Mine Action Technical Advisor, Guinea-Bissau

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Closing date: 17 Nov 2008
Location: Guinea-Bissau - Bissau

UNOPS helps its partners in the United Nations system meet the world?s needs for building peace, recovering from disaster, and creating sustainable development. UNOPS is known for its ability to implement complex projects in all types of environments around the globe. In an effort to promote organizational excellence, UNOPS seeks highly qualified individuals for the following position:

Vacancy Details

Vacancy Code: 2008/NAO/MAU/GBS/01
Post Title: Mine Action Technical Advisor
Post Level: A4
Org Unit: UNDP
Duty Station: Bissau, Guinea Bissau
Duration: One (1) year
Closing Date: 17 November 2008


Under the overall guidance and direction of the UNDP Resident Representative, the Mine Action Technical Advisor will manage the UNDP mine action capacity development programme and assist the Government of Guinea-Bissau to strengthen and manage its mine action programme.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Advise National Authorities on efforts to strengthen national capacity to undertake mine action as an integral part of Guinea-Bissau?s programme for post conflict recovery and development, focusing on institutional and individual capacity development. In particular the Chief Technical Advisor, will:

- Advise the Government of Guinea-Bissau on all aspects of operational mine action activities, including quality management (procedures for accreditation, monitoring and post-clearance inspections), coordination, quality assurance, monitoring and maintenance of standards, information management (IMSMA), general survey, marking and mine/ERW clearance, community liaison and mine risk education, and resource mobilisation requirements;
- Advise the National Authorities and civil society organisations on implementation, monitoring and compliance with its obligation under the Mine Ban Convention, and other relevant legal obligations;
- Support the National Director of CAAMI in organizational coordination, channelling information, and preparing for decision-making;
- Assist the Government of Guinea-Bissau to enhance its institutional framework for mine action and to promote the use of effective consultation mechanisms between mine action partners and the Government of Guinea-Bissau;
- Advise the National Authorities on the most appropriate methods of coordinating mine action efforts linked with national recovery, reconstruction and development plans;
- Assist and advise the National Director of CAAMI in monitoring, coordinating and controlling the implementation of the General and Impact Survey (GIS), data and information gathering to populate IMSMA and mapping information stores and then direct the dissemination of this information to authorized and/or interested parties;
- Assist the National Director of CAAMI in drafting plans, reports, contracts, statements of work, threat assessments and all other related documents as required to support programme activities;
- Assist the Government of Guinea-Bissau to develop, train and equip a small residual coordination and operational capacity that will be able to respond to spot ERW tasks, when the UNDP mine action support project is completed;
- Assist in coordination and control any investigation or board of inquiry regarding a mine or Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) accidents;
- Develop recommendations for continuously improving national project management processes and capacity development tools;
- Assist in the management procedures to enable accountable control of all mine action projects/contracts funded by numerous modalities, and provide technical oversight that PAAMI implementing partners reports are in compliance with the contractual and financial requirements in the mission area;
- Coordinate the provision of UNDP-sponsored senior and middle level management training, mine action exchange (MAX) programmes and mine action training for the CAAMI staff;
- Facilitate mine action capacity development efforts of the UNDP CO and all UN agencies in Guinea-Bissau to ensure effective and integrated national capacity development;
- Promote and facilitate the participation of national staff and authorities to international mine action seminars/workshops related to the implementation, management, and reporting to improve CAAMI;
- Advocate for, and contributing to the integration of a gender perspective into the national mine action programme by promoting adherence to the UN gender guidelines for mine action programmes, and by liaising with UNIFEM to ensure the appropriate inclusion of women?s organizations and representatives as part of civil society consultations;
- Assume responsibility for all UN procured equipment in the CAAMI.

2. Manage the UNDP capacity development programme. Work with the UNDP CO to produce a mine action assistance programme, based on a newly developed national mine action programme and work plan;

3. Oversee the preparation of project reports and briefs including monthly and annual reports, semi-annual progress reports, project proposals and monthly summary of the programme financial status;

4. Develop and implement a capacity development plan and providing capacity development services to all partners with a special focus on national counterparts;

5. Advise the UNDP Resident Representative and the UN Country Team on mine action capacity development related issues;

6. Manage programme funding allocated by UNDP;

7.Maintain the donor coordination mechanism for mine action and develop robust resource mobilization strategies and plans, in close collaboration with the UNDP CO; and submit project proposals of high professional standards for inclusion in the Portfolio of Mine Action Projects, including monitoring and reporting;

8. Advise and liaise with the national authorities, the UN Resident Coordinator, UN agencies, and international and national organizations concerning the aforementioned mine action issues.

Required Selection Criteria

-Excellent team-building, diplomatic, liaison and interpersonal skills;
-Excellent oral and written communication skills
-Demonstrates cultural sensitivity and gender-sensitive behavior
-Works well in a team and projects a positive image and demeanor
-Self-motivated and able to recommend options for resolution of complex issues
-Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines
-Strong analytical abilities
-Able to handle confidential and politically-sensitive issues in a responsible and mature manner
-Applies protocol appropriately
-Proven ability to direct and manage teams/organizations, involving development of long-term strategies, mobilization of resources, programme integration and descentralization


- At least 10 years work experience at the operational level including four years of experience in development and/or mine action programming, and a proven record in project management, capacity development and administration. In particular, s/he will possess:
- Advanced university degree in Social Science, International Relations, Development and Policy Studies, Political Science or other development related areas or equivalency.
- Experience in developing capacity in post-conflict countries;
- Solid understanding of mine action and development concepts, and related practices, in post-conflict and development settings,
- Knowledge of the UN system and familiarity with UN procedures is desirable;
- Proven track record, ideally with experience in the region;
- Knowledge of the political and developmental situation in Guinea-Bissau is an asset.
- Experience of high level strategy preparation and operational planning. Ability to prepare written reports that are clear, concise and meaningful;
- Computer literate and familiarity with a variety of telecommunication systems;
- Fluency in written and verbal Portuguese and English. Spoken French would be a strong asset.

Submission of Applications

Qualified candidates may submit their application, including a letter of interest, complete Curriculum Vitae and an updated United Nations Personal History Form (P.11) English Version or French Version, via e-mail to maujobs@unops.org Kindly indicate the vacancy number and the post title in the subject line when applying by email.

Additional Considerations

- 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 reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below the advertised level of the post.

For more information on UNOPS, including its core values and competencies, please visit the UNOPS website at http://www.unops.org.
How to apply
email maujobs@unops.org
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