“UNOPS plays a critical role in providing management services for ourlife-saving, peace building, humanitarian and development operations. I have seen many examples of how these activities help suffering people in troubled parts of the world.”
-Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General
UNOPS mission is to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement peace building, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need.
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, UNOPS vision is to always satisfy partners with management services that meet world-class standards of quality, speed and cost effectiveness.
By assisting UN organizations, international financial institutions,governments and other development partners, UNOPS makes significant, tangible contributions to results on the ground.
UNOPS employs more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of its partners creates thousands more work opportunities in local communities. With its headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, a network of five regional offices and a further 20 operations and project centres, UNOPS oversees activities in more than 80 countries.
UNOPS is committed to achieving a truly diverse workforce.
The UNOPS Mine Action Cluster (MAC) within the Global Partner Services Office (GPSO) is a principal service provider in the field of mine action with the United Nations, Governments of mine-affected countries and other mine action partners. The UNOPS Mine Action Cluster was established in 1997. Based in New York, it has helped partners to significantly improve the lives of people in more than 30 countries across the world. The UNOPS Mine Action Cluster supports Mine Action efforts in both emergency and post conflict settings. It delivers fast procurement, recruitment and management services to facilitate humanitarian aid and launch emergency mine clearance. The 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 Cluster Chief who has the overall authorityand accountability for the performance of the Mine Action Cluster on behalf of its clients.
The Programme Manager is responsible for
the day to day management of the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) funded
activities within the Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan (MAPA). The
Programme Manager provides services to donors, and the partners and
beneficiaries of the MAPA.
The Programme Manager provides leadership
on policy, technical matters, institutional development and capacity
development, as determined by the UN Mine Action Strategy.
This position represents the UN and more
broadly MAPA, and is the focal point for the promotion of mine action in Afghanistan
nationally and internationally.
Funding opportunities within Afghanistan are optimized through an active strategy to pursue opportunities, supported by a timely recognition of current and past donor contributions.
Management, Delivery and Performance of UNMAS funded activities
Development and Advocacy
Impact of Results
Leadership: Proven supervisory ability and/or technical leadership. Ability
to maintain effective working relations both as a team and team leader.
Teamwork Skills: Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain
effective partnerships and working relations with people in a multi-cultural,
multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
Organizing and Quality Orientation: Ability to manage, organize, plan and implement work assignments,
juggle competing demands and work under pressure of frequent and tight
Communications: Strong spoken and
written communication skills.
Decision Making: Demonstrated ability to apply good judgment and decision making
Creativity and Innovation: Strong analytical and problem solving skills and ability to
handle a range of management and coordination issues.
Ability to Learn: Willingness to keep abreast of new
Lives and breathes UNOPS values: Takes
ownership for all responsibilities and honours commitments.
to others: As the project is representative of the
United Nations it should be firmly rooted in the principle of service to
others. This should be considered carefully in the development of project plans.
for results and use of resources: the project
management processes are designed to deliver maximum accountability,
transparency and results. If a project or processes is not in line with this,
it is the responsibility of the PM to raise the issue to a supervisor.
respect national ownership and capacity:
Understand the principles of the Paris Declaration on aid effectiveness, look
for ways to mainstream them into project plans, look for ways to build capacity
of local counterparts
PRINCE2 Foundation Certification or other equivalent Project Management qualification – Mandatory.
PRINCE2 Practitioners Certification or other equivalent level Project Management qualification – Preferred
Experience: A minimum of 10 years of progressive experience in project development and management operating in post conflict environments, with a focus on monitoring, reporting and coordination in either public or private sector organizations, along with proven success in national capacity development, are required for this position.
Experience in mine action is not a requirement but will be considered an advantage.
Language Requirements: Fluency in written and spoken English is a requirement. Understanding of Pashtuand/or Dari will be considered an asset.
It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.