Operations – Senior Assistant – Baidoa, Somalia


Operations – Senior Assistant – Baidoa, Somalia

Job categories: Project Management, Programme Management
Vacancy code: VA/2021/B5001/22878
Department/office: NYSC, Peace and Security Cluster
Duty station: Baidoa, Somalia
Contract type: Local ICA Support
Contract level: LICA-5
Duration: Ongoing contract (Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance)
Application period10-Nov-2021 to 25-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.


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

The Operations – Senior Assistant works under the direct supervision of the Operations Officer in support Somalia Humanitarian Explosive Management for Stabilization (HEMS) Project. In close coordination with the rest UNMAS HEMS team, he/she support the management of the overall operations in the field.

  • He/she assist the HEMS operations team in day-to-day activities for contracted teams, analyzing team tasks and checking reports.
  • Visit task sites to monitor Quality Assurance (QA) Quality Control (QC) & assure the progress of field service delivery by the contractors.
  • Coordinate land release and handover of cleared sites in collaboration with SEMA and contractors.
  • Identify potential clearance task sites in coordination with the affected land users and SEMA.
  • He/she facilitates and supports the provision and issuance of tasking order to the contractors delivering services to mitigate explosive threats across the Federal Member States (FMS) and state level.
  • He/she provide assist the project to develop routine and ad hoc-reports on operational activities and during formal incidents/accidents BOI investigations.
  • He/she verifies the project information management by updating project filing and documents, control the share driver/systems and ensure all project memories are properly archived.
  • He/she assist the project and other section in translation and interpretation to and from local languages.
  • He/she plays a leading role in liaison between UNMAS and relevant stakeholders including implementing partners/contractors, local communities, clan/elders, relevant FMS ministries, national authorities, and partners from other programs.
  • He/she assists in routine logistical and administrative duties and monitor equipment issued and  loaned to implementing partners.
  • He/she organizes routine field visits to assess the service delivery of the partner and assist to measure the impact of the services delivered by the contractor and mission in general.
  • He/she organizes and provides the general regional security and political updates to the project management team.
  • Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor or the Project Manager.


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.

*Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

  • A First Level University degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) with a minimum of one year of relevant experience is required; OR
  • High School (Secondary or equivalent) with five years of relevant experience is required.

b)      Experience

  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in programme management, project management, project development, project administration, operation support or administration support.
  • Experience in report writing is required;
  • Experience in Explosive Hazard Management is highly desired;
  • Computer literacy is required.

c)      Language

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

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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