Operations Specialist – Risk Education and Non Technical Survey At UNOPS

Job categories Demining

Vacancy code VA/2021/B5001/22909

Level ICS-10

Department/office NYSC, Peace and Security Cluster

Duty station Maiduguri, Nigeria

Contract type International ICA

Contract level IICA-2

Duration12 months renewable subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance

Application period15-Nov-2021 to 29-Nov-2021

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

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.

Background information – Nigeria programme

Northeast Nigeria is facing a problem of weapons and explosive hazard contamination as a result of protracted conflict. The presence of explosive remnants of war (ERW), improvised explosive devices (IED) and landmines of an improvised nature, poses a serious threat to civilians as well as to United Nations and humanitarian personnel operating in the north-east of the country.

UNMAS deployed to Nigeria in April 2017 to conduct an Explosive Threat Scoping mission to Nigeria which resulted in the recommendation of the establishment of a humanitarian mine action coordination and support capacity in Maiduguri and immediate provision as appropriate, technical response to the explosive contamination impacting the humanitarian crisis in the north east. In addition, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) for Division 7 of the Nigerian Army made a request through the Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in December 2017, to have UNMAS presence in the north east. The GOC highlighted the negative implications of the explosive threat including Improvised Explosive Devices and Unexploded Ordnance on IDP return, livelihoods and return to normalcy in northeast of Nigeria. In 2018 UNMAS established a permanent presence to implement a mine action programme in Nigeria to:

  • Improve the protection of civilians and facilitate humanitarian assistance;
  • Enhance national capacity to mitigate explosive threats and enable compliance with international treaty obligations;
  • Reduce the explosive threat to United Nations personnel and humanitarian workers.

** Functional Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Programme Manager, duties and responsibilities will be as follows:

  • Support the integration of Explosive Ordnance Risk Education (EORE) and Non-Technical Survey (NTS) into the development of a national strategy by the APMBC Inter-Ministerial Committee;
  • Develop Explosive Ordnance Risk Education materials for the integration of EORE into the school curriculum (modules and training guides);
  • Develop a training package and conduct training of trainers on Explosive Ordnance Risk Education and Non-Technical Survey;
  • Provide Explosive Ordnance Awareness (EOA) to humanitarian personnel and national authorities;
  • Develop plans and guidance for the integration of EORE within the wider humanitarian Response;
  • Provide technical and planning support to the Mine Action implementing Partners with regards to project implementation including training, materials development, monitoring, evaluation and quality assurance activities;
  • Draft National Standards on EORE and NTS;
  • Provide technical advice and support on the issue of EORE and NTS to key stakeholders;
  • Assist with concept notes, project proposals and new initiatives, develop budgets;
  • Liaise with HMA partners and national authorities;
  • Develop plans and provide guidance for the integration of EORE and Conflict Preparedness and Prevention (CPP) within the wider humanitarian response;
  • Conduct the quality assurance, analysis and report writing of KAPB surveys;
  • Conduct Online training on HMA, EOA and EORE;
  • Advise on the monitoring and evaluation of the impact of EORE;
  • Oversee development of EORE materials (flipcharts, activity books, billboards/banners, leaflets);
  • Train national associate or EORE and NTS;
  • Advice on all EORE related matters for the programme and MASWG partners;
  • Any other duties as requested and tasked by the Programme Manager.

** Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Advanced university degree (Master degree or equivalent) with five years of relevant experience; OR
  • First-level university degree (Bachelor degree or equivalent) with seven years of relevant experience

Work Experience:

  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in curriculum development, training delivery, communication/education material development, or health promotion.
  • Two years of experience in risk education related to explosive hazards, IEDs and small arms and light weapons are required


  • Fluency in English (read, write and speak) is required

** Competencies

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

  • 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.

** Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: ICA

Contract level: I-ICA 2
Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance

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** 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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