Job Opening

Posting Title: MINE ACTION OFFICER, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Office to the African Union
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 15 April 2019 - 21 April 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Security Institutions-UNOAU-115443-J-Addis Ababa (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Office for the African Union (UNOAU). The Mine Action Officer reports to the Chief of the Operational Planning and Advisory Section (OPAS) of the Institutional and Operational Partnership Service (IOPS) of UNOAU.

The Operational Planning and Advisory Section provides technical and expert support to the African Union Commission in developing its mission operational capabilities to strengthen the African Standby Force and the planning and management of AMISOM and any other current operations; facilitates the planning and implementation of smooth transitions between the African Union and the United Nations; and enhances coherence of the United Nations and African Union policies and procedures on mission operational issues.

This position is available through 15 January 2020.


•The Mine Action officer will support the AU in the development and implementation of the AU Mine Action and Explosive Strategic Framework project.
•Advise AU on the development of Mine Action and Explosive Management policies and strategies;
•Support AU Technical Assessment Missions (TAM) and advise on mission requirements in terms of size, composition and level of expertise of mine action components;
•Advise and assist AU and its T/PCCs in development of specific Maine Action, Weapons and Ammunition management (WAM) and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) mitigation policies and capabilities;
•• Advise on enhancing the connection between the AU and existing national mine action structures in Africa that can be called upon to support future AU deployments;
•Provide guidance to the AU on International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) and WAM guideline;
•Provide advice to the AU regional Mine Action Training Centers on IMAS and accreditation standards and systems;
•Provide guidance on African-specific training capacities that could be leveraged to support AU Mine Action activities;
•Advise on building capacity in the area of mine action information management, and the use of Information Management System for Mine Action;
•When required, monitor and report on the establishment, maintenance and operating of Information Management Systems for Mine Action (IMSMA), in cooperation with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD);
•Advise on landmine and ERW safety for peacekeeping personnel and Mine Risk Education and Victim Assistance aimed at the local population within the mission areas;
•Advise on the inclusion of mine action language in AU mandates, cease-fire and peace agreements mediated by the AU in accordance with DPKO established guidance;
•Advise the AU on promotion of gender mainstreaming in mine action;
•Perform other tasks as required.


Professionalism – Knowledge of the work of intergovernmental bodies, the work of the United Nations and its related bodies concerned with political, economic, social and related matters; Ability to evaluate international political situations in area of assignment; Ability to manage and coordinate many different levels and participants in operations in both the field and UN common system; Broad substantive knowledge of post conflict challenges and peacekeeping operations; Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations; Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Planning& Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time effectively.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
-Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect. Own position.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) . A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree

Work Experience

: A minimum of 7 years of progressive experience in the development of Mine Action and Explosive Management policies and strategies.


French and English are a UN working languages but for this position, fluency in English is required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until [specific date]. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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