Community Liaison Officer at Mines Advisory Group (MAG International)

The name Mines Advisory Group was established in the early days of the organisation, when it was decided that MAG’s initial role would be to draw the attention of the international community towards issues relating to mines and UXO. Between 1990 and 1991, the McGrath brothers carried out two assessment missions to Afghanistan and Cambodia, hoping that their findings would mobilise governments and international agencies into more purposeful action. In 1990, war-ravaged Afghanistan was a country of extreme disruption and immense suffering. Afghan refugees returning from Pakistan were being directed back to villages still contaminated by landmines and as a result were being killed or horrifically maimed. One young Afghan boy left a particular impression on Rae McGrath. “His small body had been absolutely shattered by a Soviet-laid POM-Z fragmentation mine,” he remembers. “When we were at the hospital, his family urged us to take his photograph to show the world the horrific impact of these weapons, which we did.” The boy died from his injuries hours after. His photograph was later used by MAG to highlight the dangers and deadly consequences of mines.

  • Experience 1 – 2 years
  • Location Borno

Overview of role:

Gather data, deliver risk education activities and provide support to MAG’s wider operations using community liaison and participatory approaches to assist MAG achieve its aim of mitigating the negative effects of armed violence and conflict


  • Liaise with communities, traditional leaders, local authorities, NGOs, INGOs, and other relevant stakeholders to gather information that will support MAG’s operational planning using interviews, meetings, community mapping and other participatory approaches
  • Carry out non-technical surveys to identify suspected or confirmed hazardous areas and produce related reports and sketch maps
  • Gather information relating to accidents and victims of landmines, ERW or SALW and produce related reports
  • Deliver risk education to targeted groups ensuring that all participants have a good understanding of risks and mitigation strategies
  • Liaise with communities to support MAG’s clearance operations at all stages of the clearance process
  • Liaise with MAG’s clearance teams to ensure all relevant information is shared prior to clearance operations
  • Gather data relating to the impact of MAG’s work through relevant reports and case studies
  • Deliver training and support to community focal points, leaders and/or teachers where relevant and provide follow up monitoring and support
  • Contribute to the process of developing CL methodologies, materials, policies and procedures
  • Work with other CL staff to design and field test CL resources as required
  • Ensure that all reports are completed to a high standard and that all data is accurate and well-presented
  • Contribute to the day-to-day planning of CL activities and deployments to the field
  • Take due care and responsibility for all equipment issued by MAG
  • Represent MAG in relevant meetings as and when required
  • Adhere to all MAG policies and procedures both Technical and Administrative, including safety and security
  • Any other reasonable duties as requested by the Community Liaison Manager or CL Team Leader.

Essential requirements:

  • Should be an indigen of Borno state and should provide proof of indigeneity.
  • Previous experience of using participatory techniques to gather information in at-risk communities
  • Previous experience of carrying out community-based education activities or similar
  • Good knowledge and understanding of local communities, their norms and culture
  • Ability to record information accurately and clearly
  • A flexible and adaptable approach to work
  • Ability and willingness to travel
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build effective relationships with a range of people
  • Excellent presentation skills with the ability to engage with an audience

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should forward their CV to: using the position as subject of email.

Please send your application in English with your CV and cover letter in the same document.

Your application document should be titled in the following format:  MAG_CLO_YOUR NAME, and this should also be the subject of your email

Note that applications which do not adhere to these instructions will not be reviewed.