Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist at the Weapon Contamination Unit

Location:
Geneva, Switzerland
Industry Sector:
NGO
Type of contract:
Contract
Salary:
Competitive

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist at the Weapon Contamination Unit

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What we do

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence. We take action in response to emergencies and at the same time promote respect for international humanitarian law.  We are an independent and neutral organization, and our mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. We work closely with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with their International Federation in order to ensure a concerted, rational and rapid humanitarian response to the needs of the victims of armed conflict or any other situation of internal violence. We direct and coordinate the international activities conducted in these situations.

Role description

The ICRC is regularly faced with challenges related to weapon contamination. Such contamination can be of a conventional or a non-conventional type and include unexploded or abandoned ordnance, landmines, weaponised or industrial toxic agents.

The ICRC undertakes a range of activities to minimize the impact of weapon contamination on affected populations and to ensure a rapid and effective response. Such response could be one or more of the following activities:

  • Information gathering and analyses of weapon contamination,
  • Risk awareness and risk education on conventional and non-conventional (CBRN) weapons hazards, including in urban armed violence contexts,
  • Risk based training to increase resilience for civilians in armed conflict,
  • Non-technical and technical survey activities,
  • Clearance of conventional and non-conventional (CBRN) weapon hazards and;
  • Capacity building of Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies and authorities.

The ICRC WeC services are focused on the following four strategic areas:

  • Assist in managing risks posed by weapon related hazards to own staff and partners as a part of the organisations ‘duty of care’ processes,
  • Assist in maintaining the integrity of the organisation by securing continuation of key operations in situations where weapons or weapons systems pose a risk,
  • Assist in protecting the vulnerable in situations of armed conflict (e.g. risk education, risk management or contribute to a more robust Conduct of Hostilities reporting) and;
  • Support the development of the National Societies of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in their implementation of WeC activities.

 

The WeC Delegate – EOD Specialist works under the administrative authority of the Head of Delegation of the duty station in which the coordinator is based or the WeC Coordinator when applicable.

Desired profile and skills

  • Education: advanced university degree (master degree or equivalent) with a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience with demonstrated capabilities in management, planning and implementation of training/capacity building; or a first level university degree (bachelor degree or equivalent) with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience; or military experience (or relevant police experience) at the senior NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) or officer level (or equivalent) with a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience
  • EOD Level 3 (ref: 15464:2005 CEN Workshop Agreement for EOD Competency Standards for Humanitarian Mine Action – Part 5: Competency for EOD level 3)
  • Instructor qualification (from an internationally recognised institution)
  • Experienced and successful manager
  • Basic training and CBRN reconnaissance level
  • Excellent oral and written English, French Russian and Spanish language skills are an asset
  • Driving licence (must cover manual transmissions – a licence for automatic transmission vehicles only is not sufficient)
  • A demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationships at all levels both internally and externally
  • Strong representation, communication and negotiation skills
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to coordinate multiple activities
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work calmly under pressure
  • Excellent diplomatic skills, including proven experience and capacity to work constructively in teams under considerable pressure

Minimum length of assignment: 1 month

Our operational & field constraints

• In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC does not assign personnel to a country of which they are nationals

• Candidates must be in good health and will have to do a medical check-up prior to departure in the field

• Candidates must possess a driving licence (for manual transmission vehicles)

• Candidates must be prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) for at least the first 6 months up to 24 months

 

• In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC does not assign personnel to a country of which they are nationals

• Candidates must be in good health and will have to do a medical check-up prior to departure in the field

• Candidates must possess a driving licence (for manual transmission vehicles)

• Candidates must be prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) for at least the first 6 months up to  24 months

What we offer

• Rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment

• Opportunities for further in-house training

• Attractive social benefits

• Length of assignment: 12 months
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