
  • Lives and Breathes UNOPS Values – Takes ownership for all responsibilities and honours commitments.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • · Advanced University Degree (Masters Degree or equivalent) with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience; or a First Level University Degree (Bachelors Degree or equivalent) with a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience; or Military Experience (or relevant Police Experience) at the Senior Non-Commissioned Officer or Officer level (or equivalent) with a minimum of 11 years of relevant experience;
  • · At least 5 years experience in the field of explosive hazard management including 3 years experience in C-IED operations (to include proven C-IED experience);
  • · IEDD certified through internationally military or civilian accredited training;
  • · Demonstrated experience in training, capacity building and Quality Management;
  • · Experience with training foreign nationals in EOD/IEDD techniques;
  • · Recent experience (within the last 36 months) experience in the management of an internationally recognized C-IED database and relevant C-IED operational field experience within a military or civilian governmental programme;
  • · Excellent computer literacy is essential, knowledge of IMSMA an asset;
  • · Team management experience and skills required;
  • · Knowledge of the UN system and UNOPS procedures an asset;
  • · Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of other official UN languages an advantage.

Contract type, level and duration

  • Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment (FTA) / Temporary Appointment(TA) / International Individual Contractor Agreement (I-ICA)
  • Contract level: ICS-10: P3 FTA / P3 TA / I-ICA 2
  • Contract duration: Length of contract will depend on contract modality and funding availability.

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Additional Considerations

For staff positions UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the job.

Based on organizational needs at the time of recruitment, applicants accepted into this UNOPS roster pool may be considered for job at the advertised job level or its equivalent. The successful candidate(s) may be offered a contract governed by the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules or UNOPS individual contractor agreement.

How to apply:

To apply, please go through the following link.