Operations Specialist

United Nations Office for Project Services

Mogadishu, Somalia

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) is a division of the Office of Rule of Law and 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 and 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 and unsafe conventional weapons and ammunition stockpiles. As an office within DPKO, UNMAS supports peacekeeping and special political missions in accordance with Security Council mandates. 

UNMAS as a component of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) provides explosive hazard management capacities, including mitigation, to ATMIS as part of a logistical support package. Non-lethal tactical advice and analysis is delivered by UNMAS technical advisors located in each ATMIS Sector Headquarters and at ATMIS Force Headquarters, who support ATMIS planning and operations. UNMAS support includes both enabling (“operate in spite of IEDs”) and response (“defeat the device”). As a component of the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) UNMAS also supports the Federal Government of Somalia, including the Somali Police Force, Somali Explosive Management Authority and National Security Advisor.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience; OR
First Level University Degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent with a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience; OR 
Military or Police Experience at the Senior NCO (Non-commissioned Officer) or Officer level (or equivalent) with a minimum of 11 years of relevant experience is required.

Work Experience:

Relevant experience is defined as experience in International Relations, Peace and Conflict and/or Security Studies, Ammunition and Weapons Management, Project Management or related field. 
Within relevant experience, four years of experience in Ammunition and Weapons Management or Operations is required.
Experience in report writing is required.


  • Certified Ammunition Technical Officer or Ammunition Technician is required


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

Source: https://jobs.unops.org/Pages/ViewVacancy/VADetails.aspx?id=25306#3