Background – UNMAS
Established in 1997, UNMAS leads, coordinates and implements mine action under United Nations legislative mandates of both the General Assembly and the Security Council, which include explicit references to remnant IEDs. UNMAS supports the UN's vision of "a world free of the threat of landmines and unexploded ordnance, where individuals and communities live in a safe environment conducive to development, and where mine survivors are fully integrated into their societies."
UNMAS is a unit within the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) within the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). UNMAS operates under UN legislative mandates of both the General Assembly and the Security Council, or at the request of the UN Secretary-General or his designated official. When instructed by the Security Council or called upon by Member States, UNMAS deploys under humanitarian, peace and security mandates. UNMAS main headquarters is in the UN Secretariat, New York with a sub-office in Geneva. UNMAS provides direct support and assistance in the areas of explosive hazard threat mitigation to 18 countries/territories/missions, has a standby rapid response capacity and global technical advisors in the field of IEDs and Weapons and Ammunition Management. 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 focuses on three main components:
1. Explosive Hazard Management
2. Capacity Enhancement
3. Risk Education
UNMAS Iraq has offices in both Baghdad and Erbil.
Under the direct supervision of the EHM Project Manager, the Information Management Officer (IMO) will be responsible for achieving the following:
Ensure development of an updated programme Mine Action Database (MARS), GIS database and archives;
Ensure all operational data are technically correct and fully distributed to implementers and partners;
Ensure the successful implementation of the standard working procedures for IT and information management to include the development of processes, guidelines and manuals;
Ensure capacity building of programme IM personnel to administrate the Programme Mine Action Database, assess and identify requirements for further capacity building;
Provide technical input to information exchange methodology;
Ensure timely and accurate support to Programme, stakeholders and implementing partners using IM assets available.
The IMO, under supervision of the EHM Project Manager, will have the following responsibilities:
Develop and facilitate a Mine Action Database that ensures service delivery driven by the Concept of Operations and strategic priorities;
Develop and facilitate the foundation and maintenance of IM mechanisms to support Programme, Projects (operations), eliminate duplication of service delivery, and provides a centralized information management system structure to enhance programme delivery;
Support EHM Project Manager in oversight of IM Contractor’s personnel, coordinate IM Team tasks and ensure timelines are met;
Act as the Information Management point of contact to the Directorate of Mine Action, linking to DMA Liaison Officer and UNMAS Iraq Projects.
2. Information management and reporting
Ensure the maintenance, servicing and development of the Mine Action Database and Tool & GIS database, and associated reporting mechanisms and tools;
Ensure the verification and recording of all field data from implementing partners into the UNMAS Iraq MA database;
Within the IM Team, and in consultation with the operations team, ensure quality assurance checks on reported data before, during and after data entry;
Oversee the preparation and printing of informative maps with mine action and other available data.
Produce statistics, maps, charts, presentations and reports as required by Operations and Programme departments;
3. Capacity development
Develop the internal UNMAS IM capability by way of professional capacity buidling, assessing training requirements and providing internal mentoring, or requesting external training for IM personnel
Education and Minimum Years of Experience:
Advanced university degree (master or equivalent) in Geographic Information Management, Information Technology, Computer Science, Statistics or any other related field with a minimum of 5 years relevant experience,
First level university degree (bachelor or equivalent) in Geographic Information Management, Information Technology, Computer Science, Statistics or any other related field with a minimum of 7 years relevant experience.
Relevant experience is defined as experience in Geographic Information Management and Systems
Experience in the use of MS-Access, MS SQL Server and Office suite is required
Using IMSMA Mg in the field operational level is desired
Experience of data QA/QC processes for information management is desired
Fluency in English (reading, writing, speaking) is required
Fluency in another UN official language is desired