Associate Programme Officer

Baghdad, Iraq
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International Public Sector
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Associate Programme Officer

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Application closing date: 20 September 2018

Background Information 

Peace and Security Centre

The UNOPS Peace and Security Centre (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 Centre 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 Centre Director who has the overall authority and accountability for the performance of the Peace and Security Centre on behalf of its clients.

Background – UNMAS

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.

Background – UNMAS Iraq

The UNMAS Iraq programme was formally established in June 2015, at the request of the UN Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Iraq, to lead the UN efforts to mitigate explosive threats in the country, as well as to support the enhancement of national and regional mine action capacities. UNMAS is supporting multiple layers of operations under the UNMAS Iraq Strategic Plan which focusses on three main components: 1. Explosive Hazard Management; 2. Capacity Enhancement, and 3. Risk Education.

In 2017, UNMAS resource mobilized over $70,000,000 in funding and is now seeking additional staff for a short period of time to support implementation..

Functional Responsibilities 

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Officer, the Associate Programme Officer’s responsibilities include:

Programme Management

  • Draft scheduled and ad-hoc reports as per donor agreements, actively support data collection and ensure adherence to donor requirements;
  • In collaboration with the Senior Programme Officer, monitor project implementation against deliverables in donor agreements, if tolerances are exceeded, immediately flag to management;
  • In collaboration with the Senior Programme Officer, monitor compliance to requirements in donor agreements;
  • In collaboration with the Senior Programme Officer, prepare draft budgets and project proposals for new projects and extensions of ongoing projects;

Communications/Knowledge management/Coordination

  • Maintain documentation of decisions and actions taken on programme issues and keep electronic filing up to date;
  • Actively seek opportunities for visibility and communication initiatives in collaboration with the UNMAS Iraq Communications Officer and ensure that activities are appropriately branded with UNMAS or donor branding;
  • Prepare talking points, briefing notes, ad-hoc donor briefs, summary notes and minutes;
  • Assist the UNMAS Iraq management team with logistical and substantive support during donor visits, visits to embassies, presentations, workshops, and visits to/by Mine Action stakeholders both in-country and internationally, when required;
  • Attend coordination meetings and assist on any programme input; support the Mine Action Sub-Cluster Coordinator as needed;
  • Provide programme information to partner agencies, non-governmental organizations and contractors and UN agencies;


  • Provide timely translations from Arabic to English and vice versa, in line with United Nations standards and of various types of documents covering a broad range of topics.
  • Any other duties as requested and tasked by the Senior Programme Officer.


Education and relevant years of experience

  • Advanced University Degree (Masters Degree or equivalent) in business administration, project management, social science or other related field with a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience; or;
  • First level University degree (Bachelors Degree or equivalent) in business administration, project management, social science or other related field with a minimum of 4 years of relevant experience

Work Experience

  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in programme management, project management or business administration
  • Previous experience in donor reporting, managing donor agreements or preparing project proposals is required
  • Experience in humanitarian affairs and experience in mine action highly desired
  • Knowledge of the UN mine action policy and Mine Action Information Management Policy desired
  • Experience working in a multicultural environment is desired
  • Computer literacy is required


  • Fluency in English (speaking, reading and writing) is required
  • Fluency in  Arabic (speaking, reading and writing) is required
  • Knowledge of another UN official language is desired


  • Willingness to travel to Erbil/Baghdad and all areas of Iraq

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement (LICA) Contract level: LICA-9 (ICS-9) Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds, and satisfactory performance.
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