Somalia: Operations Assistant – Dhobley (Amharic Speaking Candidates Only)

This role is based in Dhobley and candidates applying need to speak Amharic fluently.

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.

Role objectives:

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 IED’s”) 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 Adviser.
The 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:

Under the supervision of Operations Officer, the Operations Assistant will perform the following tasks:
Contract Management.
Review of contractor’s monthly reports to confirm accuracy.
Reviewing Contractors weekly reports for accuracy.
Conduct reviews of UNMAS owned equipment on loan.
Draft office weekly reports for the review of the Project Manager.

Project reporting:

This role 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.
First Level University Degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) with 1 year’s relevant experience or secondary school certificate with 5 years of experience.
Experience in administrative procedures.
Experience in filing systems.
Computer literate (MS Office).
Fluent in English (oral and written) other languages based on location an advantage.
Ability to work in a gender-equal and multi-cultural environment.

Team management:

This role does not have any team management responsibility.

Further information:

The Operations Assistant role requires candidates to speak English and Amharic fluently.

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