United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) - Job Vacancy

United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS)

Job Vacancy

Operations Assistant


Job categories: Project Management

Vacancy code: VA/2021/B5001/22410

Department/office: NYSC, Peace and Security Cluster

Duty station: Gaza, State of Palestine

Contract type: Local ICA Support

Contract level: LICA-4

Duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements and availability of funds

Application period: 19-Aug-2021 to 05-Sep-2021

 Background Information - PSC

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 - Job-specific

Background: UNMAS 

United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is a division of the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) in the Department of Peace 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.


 Functional Responsibilities



The Operations Assistant will be supervised by the Explosive Ordnance Risk Education (EORE) Associate and the Head of Operations and will work closely with the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and EORE technical teams. The incumbent be responsible for the following duties:


  • Coordinate meetings with national and local authorities, and other stakeholders and provide accurate interpretation of English into Arabic/Arabic into English during the meetings
  • Assist in the coordination of UNMAS Palestine operational activities 
  • Assist EOD team members in the drafting of plans, reports and related documentation to the on Explosive Ordnance, Assessment tasks and deployment coordination
  • Support in the drafting of accident response plans for new Deep Buried Bomb (DBB) working sites
  • Support in preparing  correspondence related to operational matters, the compilation of reports and clearance statistics
  • Assist in collating and submitting petty cash invoices for EOD operations, and ensuring all accounts are paid and receipts received for all expenditure
  • Ensure all staff are trained in the use of correct radio communications
  • Assist in ensuring that driver and medic daily tasks are allocated in line with the Operational plan of the week
  • Assist the  Explosive Ordnance Risk Education (EORE) team to verify  that appropriate community liaison visits are delivered, ensuring that targeted communities are fully aware of where, when, how and why the DBB or EOD tasks will proceed.
  • Drive the Explosive Ordnance Assessment Team when required
  • Assist  the Data Management Assistant for the input of data into IMSMA (if required) and clarify any areas of confusion or doubt
  • Support in ensuring all DBB & EOD equipment is maintained in a serviceable condition
  • Participate in UNMAS Palestine training courses as appropriate


 Education/Experience/Language requirements





  • High School Diploma (Secondary School or equivalent)  with a minimum of 4  years relevant experience is required. Candidates may be considered according to reduced minimum requirements (50% reduction to the minimum years of experience required). 
  • University degree or diploma is not  required but candidate with relevant qualifications can also apply


  • Relevant experience is defined as experience working in operations support, project support or related fields.
  • Experience using computer softwares and  peripherals (scanners, digital cameras, etc) is required
  • Willingness to work in remote and often insecure locations is required
  • Experience in using road maps or topographic maps is desired
  • Previous experience in survey/data gathering techniques is desired


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


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.

 Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement


Contract level: LICA - 4 (ICS-4)
Contract duration: Open-ended subject to availability of funds and/or satisfactory performance.
For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:


 Additional Considerations

  • This is a local position and only nationals of duty station 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.
  • 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.

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

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