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Operations Advisor – Victim Assistance – Mogadishu, Somalia

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Job Description

Operations Advisor – Victim Assistance

Job categories: Project Management
Vacancy code: VA/2020/B5001/20982
Level: ICS-11
Department/office: NYSC, Peace and Security Cluster
Duty station: Mogadishu, Somalia
Contract type: International ICA
Contract level: IICA-3
Duration: 5 Months
Deadline: 06-Jan-2021
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.
Background Information – PSC

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.  It is led by the Director, who has overall authority and accountability for the performance PSC on behalf of its clients.  The Director is responsible for administering and providing 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.

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 is 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. 

Background Information – Job-specific

The recent history of armed conflicts in Somalia dates back to 1977 – almost 40 years ago when the Ogaden war irrupted between Somalia and Ethiopia.  The war lasted for about 9 months but left behind significant landmines and other explosive remnants of war contamination mainly in the border areas.  Since then the conflicts have never ceased, as a result the problem of explosive hazards has been constantly increased leaving behind significant number victims in Somalia.  The use of IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) is increasingly becoming common and the most devastative in victimization of the civilian population across Somalia.   While the mine action sector is making progress on survey, clearance and risk education, assistance to victims of explosive hazards remains an area with minimum attention.  

Purpose and Scope of Assignment

The overall purpose of this project is conducting a professional victim assistance situational analysis within the disability assistance programme at the policy and implementation levels.  The expectations is to map the existing resources and services, identify the gaps and propose solutions for ensuring the rights and dignity of all people with disability affected by explosive hazards in Somalia.   The consultant will need to engage with the key disability/victim assistant stakeholders at policy and implementation levels in Somalia.

The consultant is expected to define victim assistance in the context of wider disability assistance in Somalia and propose workable project concepts for implementation. The Consultant will report to the Humanitarian Explosive Hazards Management Project Manager and work in close collaboration with the Planning Team in the UNMAS’s Somalia front office.

Functional Responsibilities


*Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

The consultant will be reporting to the Humanitarian Explosive Hazards Management (HEMS) Project Manager, and she/he will be performing the following responsibilities:

  • Review and analyze the existing policy framework for disability and victim assistance sector of Somalia in light of the government of Somalia’s obligations as per relevant treaties and sustainable development goals and design integration of victim assistance in Mine Action services
  • Support the national mine action authority to develop victim assistance policy and national VA standard in line with International Mine Action Standards (IMAS)
  • Support establishment of Victim Assistance coordination structure with key stakeholders in the government, survivors and mine action organizations and coordinate VA with external stakeholders in the United Nations and NGOs
  • Undertake consultations and discussions with the relevant stakeholders to gather information and understand the local VA and disability assistance context to develop Victim Assistance referral pathways
  • Provide coordination and capacity development support, including trainings for UNMAS, UN humanitarian partners, implementing partners, and other humanitarian NGOs with regards to the technical, monitoring, and reporting skills needed for VA initiatives
  • Ensure promotion of gender mainstreaming through: participation of women in the development of national VA/disability plans and institutions; participation of women in victim assistance and disability program
  • Support in updating and ensuring a comprehensive survivors/victim data collection mechanism through close cooperation with relevant stakeholders including SEMA and mine action implementing partners
  • Lead and facilitate training of the mine action staff including staff of the national mine action authorities in VA components and data collection
  • Cooperate in the capacity building of the staff of the Somali Explosives Management Authority (SEMA) at Headquarters (HQ) and Regional level, including efforts to improve national mine action capacity in victim assistance
  • Draft a project concept with budget to be used for fundraising and donor engagement
  • Prepare and undertake a presentation to the relevant stakeholders in strategic meetings to advocate VA and inclusion in Somalia
  • Contribute to advocacy initiatives to guarantee that VA is integrated in humanitarian and national priorities
  • Performs other duties as assigned 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/Experience/Language requirements

a)      Education
  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) with 7 years of relevant experience, OR
  • First Level University Degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) with 9 years of relevant experience is required. 

b)      Experience

  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in Project Management, Programme Management, Business Administration, International Relations, Political/Security/Development Studies or humanitarian/development.
  • Experience working and understanding of disability and victim assistance is required;
  • Experience in research or writing academic papers is required;
  • Computer literacy, with solid experience of using Microsoft Office suite is required.

c)       Language

  • Fluency in English (Speaking, Writing and Reading) is required.
Contract type, level and duration
  1. Contract type (ICA)
  2. Contract level (I-ICA 3) and
  3. Contract duration – Short-term ICA – Maximum duration 5 months

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

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.
  • 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
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • 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.

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. 


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