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Marine Cargo Inspection Specialist – Djibouti
- Job category: Procurement
- Post date:11 May 2020
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Marine Cargo Inspection Specialist – Djibouti
Department/officeMR, AMM, Amman
Duty station: Djibouti
Contract typeInternational ICA
DurationOpen-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance
Application period10-May-2020 to 25-May-2020
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.
Background Information – UNOPS
UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.
UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.
Working with us
UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.
With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.
Work life harmonization
UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.
Background Information – Job-specific
According to UN OCHA, the humanitarian crisis in Yemen remains the worst in the world. Nearly five years of conflict and severe economic decline are driving the country to the brink of famine and exacerbating needs in all sectors. An estimated 80 per cent of the population – 24 million people – require some form of humanitarian or protection assistance, including 14.3 million who are in acute need. Severity of needs is deepening, with the number of people in acute need a staggering 27 per cent higher than last year. Two-thirds of all districts in the country are already pre-famine, and one-third face a convergence of multiple acute vulnerabilities.
In order to address the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen, the restoration of regular commercial cargo flows into the country is essential. UN Security Council resolution 2216 (2015) decided that “Member States shall take necessary measures to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer from or through their territories or by their nationals, or using their flag vessels or aircraft, of arms and related materiel of all types, including weapons and ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, paramilitary equipment, and spare parts for the aforementioned”. In order to facilitate the unimpeded flow of essential commercial items to Yemen, the UN has been requested by the Government of Yemen to provide a monitoring and inspection service to inspect commercial cargo entering Yemen’s territorial waters in compliance with UNSCR 2216 (2015).
The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) was requested to operationalise and manage a mechanism to oversee the monitoring and inspection services on behalf of the UN and the concerned Member States. UNVIM is an independent mechanism, executed by UNOPS and reporting to OCHA.
The United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen (UNVIM) was established in Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti, in January 2016. As of November 2019, UNVIM has issued clearances to more than 1,100 vessels discharging over 21.1 million metric tonnes of commercial cargo to Yemen’s Red Sea ports of Hodeidah, Saleef and Ras Isa.
 UN OCHA https://www.unocha.org/yemen/about-ocha-yemen
 UN Security Council Resolution 2216 (2015), https://www.undocs.org/S/RES/2216%20(2015)
This role requires the Cargo Inspector to:
Verify and Inspect containerized cargo.
Verify and Inspect bulk or break-bulk cargo.
From vessel manifest, conduct initial screening and physical verification of the cargo whilst offshore in accordance with national legislation and international law.
Perform cargo inspections of seagoing vessels to detect and identify the presence of illicit and prohibited goods such as arms and related materiel of all types to include weapons and ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, paramilitary equipment and spare parts for the aforementioned and if suspected/detected recommend re-routing of vessels to port for further inspection.
Work as part of a rapid response team in a dynamic/high risk environment.
Analyze vessel documents that set forth cargo and draft surveys/inspection reports detailing work undertaken.
Coordinate with the appropriate authorities (member states officials) for permission to inspect the cargo both at sea and if required in port.
Supervise the loading/unloading of shipments and detail any discrepancies, compiling reports on findings swiftly and accurately.
The inspection team will be required to adhere to our client’s procedures and protocols, including data protection and security measures.
Perform other tasks as directed by the Project Manager.
Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
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.
Education (Level and area of required and/or preferred education)
Master degree in Supply Chain, Nautical Science or related field is required. A Bachelor degree combined with additional 2 relevant years of work experience can be accepted in lieu of the Master’s degree.
Example: Minimum 5 years working in a marine environment is required, and 2 additional years when combined with a Bachelor’s Degree.
Thorough knowledge of the International Maritime Laws including Laws of the Sea is required.
Progressively responsible experience in inspection operations with well know entities. (required)
Thorough knowledge of the overall structures of various types of ships and engineering practices is required.
A high level of computer literacy in Microsoft Office suite of programs is required
Excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills, including ability to collaborate with port authorities, and government officials on a wide array of logistics is required
Proven ability to work in difficult conditions and in stressful and high risk environments using a keen attention to detail is required
Dedication, pro-active/creative thinking, flexibility and an aptitude to work in team-oriented structures is required
Solid Supply Chain academic qualifications with a focus on inspection and related operations.(preferred)
Additional experience in international peacekeeping, humanitarian or emergency operations is desired.
Tact and diplomacy but with a firm approach to carry out directives.
Experience in Middle East is desirable
Fluency in English (essential) and Arabic (desirable).
Commercial Shippers must have attained and awarded Chiefmate Licence for merchant mariners.
Naval/Military Officers must have Ship’s Command Certificate and reached the rank of at least a Captain (or equivalent).
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: I-ICA
Contract level: IICA2
Contract duration: Ongoing ICA- Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.
For more details about the ICA contractual modality, 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.
Djibouti is a family duty station
UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
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.
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