Background Information – PSC:
The UNOPS Peace & Security Centre (PSC) is a principal service provider in the field of mine action with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UNDP, UNICEF, Govt's of mine affected countries & other mine action partners. The center is responsible to administer, provide support & oversight of the day to day management of the project field offices, both according to the client requirements & in line with UNOPS rules & regulations. It is headed by the Center Director who has the overall authority & accountability for the performance of the PSC on behalf of its clients.
Background - UNMAS:
United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is a division of the Office of Rule of Law & 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 & 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 & unsafe conventional weapons & ammunition stockpiles. As an office within DPKO, UNMAS supports peacekeeping & special political missions in accordance with Security Council mandates.
Background – UNMAS Iraq:
The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) was established in 1997, by the General Assembly & as per the UN Policy on Mine Action & Effective Coordination (A/53/496, 1998) is the established coordinator of mine action within the United Nations system. UNMAS supports the UN's vision of "a world free of the threat of landmines & unexploded ordnance, where individuals & communities live in a safe environment conducive to development & where mine survivors are fully integrated into their societies."
UNMAS is a unit within the Office of Rule of Law & Security Institutions (OROLSI) within the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). UNMAS main headquarters is in the UN Secretariat, New York with a sub office in Geneva. UNMAS provides direct support & assistance in the areas of Explosive Hazard (EH) mitigation to 18 countries/territories/missions, has a standby rapid response capacity & Global Technical Advisers in the field of Improvised Explosive Devices & (IED) Weapons & Ammunition Management (WAM).
The UNMAS Iraq program was formally established in June 2015, at the request of the UN Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) & 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 & regional mine action capacities. UNMAS is supporting multiple layers of operations under the UNMAS Iraq Strategic Plan which focuses on three main components:
- Explosive Hazard Management.
- Capacity Enhancement.
- Risk Education.
UNMAS Iraq is committed to gender mainstreaming throughout all its processes and projects, in accordance with UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and under the present and forthcoming Gender in Mine Action Guidelines.
The post of ‘Explosive Hazard Management Team Lead’ will support the delivery of the overall objectives of UNMAS Explosive Hazard Management (EHM) component.