Mali is facing a problem of weapons and explosive hazard contamination, as a result of protracted and recent armed conflicts. The presence of explosive remnants of war (ERW), improvised explosive devices (IED) and insecure stockpiles of weapons and ammunition (obsolete, abandoned or neglected), poses a serious threat to civilians as well as to United Nations and humanitarian personnel operating in the country.
UNMAS deployed to Mali in January 2013 to conduct an emergency assessment of the situation with regard to explosive threats. In July 2013, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was established under Security Council resolution 2100 and is currently operating under Security Council resolution 2423 (2018). In accordance with these mandates, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has engaged UNOPS PSC to implement a mine action programme in Mali to:
- Improve the protection of civilians and facilitate humanitarian assistance;
- Enhance national capacity to mitigate explosive threats and enable compliance with international treaty obligations;
- Reduce the explosive threat to MINUSMA and United Nations personnel.
Reporting to the Project Manager Humanitarian Mine Action and Protection of Civilians, the incumbent is responsible for implementing the following duties and responsibilities as follows:
- Identify the existing Victim Assistance capabilities and gaps regarding the services provided to victims in Mali, including but not limited to: identification and referral, medical care including first aid capacity in the affected communities, rehabilitation, psychological and psycho-social support, education, social inclusion, and economic inclusion;
- Review the past and present VA projects of UNMAS and provide lessons learned and recommendations for further VA initiatives
- Identify VA needs for the Mine Action Working Group based on the data received from partners and propose monthly analysis to identify trends and priorities;
- Analyse existing data collection systems on victims/Injured people and propose steps forward to develop consolidated data collection system on victims;
- With the support of the UNMAS Mali Protection of Civilians in Mine Action and Programme units, devise a programme strategic action plan for increased support and inclusion of explosive hazard victims and other persons with disabilities within the wider humanitarian response.
- Produce key recommendations for short, medium term VA programming process
- Build an advocacy plan with the mine action stakeholders towards integrating victim assistance into national strategies an plans;
- Establish a coordination mechanism with relevant national and international stakeholders
- Provide relevant information and inputs for reports, public information content, and all other UNMAS documentation concerning VA in Mali;
- Assist in the development of new VA initiatives and projects in line with the identified needs and lessons learned and support their integration within wider programming;
- Provide coordination and capacity development support, including trainings, for UNMAS, UN humanitarian partners, implementing partners, and other humanitarian NGOs with regards to the technical, monitoring, and reporting skills needed for VA initiatives;
- And, any other duties as requested by the Programme Management.
In addition to the functional responsibilities above:
- Development of a situation analysis on VA, including evaluation of past and current VA initiatives, identified needs and gaps, coordination mechanisms and key stakeholders
- Development of a strategic action plan to strengthen and expand VA services as well as to ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the wider humanitarian response, in Mali
- Development of an advocacy plan to ensure the integration and inclusion of VA in national strategies and plans
- Development of tools for UNMAS Mali to better assess/monitor VA proposals and projects, report and communicate on VA.
a. Education (Level and area of required and/or preferred education)
- Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in relevant subject matter such as International Relations, Education, Social Work, Social Sciences, Health and/or equivalent with 7 years of relevant experience.
- First level University degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) in relevant subject matter such as International Relations, Education, Social Work, Social Sciences, Health and/or equivalent with 9 years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of Advanced University Degree.
b. Work Experience
- Relevant experience is defined as experience in implementing projects or programmes in the area of social/humanitarian work and health.
- Experience in humanitarian mine action activities or relevant health services is desirable;
- Experience of working in hardship locations, especially in Africa, is desirable.
- Fluent in English and French (read, write and speak) is required.
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