Iraq: Capacity Enhancement Manager

Organization: UNOPS
Country: Iraq
Closing date: 05 Dec 2017

Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner. Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations. With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it. A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners’ needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

The UNOPS Peace and Security Centre (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. The Centre is responsible to administer, provide support and 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. It is headed by the Centre Director who has the overall authority and accountability for the performance of the Peace and Security Centre on behalf of its clients.

Background Information – UNMAS

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is the coordinator for Mine Action within the United Nations system, located within the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) at the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). It chairs the Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Mine Action (IACG-MA) and is the lead of the Global Protection Cluster (GPC) Mine Action Area of Responsibility (MA AoR). Mine action comprises five areas of work: clearance, risk education, victim assistance, advocacy and stockpile destruction. The United Nations applies mine action expertise to an increasingly wide range of explosive hazards, from unexploded missiles, artillery shells, rockets, grenades and mortars, to unsafe and unsecured weapons and ammunition, improvised explosive devices and cluster bombs. UNMAS leads, coordinates and carries out efforts to mitigate these threats when mandated by the United Nations Security Council or, when requested by the Secretary-General or an affected country, often in response to a humanitarian emergency. The Geneva office acts, inter alia, as its humanitarian hub by maintaining a triangular relationship with New York Headquarters and operations in the field. Developing partnerships with the humanitarian and broader Geneva-based community is a priority. The office also deals with relevant international humanitarian law, and coordinates United Nations representation through the IACG-MA in different treaty-related meetings, such as the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, the Convention on Cluster Munitions, and the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.

Background Information – UNMAS Iraq

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) was established in 1997, by the General Assembly, and as per the UN Policy on Mine Action and Effective Coordination (A/53/496, 1998) is the established coordinator of mine action within the United Nations system. UNMAS supports the UN’s vision of “a world free of the threat of landmines and unexploded ordnance, where individuals and communities live in a safe environment conducive to development, and where mine survivors are fully integrated into their societies.”

UNMAS is a unit within the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) within the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). UNMAS main headquarters is in the UN Secretariat, New York with a sub-office in Geneva. UNMAS provides direct support and assistance in the areas of Explosive Hazard (EH) mitigation to 18 countries/territories/missions, has a standby rapid response capacity and global technical advisors in the field of Improvised Explosive Devices and (IED) Weapons and Ammunition Management (WAM).

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: 1. Explosive Hazard Management; 2. Capacity Enhancement, and 3. Risk Education. The post of ‘Capacity Enhancement Coordinator’ will support the overall objectives of UNMAS Iraq’s Capacity Enhancement component including: Support to national mine action authorities; training for the Ministry of Interior, provision of cross-ministerial institutional support; and training support to UN personnel at the request of the UN system.

Functional Responsibilities

Reporting to the Chief of Operations, the Capacity Enhancement Manager is responsible design, implementation, monitoring and reporting of all activities under the Capacity Enhancement component of the UNMAS Iraq programme. This post will supervise 2 national Liaison Officers, 2 Technical Advisors and 4 Training Officers based on programme evolution. This post will also be required to represent UNMAS at relevant coordination forums.

Technical Advisory

  1. Support to national mine action authorities; Assessment of the current capacities and capacity of the Iraqi Directorate of Mine Action (DMA) in its functional regional offices. Review of the relevant policies, legislative requirements, local documentation, to update and consolidate into usable document. Development of a strategic capacity development plan and multi-year work plan in partnership with UNMAS and the DMA that covers. Develop comprehensive and technically adequate concept notes on topics requested for by DMA and approved by UNMAS in terms of availability of resources, existing capacity and stakeholder expectations. Support DMA’s coordination responsibilities in Iraq and related support and management functions in its headquarters office in Bagdad. Support the UNMAS Iraq programme team in developing systems processes and operational procedures for all aspects of assistance to DMA.

  2. Training for the Ministry of Interior, Development of planning, managing and implementing training plans and initiatives for the Ministry of Interior, police training component; Provide oversight and technical guidance to the Training Officers and carry out quality assurance of training delivery; Support experts involved in project implementation in the development of methodological materials and training packages.

  3. Provision of cross-ministerial institutional support; Provide oversight to the Technical staff supporting this component; Engage and build relationships with the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Health and Environment, Prime Ministers Office – National Operations Centre and Joint Coordination and Monitoring Centre, National Security Advisor, the Coalition, and the international community; Maintain an understanding of Iraqi Government structures; and Engage and follow-up on Security Sector Reform processes as it pertains to Explosive Hazards.

  4. Training support to UN personnel at the request of the UN system. Coordinate and provide the training component for the UN SSAFE course; and Coordinate and provide other relevant training as requested by the UN in Iraq.

CE Portfolio Management and Project Oversight

  • Ensure duties and administrative actions are implemented according to UNOPS policy, within the scope of UN and UNMAS mandates, and in compliance with agreements with donors;
  • Ensure that project deliverables are achieved on time, within budget and to a high quality;
  • Engage the state and national government authorities, implementing partners and local communities and use this opportunity to raise awareness about the scope, timelines, anticipated outcomes/benefits and any relevant aspects of the project.
  • Monitor and evaluate all UNMAS CE activities and provide recommendations to improve future project design;
  • Lead project design and new initiatives, support proposal writing, and assist in the development of budgets as required;
  • Provide technical oversight and guidance to CE staff in the implementation of activities;
  • Supervise CE personnel, provide performance evaluations, take the lead on recruitment processes and staff training initiatives.

Information Management and Reporting

  • Capture and report on outcomes related to CE;
  • Maintain up-to-date statistics on CE achievements and ensure information has been captured by relevant Government databases;
  • Provide input and photos for newsletters, communications and digital media to raise the profile of the portfolio of work;
  • Assist in the planning and organization of donor visits and media events/visits when it pertains to risk education activities and partner work; and
  • Draft relevant sections for donor and ad hoc reports.

Expected Outcomes:

  • A three-year strategic capacity enhancement development plan and operational plan, which shall include an initial assessment report on technical and operational capacities of the DMA.
  • Prepare training and capacity building plans and organizational set-up for training on project components; prepare detailed plan of actions and budget estimates for workshops, class room and on-the-job training.
  • DMA personnel TOR’s are enhanced, Internal Operational Procedures, training needs are clearly identified in various aspects of mine action including programme management, Ops/QA, advocacy, information management, admin/finance management.
  • Advise on how the government can report and honour its obligations under any relevant international conventions concerning ERW and landmines, such as the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, relevant to Mine Action, and advocate for mine action within.
  • Explore opportunities for wider capacity building with government agencies in order to develop residual Humanitarian Mine Action Capacity.
  • Advise on monitoring and evaluation of any ongoing training activities and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Advise on how to resource mobilize for mine action national capacity development, from international and national sources, and how to assist the government to ensure the effective utilization of any funds.
  • Advise on how information gathered by DMA from monitoring and evaluation can be best used to inform stakeholders of progress and to improve the DMA programme in Iraq.
  • Manage and occupy an office within the DMA office block.
  • Deliver a brief bi-weekly update to the Programme Manager/Chief of Operations.
  • Any other duties as requested and tasked by the Chief of Operations.


  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in development studies, business management, project management, or any field related with seven (7) years of relevant experience; OR
  • First Level University Degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) with nine (9) years of relevant experience.


  • At least seven (7) years of relevant experience in post-conflict or/and emergency environments is required.
  • At least one (1) year of experience working in capacity development at the strategic level or similar roles involving capacity enhancement assessments of local mine authorities is required.
  • Experience as Humanitarian or commercial mine action programme manager is desired.
  • Experience working with a government security sector institution providing response services to the general public is highly desired.
  • Experience in organizing and delivering programs to management is desired;
  • Experience as an Institutional Advisor in fragile states is desired.
  • Knowledge of Mine Action and experience of Humanitarian Mine Action is highly desirable.


  • Fluency in English (writing, speaking and reading) is required.
  • Knowledge of Arabic (writing, speaking and reading) is an asset.

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