Operations Officer

UNOPS, Baghdad, Iraq

Skill Required:, Project Management
Closing Date for Applications: 
7th March, 2020

Job Description

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 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.

Background – UNMAS Iraq

The UNMAS Iraq programme was formally established in June 2015, at the request of the UN Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Iraq, to lead the UN efforts to mitigate explosive threats in the country, as well as to support the enhancement of national and regional mine action capacities. UNMAS is supporting multiple layers of operations under the UNMAS Iraq Strategic Plan which focusses on three main components:

  • Explosive Hazard Management
  • Capacity Enhancement
  • Risk Education

Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Risk Education (RE) Team Lead and/or the RE Consultant, the incumbent will be assigned to undertake the following responsabilities:

Project Management:

  • Participate in the elaboration of concept notes and budgets for new RE activities;
  • Support the organisation and implementation of RE activities, including but not limited to trainings, creation of new RE designs, RE campaigns and more, as assigned by the RE Team Lead or RE Consultant;
  • Draft activity reports;
  • Report to the RE Team Lead in Erbil and RE Consultant in Baghdad any gaps, lessons learnt and areas of improvement within the Project Cycle Management, and propose solutions to identified challenges and issues.

Grants and contracts management:

  • Schedule, plan, participate and undertake in quality assurance and control visits for RE grantees and contractors;
  • Quality check statistical and narrative reports;
  • Support monitoring and evaluation of grantee and contractor performance and compliance, providing guidance as required.

Information management and reporting:

  • Maintain organisation of the RE shared drive, relevant IM tools, and record and archive keeping;
  • Analyse qualitative and quantitative data to ensure compliance with internal and external indicators;
  • Analyse qualitative and quantitative data to ensure relevance of RE activities and operations;
  • Provide draft reports and data for internal and external use.

Liaison and representation:

  • Liaise with the National Mine Action Authorities and humanitarian actors on mine action related activities;
  • Participate in donor visits, events, meetings and conferences as required.

Administration and logistic:

  • Participate in relevant meetings, translating between English and Arabic when required;
  • Translate RE materials and documents from English to Arabic;
  • Draft formal letters and minutes;
  • Any other relevant request by the RE Team Lead and/or RE Consultant.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply!
  • Persons with no UN experience are encouraged to apply!
  • This position is open to nationals or persons with a valid residence and/or work permit.


  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) with one year of relevant experience; OR
  • First-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) with two years of relevant experience is required.


  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in Humanitarian related activities or Project Management in a complex emergency affected by a disaster or conflict.


  • Fluency in English (Speaking, writing, reading) is required.
  • Fluency in Arabic (Speaking, writing, reading) is required.


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