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15 Mar 2019

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (Conventional Munitions Disposal /Improvised Explosive Device Disposal) Trainer

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Explosive Ordnance Disposal (Conventional Munitions Disposal /Improvised Explosive Device Disposal) Trainer, Mogadishu

Organization: UNOPS – United Nations Office for Project Services
Country: Somalia
City: Mogadishu, Somalia
Office: UNOPS Mogadishu

Closing date: Wednesday, 27 March 2019
Peace and Security Cluster

The UNOPS Peace and Security Cluster (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 Head of Cluster 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 Head of Cluster who has the overall authority and accountability for the performance of the Peace and Security Cluster on behalf of its clients.


United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is a division of the Office of Rule of Law and 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 and 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 and unsafe conventional weapons and ammunition stockpiles. As an office within DPKO, UNMAS supports peacekeeping and special political missions in accordance with Security Council mandates.

UNMAS as a component of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) provides explosive hazard management capacities, including mitigation, to AMISOM as part of a logistical support package. Non-lethal tactical advice and analysis are delivered by UNMAS technical advisors located in each AMISOM Sector Headquarters and at AMISOM Force Headquarters, who support AMISOM planning and operations. UNMAS support includes both enabling (‘operate in spite of IEDs’) and response (‘defeat the device’). As a component of the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) UNMAS also supports the Federal Government of Somalia, including the Somali Police Force, Somali Explosive Management Authority and National Security Advisor.

Explosive Management Support for the Somali Security Sector, (EMSSS) was an initiative launched in 2010 to assist the Somali Security Sector institutions with establishing the necessary EOD, and demining policies, legislation and capability. EMSSS has now become the Police EOD Project. UN Somalia Mine Action provides a humanitarian response to the mine and explosive remnants of war (ERW) threat throughout Somalia, in both emergency and development contexts. Support to the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) and Department: of Political Affairs (DPA) will assist UN partners at the headquarters level in New York in establishing a presence in Somalia, and facilitating project delivery.

Under the guidance and supervision of the Head of Programme (HoP), the CMD/IEDD Instructor provides support in explosive threat mitigation for Somali Security Forces and provides explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) training, mentorship and support in the form of conventional munitions disposal (CMD) and improvised explosive device disposal (IEDD), to the Somali Police Force within Somalia.

Summary of Key Functions

The jobholder supports in the following activities:

Support with the coordination, implementation, execution and completion of admin, operational and training activities required within the Programme.
In consultation with the Project Manager, oversee and conduct training of personnel in CMD and IEDD.
Mentor EOD (CMD/IEDD) trained Somali Security Force / Somali Police personnel.
Prepare and maintain training plans and lesson plans for delivery.
Ensure that all training is recorded, training records are kept up-to-date, and submitted to the Project Manager.
Debrief the relevant stakeholders on training achievements, QA assessments.
Provide guidance on any specific corrective actions to be taken by the stakeholders when points of concern are identified.
Issue and record explosives and equipment to be used by personnel undergoing training.
Ensure that Standing Operating Procedures (SOP) are compliant with best practice and ensure all types of EOD operations and training are conducted in a safe and effective manner.
Attend meetings with the relevant stakeholders representing UNMAS Somalia and supporting all elements listed in the UNMAS Theory of Change.
Other tasks as directed by the Head of Programme.
Travel within Somalia and abroad to coordinate between key stakeholders regarding operational activity and training delivery.
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.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in Business Administration, Project Management, Humanitarian Affairs or any other related field with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience; OR
A First-level university degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) in Business Administration, Project Management, Humanitarian Affairs or any other related field with a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience; OR
High school Diploma with a minimum of 11 years of relevant experience; OR

Military or Military/Police College with a minimum of 11 years of relevant experience.

Relevant experience is defined as experience in Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD), Conventional Munitions Disposal (CMD) or Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) operations or other related field
Within relevant experience, 2 years in delivering EOD, CMD or IEDD training is required;
Experience in UXO clearance operations and related practices is desired;
Knowledge of the International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) is desired;
Computer literacy with solid experience in using computers & office software packages like MS Office, spreadsheets & database packages is required;
Internationally recognized driving license is required.

Fluency in English ( reading, writing and speaking ) is required;
Fluency in Japanese ( reading, writing and speaking ) is desired;
Knowledge of other UN official language is desired.
Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement Contract level: IICA 2 (ICS10) Contract duration: Eleven (11) Months Only For more details about United Nations staff contracts, please follow this link:

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.
Work life harmonization – UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
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.

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 mean that we can quickly respond to our partners’ needs while offering the benefits of economies of scale.


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