Risk Education Specialist

UNOPS, Beirut, Lebanon

Skill Required:, Education ManagementProject Management
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
14th 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. The Syrian crisis has led to the mass displacement of millions of Syrians with over 5.5 million refugees now supported by the neighboring countries of Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt. The conditions for the safe return of refugees have not yet been met, however some civilians are voluntarily returning. The presence of explosive hazard within Syria is a major protection concern for the safety of those refugees considering moving back to Syria.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Returnees Preparedness Project Manager, your duties and responsibilities will be to:

  • Review existing Risk Education (RE) materials and provide technical advice and analysis for the development of further RE materials suitable for returnees in the five 3RP (Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan) country contexts
  • Develop RE training package to be delivered to Humanitarian Workers, including UNHCR councilors so they may deliver RE messaging to voluntary returnees
  • Develop training plan and conduct Risk Education training to UNHCR and other key stakeholders
  • Provide technical advice and support on the issue of risk education to key stakeholders in the region
  • Support development of governorate level explosive hazard profiles to further aid tailoring of RE messaging
  • Develop plans and guidance for the integration of RA and RE within the wider Response
  • Conduct a mapping of existing RE activities and materials and identify gaps and opportunities in the 3RP countries
  • Ensure consistency of RE messaging with all other relevant humanitarian hubs responding to the humanitarian needs of Syrians, through the Mine Action Area of Responsibility
  • Develop new initiatives relevant to RE, including design of materials in cooperation with partners.
  • Develop work plan for RE activities
  • Provide relevant inputs for donor reports
  • Monitor and evaluate risk education activities conducted by implementing partners
  • Perform any other duties as required by the supervisor

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education and Relevant Years of Experience:

  • Advanced university degree (Master degree or equivalent) in education, social work, risk management, communication, project management, or other relevant field with five years of relevant experience; OR
  • First level university degree (Bachelor degree or equivalent) education, social work, risk management, communication, project management, or other relevant field with seven years of relevant experience

Work Experience:

  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in curriculum development and training delivery
  • Two years of experience in risk education related to explosive hazards is required

Languages: Fluency in English (read, speak, and write) is required


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