United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Operations Specialist (Explosive Ordnance Risk Education)

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Job Description

  Peace and Security Cluster

For over 20 years, the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Peace and Security Cluster (PSC) has provided its largest partner, UNMAS, with interlinked portfolio, programme and project management services that are reinforced by comprehensive management and oversight controls.

Under this umbrella, the Cluster is responsible for the day-to-day management of UNMAS Field Programmes  through a comprehensive approach encompassing areas such as  human resources, procurement and Contract Management, as well as planning, implementation and risk management, that is supported by cross-cutting initiatives that include knowledge and information management, and gender, diversity and inclusion.  This comprehensive delivery platform is implemented  according to client requirements and in line with UNOPS rules and regulations through the leadership of the Cluster Director, who has the overall authority and accountability for the performance of PSC on behalf of its clients.

Background Information – UNMAS

Established in 1997, UNMAS leads, coordinates and implements mine action under United Nations legislative mandates of both the General Assembly and the Security Council. UNMAS supports the UN's vision of "a world free from the threat of mines, explosive remnants of war (ERW) including cluster munitions, and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), where individuals and communities live in a safe environment conducive to sustainable peace and development where no one is left behind, where the human rights and the needs of victims are met and where they are fully integrated as equal members of their societies." UNMAS is a unit within the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) within the Department of Peace Operations (DPO). UNMAS operates under UN legislative mandates of both the General Assembly and the Security Council, or at the request of the UN Secretary-General or his designated official. When instructed by the Security Council or called upon by Member States, UNMAS deploys under humanitarian, peace and security mandates. UNMAS main headquarters is in the UN Secretariat, New York with a sub-office in Geneva. UNMAS provides direct support and assistance in the areas of explosive ordnance threat mitigation to 18 countries/territories/missions, has a standby rapid response capacity and global technical advisors in the field of Improvised Explosive Devices and Weapons and Ammunition Management. As an office within DPO, UNMAS supports peacekeeping and special political missions in accordance with Security Council mandates.

Background Information – UNMAS Iraq

The UNMAS Iraq programme was formally established in June 2015, at the request of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Iraq, to lead the UN efforts to mitigate explosive threats in the country, as well as to support the enhancement of national and regional mine action capacities. UNMAS supports the Government of Iraq to protect civilians from the threat of explosive ordnance and enables humanitarian, stabilization and reconstruction, and socio-economic efforts. under the UNMAS Iraq Programme Strategy focusing on three main components: 1. Capacity Enhancement; 2. Risk Education, and 3. Explosive Hazard Management.  UNMAS Iraq has offices in both Baghdad and Erbil.

Functional Responsibilities

Candidate with Non-UN experience are encouraged to apply! Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply!

The Operations Specialist - EORE will report to the Head of Projects. S/he is expected to support and drive UNMAS Iraq’s nationalisation process for EORE and develop a fully capacitated national EORE team by the end of December 2021.  In addition, in close collaboration with the EORE team, s/he will be responsible for the following assigned duties: Technical Advisory, Training, and Capacity Enhancement 

  • Provide guidance to the UNMAS Iraq programme on matters related to EORE;
  • Provide EORE Technical Support and capacity enhancement opportunities to national mine action staff, implementing partners, contractors and government actors. This may include delivering specific trainings and quality assurance activities;
  • Support the UNMAS Iraq nationalisation process with the objective of building a fully competent, national EORE capacity for proper oversight of EORE activities within the programme and Iraqi context
Operational Coordination

  • Direct and implement the strategic direction of EORE in compliance with the Country Programme Strategy of UNMAS Iraq;
  • Liaise with the Mine Action Sub-Cluster, the national and regional authorities, and other mine action operators to coordinate the EORE response;
  • Form partnerships and maintain existing relationships with other humanitarian actors and contribute to the stabilisation and humanitarian efforts in Iraq;
  • Receive and redirect questions and requests to UNMAS that result from the sub-cluster and/or UN-related Humanitarian initiatives;
  • Liaise with and coordinate closely with the national and regional authorities on EORE activities and training requests;
  • Represent UNMAS Iraq in technical EORE forums and be the principal focal point for external representation.
Project and Grant Management

  • Oversee the overall execution of EORE grants and contracts in close collaboration with implementing partners/contractors;
  • Provide guidance to the Associate Risk Education Officers on the Administration, monitoring and quality assurance of the grants and contracts, if required;
  • Ensure duties and administrative actions are implemented according to UNOPS policy, within the scope of UN and UNMAS mandates, and in compliance with agreements with donors;
  • Develop Call for Proposals and Statement of Works for EORE activities;
  • Organize donor visits and media events/visits when it pertains to EORE activities and partner work.
Information Management and Reporting

  • Maintain up-to-date statistics on Risk Education achievements and ensure information has been captured by the Government databases;
  • Provide input to proposals, internal and external reports, and any other programmatic/projects documents as required;
  • Any other duties as requested and tasked by the Head of Projects.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • 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.

  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in project management, risk education or any other related field.

  • Fluency in English (reading, writing, speaking) is required
  • Fluency in Arabic (reading, writing, speaking) is required


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.

Additional Considerations

  • Candidate with Non-UN experience are encouraged to apply.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
  • This is a local position, therefore only nationals of duty station or applicants with a valid residence permit will be considered.
  • 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.
  • 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.  

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement (LICA) Contract level: LICA-10 (ICS-10) Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

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.

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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