Profession: WEC (Weapon and Contamination) delegates
01-06-2012 Job Opportunity Ref. fd-wec-delegate
Working in emergencies the ICRC is regularly operating in areas contaminated by unexploded or abandoned munitions and mines particularly in contexts of ongoing or recent post conflict. The ICRC – owing to its wide acceptance in the field, its neutrality and its independence – can access areas that are off-limits to other organizations. The ICRC undertakes EOD/clearance, data gathering, risk education, victim assistance and risk reduction activities in support of weapon contamination affected communities.
The ICRC has undertaken clearance and/or assessment activities in Libya, Cote D’Ivoire, southern Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon and Chad. Programme content will vary depending on context, and may include EOD or clearance activities , battle area clearance, stockpile management, small arms & light weapon (SALW) programming, technical survey or training and mentoring of national mine clearance entities.
The ICRC is recruiting mine action specialists to manage programmes, undertake EOD operations, training and mentoring, survey, information management, risk education, socio economic programmes to reduce the impact of weapon contamination on communities, and a variety of similar activities
Depending on the context you will be expected to :
- develop a thorough understanding of the weapon contamination situation and provide ICRC management with technical threat assessments of the likely impact of weapon contamination on staff and civilians in affected areas.
- Undertake all aspects of clearance operations including survey, data gathering and management, prioritization, site management and demining/EOD clearance efficiency and effectiveness.
- Ensure clearance activities facilitate and complement other aspects of ICRC emergency programming such as relief distributions, water provision, and dead body management.
- Provide training, mentoring, orientation and support to national mine action structures.
- Contribute to ICRC reports to authorities by providing forensic post strike assessments of specific locations.
- Develop good working relationships with relief and development organisations, UN agencies and local government representatives to maximising the impact of the ICRC’s work and identifying high priority areas for clearance.
- Creatively overcome problems presented by operating in a conflict or post conflict environment
- prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (no family posting) during the first 24 months of collaboration
Depending on context and programme requirements you should have all or some of the below skills :
- A relevant and recognised EOD/demining qualification and/ or experience
- At least five years experience of working in humanitarian mine clearance/EOD/SALW operations in conflict/ post conflict environments
- Technical knowledge to administrator level of IMSMA database management and data entry/manipulation
- Substantial experience developing and implementing risk education programmes
- Substantial experience developing and implementing victim assistance and socio economic programming in support of affected communities
- Technical knowledge of mines/SALW/unexploded ordnance and mine clearance techniques, including new techniques and practises
- Substantial experience of managing field operations, team management in difficult and challenging operating conditions
- The ability to develop, review and comply with security and technical Standard Operating Procedures
- Proven capacity to train, mentor and conduct formal or informal training and the transfer of appropriate skills to others
- The ability to contribute technical knowledge to proposals and reports
- Good literacy, numeracy and IT skills
- Excellent analysis and problem solving skills
- Excellent training and interpersonal skills
- Strong interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work within and lead a team
- 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
- Innovative, creative and proactive with an analytical and solution focused approach to work
- The ability to exercise sound judgement and make decisions with limited supervision
- 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
- Excellent oral and written English. In some contexts French, Spanish Arabic or other languages may be required
- Driving licence (must cover manual transmissions – a licence for automatic transmission vehicles only is not sufficient)
Minimum length of assignment: 2 - 12 months