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Operation Senior Officer ( Associate Small Arms Senior Officer)

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. The Centre is responsible to administer, provide support and 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. It is headed by the Centre Director who has the overall authority and accountability for the performance of the Peace and Security Centre on behalf of its clients.

Background Information – UNMAS

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is the coordinator for Mine Action within theUnited Nations system, located within the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) at the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). It chairs the Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Mine Action (IACG-MA) and is the lead of the Global Protection Cluster (GPC) Mine Action Area of Responsibility (MA AoR). Mine action comprises five areas of work: clearance, risk education, victim assistance, advocacy and stockpile destruction. The United Nations applies mine action expertise to an increasingly wide range of explosive hazards, from unexploded missiles, artillery shells, rockets, grenades and mortars, to unsafe and unsecured weapons and ammunition, improvised explosive devices and cluster bombs. UNMAS leads, coordinates and carries out efforts to mitigate these threats when mandated by the United Nations Security Council or, when requested by the Secretary-General or an affected country, often in response to a humanitarian emergency.


United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) DRC

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has suffered nearly two decades of turmoil, particularly in the eastern provinces. The use of landmines was a feature during the conflict and Explosive Remnants of War from the fighting remain a hazard.

UNMAS established its presence in the DRC in 2002 to provide support to the Peacekeeping Mission (MONUSCO) and to conduct humanitarian mine action. It continues to work with all actors involved in mine action, and weapons and ammunition management and safety issues.


The Operations Senior Officer (Associate Small Arms Senior Officer) work will be undertaken under the direct supervision of the Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Project Manager with guidance from the UNMAS Head of Operations/Head of Project Unit (HPU) and in coordination with the UNMAS Operations.

Under this work component, the Operations Senior Officer (Associate Small Arms Senior Officer) will be specifically responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Weapon and Ammunition Management (WAM) Training: Support in planning the sessions, mobilize the WAM trainer, initiate and follow up on the procurement process and liaise with the National authorities for the venue of the session and the appointment of qualified candidates to monitor the implementation of the training throughout its cycle.
  • Information gathering/sharing: Collect and share information related to the project activities and actions to populate reports and shape the communication on the project’s activities in liaison with the partners and implementers.
  • Other (external partnership, reporting, etc.): Assist in liaising with the partners and beneficiaries, help them identify and shape their needs and the support they want to get from the project. Liaise with the implementers to ensure quality and timely delivery.
  • Support in strengthening the partnership between UNMAS and the provincial CNC-ALPC, with a primary focus on assisting the development and implementation of the provincial version of the NAP.
  • In compliance with international standards (MOSAIC and IATG), assist in the conception and development of support to CNC-ALPC action to improve their support, and hence their control, to the National Forces (FARDC and PNC), in order to reinforce their Weapon and Ammunition Management (WAM) policy.
  • Under Small Arms and Light Weapons project supervision, assist in planning all necessary training, and organize any required Weapons and Ammunition Management training sessions, including the training of trainers.
  • Provide support to the training of MONUSCO personnel on the collection of SALW information at the field level, including through the finalization and roll out of a guide on weapons identification and documentation.
  • Provide input in the development of information-sharing mechanisms or approaches with neighbouring UNMAS programmes, NGOs and partners to improve information sharing.
  • Assist the Project Manager in developing partnerships to enhance cooperation between DRC Security Force, including DRC Border Police Force, for sharing information.
  • Assist in integrating Small Arms and Light Weapons action into the cooperation with other UN entities related to Weapons and Ammunition Management , like DDR and weapon monitoring units.
  • Assist the Project Manager on progress reports and regular donor reports.


a. Education:

  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) with a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience OR
  • A first level university degree (bachelor’s degree or equivalent) with a minimum of 4 years of relevant experience OR
  • A minimum of 8 years of military or police experience may be accepted (see “Experience” below) in lieu of a university degree.

b. Work Experience:

  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in programme or project management in a public or private organization.
  • Experience working with national authorities is required. 
  • Experience working on weapons and ammunition management activities in line with MOSAIC and IATG standards is required.
  • Experience in supporting capacity-building initiatives is required.
  • Experience working in conflict and post-conflict stabilization environments is desired.

c. Language

  • Fluency in French (speaking, writing, and reading) is required.
  • Fluency in English (speaking, writing, and reading) is required

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.


  1. Contract type: international Individual Contractor Agreement
  2. Contract level:  IICA 1 / ICS 9
  3. Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

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  • Please note that UNOPS does not accept unsolicited resumes.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.
  • UNOPS embraces diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity. Our workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures,  languages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. UNOPS seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce.
  • Qualified women and candidates from groups which are underrepresented in the UNOPS workforce are encouraged to apply. These include in particular candidates from racialized and/or indigenous groups, members of minority gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities.
  • We would like to ensure all candidates perform at their best during the assessment process.  If you are shortlisted and require additional assistance to complete any assessment, including reasonable accommodation, please inform our human resources team when you receive an invitation.

Terms and Conditions

  • All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter and UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.
  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential personnel. Recruitment in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.