Operations Senior Manager

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Job Announcement

Operations Senior Manager

  • Job categories : Project Management, Demining, Programme Management
  • Vacancy code : VA/2021/B5026/21562
  • Level : ICS-11
  • Department/office : Mali Project Unit
  • Duty station : Bamako, Mali
  • Contract type : International ICA
  • Contract level : IICA-3
  • Duration : Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds, and satisfactory performance
  • Application period: 02-Apr-2021 to 26-Apr-2021

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Background Information – PSC

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.

Background Information – Mali Programme

Mali is facing a problem of weapons and explosive hazard contamination because of protracted and recent armed conflicts. The presence of explosive remnants of war (ERW), improvised explosive devices (IED) and insecure stockpiles of weapons and ammunition (obsolete, abandoned or neglected), poses a serious threat to civilians as well as to United Nations and humanitarian personnel operating in the country.

UNMAS deployed to Mali in January 2013 to conduct an emergency assessment of the situation with regard to explosive threats. In July 2013, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was established under Security Council resolution 2100 and is currently operating under Security Council Resolution 2531 (2020). In accordance with these mandates, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has engaged UNOPS PSC to implement a mine action programme in Mali to:

  • Improve the protection of civilians and facilitate humanitarian assistance;
  • Enhance national capacity to mitigate explosive threats and enable compliance with international treaty obligations;
  • Reduce the explosive threat to MINUSMA and United Nations personnel.

Purpose and Scope of Assignment

In line with applicable UN policies and Security Council Mandates, the Operations Senior Manager for the UNMAS Programme in Mali is responsible for the establishment and development of prevention and mitigation procedures for managing the IED threat to UN personnel, property and programmes.  S/he will act as the local focal point between UNMAS/MINUSMA and other key stakeholders under the guidance and direction of the UNMAS Programme Manager. S/he will be responsible for the following functions:

  • Lead and manage all personnel under Operations’ Section.
  • Manage the coordination and delivery of crosscutting Operations’ services to the projects in support of the Country Programme Strategy including through the regular liaison with relevant sections and external stakeholders.
  • Under the direction of the Senior Programme Manager, contribute to the design of the mine action response with technical expertise in line with the Country Programme Strategy.
  • Under the direction of the Senior Programme Manager, represent the Programme with technical expertise as a subject matter expert on explosive threat management including through the elaboration of Statement of Works for the provision of mine action services, the elaboration of training materials, and acting as a Programme representative liaising with UNMAS and UNOPS HQs and other entities when required.
  • Lead the collection, analysis, quality management, and dissemination of available mine/UXO/IED information in collaboration with relevant Programme sections.
  • Contribute to development of strategies, plans, budgets, reports and related documents to facilitate implementation of Programme activities in line with the Country Programme Strategy;
  • Remain knowledgeable of, and ensure Programme compliance with, internationally recognized standards,  SOPs, best practices, and safety standards for relevant mine action activities including Explosive Detection Dogs, Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Improvised Explosive Device disposal, survey, risk education, search and detect, etc…and  provide operational input for  the revision and updating of those documents.
  • Provide input to policy, doctrine and procedures, in accordance with IMAS and relevant NTSGs, for the execution of the annual operations work plan and contractor SOPs and ensure that they are properly implemented;
  • Ensure that mine action service providers funded through the UN work according to contract specifications and or Memorandums of Agreement and maintain good relations with the contractors, NGOs and other Mission leadership and UN agencies in the regions;
  • Any other duties or tasks as identified by the Programme Director or Programme Manager.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

  • Ensure, with the Programme Manager, that the Mission is kept abreast of changes to the IED context, mitigation measures planned or in place, and other key areas relevant for the safety, security and freedom of movement of MINUSMA and the delivery of the mission mandate;
  • Monitor and report, at the strategic technical level, on the delivery of UNMAS counter-IED support to MINUSMA in line with budgeted deliverables;
  • Continually assessing and analysing the operational context for areas of improvement in efficiency, effectiveness and safety within the local C-IED threat.
 Education/Experience/Language requirements

a. Education 

  • Masters Degree or equivalent with a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience; OR
  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent with a minimum of 9 years of relevant experience; OR
  • Relevant Military or Police Experience (at the Senior NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) or Officer level (or equivalent) with a minimum of 13 years of relevant experience.

b. Work Experience

Relevant work experience is defined as experience in management of mine action operations.

  • Within relevant experience 7 years of experience in mine action field operations is required.
  • Within relevant experience 5 years of experience in management of mine action operations is required.
  • Experience in capacity building on the African continent is desired.
  • Experience with UN mine action programmes, policies, and coordination mechanisms is desired.

c. Language

  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of French is desired.

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)
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.
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: International Individual Contractual Agreement
Contract level: IICA 3 (ICS11)
Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

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 Additional Considerations
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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