Chief of Operations

Handicap International

Paris, France

Ensure the safe and timely implementation of clearance activities according to international and national standards, internal SOPs and in line with HI Project Quality Frame standards.
Support potential expansion of geographical areas and methodology of clearance activities through the assessment of needs and operational options in line with the mission Operational Strategy.
Provide strategic and technical guidance towards non-technical survey and clearance programs.
Ensure sound mentoring of the team under your coordination, in line with HI’s Code of Conduct, rules and regulations and HI project standards.
Responsibility 1: Management:
  • Line-manage the project’s team members as well as organise and lead regular team meetings;
  • Manage the recruitment and selection of new team members;
  • Ensure strict application and respect of the programme’s Internal Regulations by the project team.
  • Lead the assessment of needs and gaps in the mine action sector in support of HI’s mine action strategy;
  • Responsible for the development and update of technical training packages for NTS, TS and clearance activities;
  • Responsible to the development, update and possible amendment and/or approval by the NMAA of the technical guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for land release activities, under the technical supervision of HI’s LR Specialists at HQ;
  • Collaborate with internal HQ LR Specialists in ensuring an effective Quality Management System is fully compliant with HI SOPs;
  • In close collaboration with the Country Manager, participate in external coordination with national and local authorities and other mine action actors.
Implementation and monitoring:
  • Manage the sound, safe and timely implementation of NTS, TS and Clearance activities, under the technical supervision of HI’s LR Specialists in HQ, and the supervision of the Country Manager;
  • Responsible for planning, achievements, and good utilization of resources in accordance with HI procedures and in line with donor regulations;
  • Perform frequent field visits in the intervention sites for technical supervision, on-the-job training, and quality assurance;
  • Define and follow, with each staff under your coordination, an Individual Action Plan (IAP) and the time frame to achieve the desired objectives;
  • Ensure the respect of HI’s Code of Conduct, HI’s Misconduct Reporting Mechanism, HI’s Policy on Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, HI’s Security rules, and other relevant rules and regulations by the members of the team under your coordination;
  • When required, contribute to the design and update of risk education activities, monitoring and support to AVR activity components;
  • Co-lead the assessment of needs, feasibilities, opportunities, and risks of a potential future NTS and Clearance intervention in other areas and in support of the introduction of new innovative methodologies (for instance, use of drones);
Responsibility 4: Representation and reporting:
  • Prepare all relevant reports and documentation in a timely manner, as directed, in line with HI Project Quality framework practices and tools and in conformity with donors’ requirements;
  • Provide timely and detailed data for the project management tools (PM Box, and others);
  • Under supervision of the Country Manager, represent HI in relevant opportunities, including sector coordination and technical working groups if required;
  • Be a role model for diversity and inclusion, as well as a positive role model for contributing to the team spirit of HI;
  • Actively mainstream gender, inclusion, and conflict sensitivity in all mine action activities
  • A Bachelor’s degree and/or a Master’s degree is a strong asset
  • EOD Level 3+
  • IMAS Level 3+ qualification from accredited school or organisation.
  • At least 6 years of professional experience
  • At least 3 years of field professional experience in Humanitarian Mine Action (RE, Non-Technical Survey…)
  • Experience in mechanical clearance is desirable
  • Professional experience in training and coaching field teams on the job is mandatory
  • Professional experience in project management
  • Previous experience in the design and implementation of risk education activities
  • Experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and creation of maps is an asset
  • Previous work experience with HI is an asset.
  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills
  •  Ability to work under high pressure and without constant supervision