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Threat Analysis Specialist – Mogadishu, Somalia
Threat Analysis Specialist
Job categories:Project Management, Programme Management
Vacancy code: VA/2020/B5001/19745
Department/office: NYSC, Peace and Security Cluster
Duty station: Mogadishu, Somalia
Contract type: International ICA
Contract level: IICA-2
Duration: Ongoing contract (Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance)
Application period: 03-May-2020 to 24-May-2020
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 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.
*CANDIDATES WITH NO UN OR UNOPS EXPERIENCE ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY
*Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
Under the supervision of the Head of Policy, the Threat Analysis Specialist will conduct programme-level explosive hazard analysis. S/he will be responsible for the following functions:
Provide support to explosive hazard analysis though established analytical processes, including: identification of requirements, information acquisition, examination, collation, analysis, and dissemination;
Conduct extensive research to investigate and analyze the source of IED components and material, to include: ERW/mines within Somalia, regional illicit smuggling, diversion of explosive precursors, diversion from regional mining industry, and acquisition through security forces within Somalia. Baseline studies should be augmented with deliberate information acquisition plans to fill gaps in knowledge;
Research, analyze and present findings on measures to mitigate the flow of IED components and material through: accountability throughout the supply chain for dual-use components, traceability procedures, improving the regulation of explosive precursors, strengthening security for the transport and storage of explosives and of precursors, and enhancing the vetting procedures for personnel with access to explosives or to precursors useful to the manufacture of explosives;
Produce threat analysis based on available information;
Liaise and collaborate with appropriate national, regional and international stakeholders to facilitate information sharing;
Provide briefings and presentations of analytical findings and conclusions;
Continually assess the operational situation for areas of improvement in efficiency, effectiveness and safety within the local explosive hazard threat;
Identify continuous improvements and lessons learned;
Identify risks and plan risk mitigation strategies and report on the progress of deployment activities through written and verbal briefings to UNMAS Senior management;
Review all available IED-related reporting;
Review and promulgate all UNMAS produced IED related documentation to include weekly/monthly statistics, presentations and reports;
Implement any other tasks requested by the Head of Policy.
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.
Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience; OR
First Level University Degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent with a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience; OR
Secondary/High School diploma, Police or Military College with a minimum of 11 years of relevant experience.
Relevant experience is defined as experience in Security, Police, Defense Intelligence or Threat Analysis.
Experience supporting IED threat mitigation operations, weapons technical intelligence or explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) operations is desired;
Experience in report writing is required.
Fluency in English (spoken, written and reading) is required;
Knowledge of another UN official language is desired.
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: International Contractor Agreement (ICA)
Contract level: IICA-2 (ICS10)
Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.
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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
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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