IED Mitigation Planning Officer, Mali

from UN Mine Action Service
Closing date: 30 Mar 2018

Background Information - Job-specific:

The UNOPS Peace and Security Centre (PSC) is a principal service provider in the field of mine action with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UNDP, UNICEF, Governments of mine-affected countries and other mine action partners. The Centre is responsible to administer, provide support and oversight of the day-to-day management of the Project Field offices, both according to the client requirements and in line with UNOPS rules and regulations;

It is headed by the Centre Director who has the overall authority and accountability for the performance of the Peace and Security Centre on behalf of its clients.

Functional Responsibilities:

The IED Mitigation Planning Officer will work under the supervision of the Project Manager for UNMAS support to MINUSMA. He/she will act as the planning focal point for the project. He or she will, under the supervision of the Project Manager:

  • Assist the project in the design of plans of action (multi-year strategy, annual and monthly work plans, procurement plan, recruitment plan) and oversee Project team members contribution to planning works;
  • Monitor the implementation of the project activities and to that effect create and maintain monitoring tools;
  • Assist the project in the design, maintenance and monitoring of management documents (work packages, risk register, issue logs, stakeholder map, storyboards);
  • Coordinate and liaise with the Project Manager on the implementation progress;
  • Provide substantive inputs in the preparation of the project monitoring and evaluation reports;
  • Provide overall staff support to the Project Manager;
  • Proactively coordinate the planning and delivery the delivery of activities with Operation Branch and Support Services;
  • Ensure technical coherence and accuracy for all planning involving IED threat mitigation, in line with current tactics, techniques and procedures, Mission SOP, UNMAS policy, and the Counter-IED framework in Mali.
  • Liaise and build relationships within MINUSMA for the purpose of facilitating activities with priority for, but not limited to, IED threat mitigation;
  • Work with the Force to encourage systematic integration of the requirements for IED mitigation actions into all stages of the strategic and operational planning process to ensure that objectives can realistically be achieved;
  • Provide IED Mitigation inputs for the establishment and development of MINUSMA standard operational procedures (SOPs), for prevention and mitigation measures and reporting procedures;
  • Document plans and processes;
  • Support the identification and the compilation of lessons learned. Focus shall be placed on continuous technical improvement within the project, comprising advisory services, training, mentorship, equipment, service provision, and direct implementation of IED threat mitigation measures;
  • Act as OIC for the project in the absence of the Project Manager;
  • Implement any other tasks as requested by the Project Manager.

The following are the functional responsibilities:

  • Prepare and present outputs, activities and indicators in line with the objectives of the
  • Project;
  • Deliver detailed work plan and subsequent planning of the activities as per the objectives of the Project;
  • Monitor the conduct and delivery of these activities;
  • Assist the UNMAS project Manager (support to MINUSMA) in developing planning strategies;
  • Evaluate the risks, identify the issues and the appropriate responses;
  • Ensure the coordination of activities with UNMAS Mali operations and support services;
  • Ensure the coordination of activities with the beneficiaries;
  • Reports the progresses of the Project planned activities and the completion of objectives;
  • Prepare and present planning briefings and presentations.

Monitoring and Progress Controls:

  • Assist with the definition of the outputs and activities to meet the project objectives;
  • Liaise with MINUSMA to plan the proper delivery of outputs to the beneficiaries;
  • Submit proposed plans with a clear description of risks and mitigating measures;
  • Keep the Project Manager and the Project Team aware of any planning change.

Education/Experience/Language Requirments:

Education and Years of Experience:

  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in Business Administration, Social Sciences, Project Management, International Relations or related subject with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience OR
  • First Level University Degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) in a related field with a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience OR
  • Military Experience (or relevant Police Experience) at the Senior NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) or Officer level (or equivalent) with a minimum of 11 years of relevant experience


  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in mine action operations management in a military, humanitarian, or commercial context:

  • Within relevant experience, minimum of 3 years’ experience in IED threat mitigation (e.g. EOD, military search at the operator and/or staff level, military management in the field of IED mitigation, training, mentoring, capacity development, development of doctrines and concepts of operations, programme for the development of IED mitigation equipment, etc.) is required;

  • At least 2 years' experience in a humanitarian, conflict, or post-conflict environment is required;

  • Computer literacy is required;

  • Experience working in a French-speaking environment is desired;

  • UN experience, especially peacekeeping, is desired.


  • Internationally recognized driving license is required;
  • Qualification in at least one of the following is required;
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal at the operator or staff level;
  • Military search at the operator or staff level;
  • C-IED at the staff level;

PRINCE2® Foundation or Practitioner, or an equivalent certification is an asset but required completion within first 6 months of onboarding.


  • Fluency in English is required (reading, writing, and speaking);
  • Fluency in another official UN language is desired.


Integrity and Inclusion: Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion;

Leading Self and Others: Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role);

Partnering: Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Results Orientation: Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries;

Agility: Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements;

Solution Focused: Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving;

Effective Communication: Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration:

Background Information (UNOPS):

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner. Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations. With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it. A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

How to apply:

Additional Considerations:

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time;
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered;
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified;
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply;
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post;
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS;
  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns;
  • Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.