Risk Education Associate

UNOPS, Damascus, Syria

Skill Required:, Education ManagementProject Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
8th May, 2019

Job Description

Background Information - PSC:

Peace and Security Cluster:

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. The Head of Cluster is responsible to administer, provide support and 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. It is headed by the Head of Cluster who has the overall authority and accountability for the performance of the Peace and Security Cluster on behalf of its clients.

Background Information - Job-specific:

UNMAS Syria Response:

Operating under the mandate of Security Council resolution 2165 (renewed in 2017 with SCR 2393) allowing cross-border assistance in Syria, UNMAS deployed the Syria Response programme at the request of the Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator in August 2015 and subsequently activated the Mine Action Sub Cluster under the Protection Cluster to address the impact of explosive hazards within Syria. UNMAS is the lead agency for the Mine Action Sub Cluster for the Syria Response, working in support of the mine action response within Syria.

UNMAS provides leadership for the humanitarian mine action sector, working to reach affected civilian populations through the expansion and provision of humanitarian mine action services inside Syria, strengthening participatory approaches to programming, and mainstreaming mine action into wider humanitarian activities.

In Syria, 8.2 million people live in communities reporting explosive hazard contamination; men, women, and children, are exposed to the threat of debilitating injuries and death on a daily basis. According to the 2018 HNO, 2.9 million people inside Syria live with a permanent disability and there are 30,000 new conflict-related trauma cases per month leading to thousands of permanent disabilities requiring long-term and multi-dimensional support. Protracted conflict has eroded and overburdened the health system in Syria, so that large gaps remain in the provision of post-operative rehabilitation care. The conflict in Syria has been characterized by the extensive use of explosive weapons. Between January 2015 and May 2018, an average of 165 explosive hazard incidents were reported per day across the country.

Functional Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Risk Awareness Project Manager, your duties and responsibilities will be to:

  • Assist in planning and design of Risk Education (RE) activities including public risk awareness campaigns, and community-based RE.
  • Assist in selection and training of RE facilitators who will deliver risk education sessions in communities.
  • Assist in developing a training kit including materials for the use of RE facilitators during RE sessions.
  • Assist in liaising with concerned partners and authorities in what relates to RE plans.
  • Participate in provision of Explosive Hazard Risk Awareness (RA) guidance and training to humanitarian personnel.
  • Participate in mapping of existing RE capacity and activities and materials, and identifying gaps and opportunities.
  • Assist in developing new initiatives relevant to RE, including design of materials in cooperation with partners.
  • Assist in the evaluation of RA and RE tools and methodologies.
  • Receive and analyze activity reports from implementing partners, and maintain records of data and progress of work, and produce reports as required.
  • Keep an inventory about RE materials.
  • Participate in Monitoring and Evaluation of risk education activities conducted by implementing partners, including field visits to targeted areas.
  • Assist in interpretation and translation when necessary.

Education/Experience/Language requirements:


  • Secondary school (high school or equivalent) with a minimum of six years relevant experience OR;
  • A First-level University degree (Bachelor degree or equivalent) in education, social work, communication, risk management, project management, or other related fields with two years relevant experience is required.


  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in community-based education, public communication, training development, or capacity building.
  • Two years of experience in risk education is required.


  • Fluency in English (write, speak, and read) is required.
  • Fluency in Arabic (write, speak, and read) is required.


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