Somalia: Operations Associate (French Speaking)

This role is based in Jowhar and candidates applying must speak French.

Overview of CTG Global:

CTG support and manage humanitarian projects in fragile and conflict-affected countries around the world. With past performance in 15 countries – from the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and Central and South America – we offer a holistic fabric of project management, implementation and support. Skilled in emergency response to crises such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, we have the ability to act quickly (crisis response teams can be on the ground in 24 hours) and to establish structured operations in high-risk environments. CTG recruit and manage qualified, skilled teams with extensive experience operating in challenging conditions.

Overview of position:

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.
UNMAS as a component of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) provides explosive hazard management capacities, including mitigation, to AMISOM as part of a logistical support package. Non-lethal tactical advice and analysis is delivered by UNMAS technical advisors located in each AMISOM Sector Headquarters and at AMISOM Force Headquarters, who support AMISOM planning and operations. UNMAS support includes both enabling (“operate in spite of IEDs”) and response (“defeat the device”). As a component of the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) UNMAS also supports the Federal Government of Somalia, including the Somali Police Force, Somali Explosive Management Authority and National Security Advisor.

Role objectives:

Our Clients Peace and Security Cluster (PSC) supports and facilitates the work of United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), other UN partners, and Governments in some 18 countries and territories affected by explosive-hazards. The PSC provides specialized project management services to efficiently support UNMAS in delivering essential work on the ground in emergency, post-conflict and peacekeeping environments with the aim of promoting peace and security, protecting civilians and ensuring long lasting human security.

Expected output:

Advisory Role
Support the Operations Officer to provide non-lethal tactical analysis, advice and information regarding explosive hazard threats to better inform mobility planning processes;
Advise on defensive non-lethal combat engineering response and movement planning, and provide recommendations for all mobility operations;
Assist, co-ordinate with the AMISOM Sector Commander and his staff to implement all operational tasking including EOD/IEDD callout response, providing operational and technical planning/advice to the AMISOM Sector Commander within the relevant sector;
Provide assistance with technical advice on route analysis, mapping, current IED threats, possible vulnerable points (choke points, bridges, etc.), historical data, provide information for convoy planning and convoy commanders and support the operations planning for the Mission Enabling Unit (MEU);
Provide assistance to input into AMISOM doctrine and TTPs as it pertains to explosive hazard mitigation;
Support the process between Sector Headquarters (SHQ) and Force Headquarters (FHQ) for information regarding explosive hazards and support collation of information at HQ to provide an overall up-to-date analysis for FHQ on the explosive hazard threat in the sectors;
Provide assistance with mapping and detailed threat analysis, in coordination with UNSOA GIS, for planning purposes; and
Support recommendations to Sector Commanders on appropriate deployment of UNMAS-contracted assets and support centralized command and control of assets available to the Sector Commander.
Contract Management
Oversee the delivery of any contracts with partners/implementers to ensure contractual conformity;
Assist with task orders to partners/contractors to deliver training and mentoring support to AMISOM explosive management operations;
Conduct routine on-site (when security situation permits) quality assurance of all organizations operations as part of the accreditation process;
Conduct a Monitoring and Evaluation review of the partners/contractors quality management process;
Ensure that partners/contractors are conforming to approve Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and conducting safe and effective EOD/IEDD operations;
Ensure a quality management approach is taken to all EOD/IED and explosive management operations performed in the relevant sector; and
Assist with the implementation of a quality management system, ensuring that the system is being applied in a fair and equitable manner and that accreditation and monitoring do not interrupt or delay operations.
Representation, Coordination and Administration
Assist with the role of representative in each sector overseeing all operations in the relevant sector and act as OIC when the Operations Officer is out;
Assist comprehensive administrative management of the respective office;
Provide training and mentoring for staff on relevant topics;
Provide co-ordination support to all operational activities (police support project, humanitarian project, AMISOM support project and WAM project) in the relevant sector;
Assist and support the establishment of an operations room for planning, briefing and de-briefing in the sectors;
Provide weekly and ad hoc reports on operational activities and contextual/political implications on the projects;
Provide input towards internal strategic review processes; provide recommendations to improve the quality of projects;
When requested, fulfil the role of Investigating Officer for Detailed Independent Investigations or Boards of Inquiry for explosive hazard accidents or incidents; and
Other tasks as directed by the Operations Officer.

Project reporting:

This position reports to the Operations Officer.

Key competencies:

Teamwork – Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
Planning & Organization – Ability to manage, organize, plan and implement work assignments, juggle competing demands and work under pressure of frequent and tight deadlines.
Judgment – Demonstrated ability to apply good judgment and decision making skills.
Communications – Strong spoken and written communication skills.
Problem Solving – Strong analytical and problem solving skills and ability to handle a range of management and coordination issues.
Commitment to Continuous Learning – Willingness to keep abreast of new developments.
Professionalism – Professionalism: sound knowledge of, and exposure to, administrative and financial management issues
Communication skills associated with diplomacy, relationship building and representation
Demonstrated capability of rapid decision-making (with little margin of error), under conditions of extreme stress.
High standard of physical fitness; able to live in remote locations with poor access to communications.
Internationally recognized driving license
Knowledge of UN systems and procedures as desirable
Computer literacy, in particular the use of MS Office package.

Team management:

This role does not involve team management.

Further information:

Military Experience at the Officer level or Warrant Officer/Senior NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) within the last 5 years
Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in an advisory and/or training capacity for combat engineer military units
Proven experience in an advisory and/or training capacity for senior management
Proven experience providing information into planning processes for military support
Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) qualifications to an basic level is required
Improvised Explosive Device qualifications operator / assistant within the last 5 years
Proven experience of Quality Management processes is an advantage.

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