Operations Specialist – Explosive Ordnance Risk Education (EORE)

Job Overview

Background – UNMAS Iraq


The UNMAS Iraq programme was formally established in June 2015, at the request of 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 supports the Government of Iraq to protect civilians from the threat of explosive ordnance and enables humanitarian, stabilization and reconstruction, and socio-economic efforts. The UNMAS Iraq Programme Strategy focuses on three main components: 1. Technical Support; 2. Explosive Ordnance Risk Education (EORE), and 3. Explosive Hazard Management.  UNMAS Iraq has offices in both Baghdad and Erbil. 


  1. Functional Responsibilities 


The Operations Specialist – EORE will report to the Head of Projects. S/he is expected to support and drive UNMAS Iraq’s nationalisation process for EORE and develop a fully capacitated national EORE team by the end of December 2021.  In addition, in close collaboration with the EORE team, s/he will be responsible for the following assigned duties:


Technical Advisory, Training, and Capacity Enhancement 

  • Provide guidance to the UNMAS Iraq programme on matters related to EORE; 
  • Provide EORE technical support and capacity enhancement opportunities to national mine action staff, implementing partners, contractors and government actors. This may include delivering specific trainings and quality assurance activities;  
  • Support the UNMAS Iraq nationalisation process with the objective of building a fully competent, national EORE capacity for proper oversight of EORE activities within the programme and Iraqi context.


Operational Coordination

  • Direct and implement the strategic direction of EORE in compliance with the Country Programme Strategy of UNMAS Iraq; 
  • Liaise with the Mine Action Sub-Cluster, the national and regional authorities, and other mine action operators to coordinate the EORE response; 
  • Form partnerships and maintain existing relationships with other humanitarian actors and contribute to the stabilisation and humanitarian efforts in Iraq;
  • Receive and redirect questions and requests to UNMAS that result from the sub-cluster and/or UN-related Humanitarian initiatives;
  • Liaise with and coordinate closely with the national and regional authorities on EORE activities and training requests;
  • Represent UNMAS Iraq in technical EORE forums and be the principal focal point for external representation.


Project and Grant Management

  • Oversee the overall execution of EORE grants and contracts in close collaboration with implementing partners/contractors;
  • Provide guidance to the Associate Risk Education Officers on the administration, monitoring and quality assurance of the grants and contracts, if required; 
  • 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; 
  • Develop Call for Proposals and Statement of Works for EORE activities; 
  • Organize donor visits and media events/visits when it pertains to EORE activities and partner work.


Information Management and Reporting

  • Maintain up-to-date statistics on Risk Education achievements and ensure information has been captured by the Government databases; 
  • Provide input to proposals, internal and external reports, and any other programmatic/projects documents as required; 
  • Any other duties as requested and tasked by the Head of Projects.


  1. Competencies 


Strategic Perspective – Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization (for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)

Integrity & InclusionTreats 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. 


Leading Self and Others – 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. 


Partnering – 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) 


Result Orientation – 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. 


Agility – 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 behaviour. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements. 


Solution Focused – 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. 


Effective Communication – 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. 


  1. Education/Experience/Language 


Education and Relevant Years of Experience: 

  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience; or
  • First level University degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) with a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience.



  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in Explosive Ordnance Risk Education or related fields.



  • Fluency in English (reading, writing, speaking) is required 
  • Fluency in Arabic (reading, writing, speaking) is required
  • Fluency in another UN official language is desired


Additional Consideration

Baghdad, Iraq is non-family duty station 


  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 
  • 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. 
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post 
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS. 
  • UNMAS is committed to diversity and inclusion. Applications from women and/or survivors of explosive hazards are strongly encouraged.

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