The vision of Norwegian People’s Aid is Solidarity in Action. We are a politically independent membership-based organisation working in Norway and in more than 35 countries around the world. Founded in 1939 as the labour movement’s humanitarian solidarity organisation, NPA aims to improve people’s living conditions and to create societies that are more just and more democratic. NPA’s international work covers three core areas: Mine Action and Disarmament, Democratisation and Just distribution of power and resources and Humanitarian Action and Crises Response.
Norwegian People’s Aid is seeking for 6 Technical Field Managers within High Risk Search for humanitarian clearance operations in Iraq
Wars and armed conflicts come to an end; however, the remnants of war continue to terrorize millions of people for decades to follow. Humanitarian Disarmament’s vision is a world where people and communities are safe, resilient and protected before, during and after armed conflict. Together with national authorities and other stakeholders, we are working to resolve problems faced by local communities caused by landmines and other explosive remnants of war. Currently NPA has more than 22 Humanitarian Disarmament Programmes ongoing in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Balkans and the Middle East.
Do you want to join our professional and committed global team in our mission to protect civilians from exposive weapons?
Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) Mine Action and Disarmament has been present in Iraq since 1995 and currently has three operational clearance projects: in Southern Iraq, based in Basra (operations in Basra, Missan and Muthanna governorates); in Northern Iraq, based in Mosul (operations in Ninewa governorate); in Central Iraq, based in Ramadi (operations in Anbar). The Programme is managed from its Mine Action and Disarmament country office located in Baghdad. NPA Iraq has (or is in the process of establishing) nine Non-technical survey (NTS) teams, two EORE teams, 31 manual Multi-tasking teams (MTT), eight mechanical teams, three mine detection dog teams, and two seconded Quality Management teams responding to the CMR, improvised landmine/IED and other contamination throughout Iraq.
Do you have IED, High Risk Search (HRS) and HMA experience and qualifications and want to join our professional and committed global team?
In this position your main responsibilities will be:
You will be responsible for implementing all aspects of mine action and EOD operations and related tasks in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) as required by the Operations Manager including day-to-day HRS operational activities, manual, semi-remote, and remote IED defeat techniques, and physically conduct the search and clearance of IED contaminated buildings and key infrastructure as directed by the STFM. In addition, the TFM will conduct training and day to day assessment and monitoring of all staff carrying out technical operations to ensure safety and in order to develop a local capacity for efficient and effective humanitarian mine action activities.
To be successful in this role you must have:
- Relevant education or equivalent qualifications
- Proven ability to develop and manage a team in survey and clearance of mines, ERW and/or IEDs.
- Experience in operational planning and proven analytical skills.
- Technical knowledge of mines/EO and clearance techniques, including new developments
- Good knowledge of IMAS and the land release principles in Humanitarian Mine Action
- Good knowledge of and experience with the HMA Toolbox
- Ability to contribute technical knowledge and clearance targets to proposals and reports
- Experience of leading, motivating and managing a diverse team of people
- Experience of conducting formal or informal training and the transfer of appropriate skills to others
- Minimum IMAS EOD L3
- High-Risk Search certification
- Written and verbal proficiency in English
We consider it an advantage if you also have:
- Experience from setting up Mine Action operations
- Experience from setting up a Quality Management Systems
- Experience in Building Search
- Proven experience in drafting technical notes, SOP and training packages is an advantage.
- Experience in rubble removal/ASA recovery a plus.
- Experience with support functions, including logistics, finance and human resources
- Arabic language and recent experience from Iraq is an advantage.
For all positions we are looking for people with the experience and ability to work independently, be proactive and make decisions as required. Good communication skills, cultural understanding, diplomacy and interpersonal skills is a prerequisite for being successful.
Preferred starting date: 01 August/September 2020
In return we offer:
An interesting, challenging work environment and a competitive salary package which includes country specific allowances. You will be covered by our comprehensive insurance scheme. We offer five weeks annual holiday* plus one additional week off for expats and additional R&R package. NPA provides three international flights home per contract year**. We offer a one year contract with the possibility of renewal.
The position is based in the field in the Anbar region and requires extensive travelling between base and area of operations.
Please note that screening and interviews may take place continuously and that we might hire before the application deadline.
In general we emphasize the importance of strong health. One of NPA’s overall objectives is to promote gender equality in our organization, and female candidates are encouraged to apply.
For more information about NPA, please see our website at https://www.npaid.org/Our-Work/Humanitarian-Disarmament or visit us on Facebook or Twitter.
* Terms for annual leave follow the Norwegian Annual Holidays Act
** Terms apply according to NPA’s internal regulations
Please note: Due to the current circumstances, regarding the spreading of the COVID-19 virus, the process and/or the start date can be delayed.
Programme Manager Iraq