Operations Specialist

United Nations Office for Project Services

Juba, South Sudan

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.  It is led by the Director, who has overall authority and accountability for the performance PSC on behalf of its clients.  The Director is responsible for administering and providing 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.

United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) South Sudan

The Mine Action Office in South Sudan is based in Juba and it supports the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) as well as the national demining authorities in coordinating Mine Action activities in South Sudan. 

The program has been coordinating and providing quality assurance (QA) of all humanitarian mine action activities throughout South Sudan since 2004. UNMAS-UNMISS’s current operations focus on hazardous area surveys, landmine and ERW clearance and destruction, route verification and clearance, emergency mitigation measures for improperly stored ammunition, Explosive Ordnance Risk Education for UN personnel, humanitarian partners and vulnerable groups. 

In recent months, UNMAS has been assigned a more central role in UNMISS activities related to the Benchmark #4 of the SCR 2577 (2021) and progress by the South Sudanese defense and security forces on properly managing their existing arms and ammunition stockpiles and related activities, including establishing the necessary planning documents, protocols, and training for the recording, storage, distribution and management of the weapons and ammunition. In addition, UNMISS will continue actively supporting the next phase of the peace process, which is expected to entail Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) initiatives. In this regard, it is critical for UNMAS-UNMISS  to continue maintaining capability to advise and assist UNMISS in any Weapons and Ammunition Management (WAM) activities linked to Security Sector Reform (SSR) and DDR. 

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • An Advanced University Degree (Masters Degree or equivalent) with a minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience OR 
  • A First Level University Degree (Bachelor's Degree or equivalent) with a minimum of seven (7) years of relevant experience OR 
  • Military Experience (or relevant Police Experience) with a minimum of 11 years of relevant experience is required.
  • If an applicant lacks both university qualifications and military experience he/she must have at least 11 years of experience with internationally recognized demining organizations.


  • IMAS EOD Level 3+ is required. 
  • Ammunition Inspector qualification (in line with IATG 01.90, Level 5) or equivalent; or Ammunition Manager qualification or equivalent (in line with IATG 01.90, Level 4) certification is required.
  • Any other relevant certifications will be considered additional quality and suitability for the position.


  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in operations management, Explosive Ordnance threat analysis and tasking, quality assurance and quality control processes in operations settings.
  • Experience in Explosive Ordnance Disposal is required. 
  • Experience in applying International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) is desired.
  • Experience in providing capacity-building is desired.
  • Experience in conducting security analysis and risk assessments is desired.
  • Experience working in DDR and/or SSR settings is desired.
  • Experience in logistical ammunition disposal, application of low-order techniques or advanced protective works in South Sudan or similar context is desired.


  • Fluency in English (reading, writing and speaking) is required. 
  • Knowledge of other UN official languages is desired.