Operation senior assistant at UNOPS

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.

** Functional Responsibilities

*CANDIDATES WITH NO UN OR UNOPS EXPERIENCE ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY *Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager-HEM and guidance from the Victims Assistance Advisor, he/she will be responsible the following main duties:

Purpose and Scope of Assignment

  • Assist in liaison between UNMAS, specific programmes, line ministry and key stakeholders in country including national mine action authorities; Ministry of Health, Ministry of Women and Human Rights and Ministry of Social Affairs;
  • Support in providing substantive inputs to assist the Project Manager in the preparation of project reports and documents;
  • Review assessment reports submitted by the implementing partner for data completeness and accuracy and raise to the Area Manager’s attention on any discrepancies;
  • Assist to collate, verify, organize, process and analyse Victim Assistance data, including evaluating the reliability of field sources and credibility of information;
  • Provide routine and ad-hoc reports on operational activities and impact based contextual implications on the project;
  • Assist during training of mine action personnel in data collection, need assessment of field data reporting forms on the activities conducted implementing partners;
  • Assist in identifying and exploring new opportunities and methods to implement and/or provide support services to victims;
  • Support victim assistance available service mapping, key stakeholders and the development of a referral pathways for landmine and EO survivors;
  • Develop local network, monitor information sources on incidents and identify the civilians affected by conflicts, landmines and other explosive ordinances and make necessary verification and dissemination;
  • Support organizing victim assistance consultations, technical working group meetings and provide administrative support;
  • Coordinate with international and national organizations involved in the provision of relevant services related to Victim Assistance, and facilitate information sharing to create a platform;
  • When requested, assist in conducting formal investigations on mine action incidents/accidents, and assist in translation and interpretation of project subject matter;
  • Develop and maintain a tracking system to assist supervisor in following up on action points to ensure work plans are met;
  • Provide support in conducting awareness sessions to promote the development of Victim Assistance; and the inclusion of survivors and people with disabilities in the humanitarian response, reconstruction/recovery programmes and national policies;
  • Implement any other tasks requested by the Project Manager-HEM, Victim Assistance Advisor or Head of Section.

** Competencies

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


  • Secondary School Diploma (High School or equivalent) with five years of relevant experience is required.


  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in administration, liaison, project or programme management, project or programme development, or coordination supporting operations in a humanitarian, conflict, post-conflict, development contexts or NGOs at the national or international level.
  • Experience in report writing is required;
  • Computer Literacy is required.

Language Requirements

  • Fluency in English(writing, speaking and reading) is required
  • Fluency in Somali (writing, speaking and reading) is required.

** Contract type, level and duration

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

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** 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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