Job Title: Advisor, Land release and Operational Efficiency in Mine Action
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Employer: Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining
Job Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Closing Date: 30/11/2016
Job Description:




Advisor, Land release and Operational Efficiency in Mine Action


Geneva, Switzerland

Closing date for applications

30th November 2016

Start date & duration

As soon as possible.

This is a staff position on a long-term basis.



The GICHD Risk Management division works to increase the operational efficiency and effectiveness of mine action. We provide advice and share good practice to help ensure safe, fast and targeted release of land and waters. We focus on strengthening national capacities to enable greater ownership of operations and to confront long-term residual contamination, in line with national and global strategic priorities. Our training portfolio includes:

  • Land release: non-technical and technical survey, detection and clearance methods and tools
  • Stockpile destruction, explosive ordnance disposal and ammunition safety management
  • Contracting, insurance and liability
  • Civil-military liaison 

Reporting to the Head of division and as a member of the land release and operational efficiency team, the Advisor oversees non-technical survey, technical survey and clearance methods for manual, mechanical and animal detection systems (ADS) as well as survey and clearance technology matters. As a member of a multi-disciplinary team of specialists within various fields of clearance and survey, s/he also provides broader mine action expertise, develops training courses, carries out mine action evaluations and participates in broader projects, discussions and conferences.


The GICHD has an opportunity for an experienced mine action programme manager to join its Risk Management division. The Advisor, Land Release and Operational Efficiency will design, plan and implement or supervise the GICHD’s training and advisory services, support and research activities that foster operational efficiency in mine action programmes. In addition, as a member of a multi-disciplinary team s/he will provide broader mine action expertise within the GICHD, carry out mine action evaluations and participate in broader programmes, fora and conferences. Her/his key responsibilities include:

  • Plan and manage an outreach programme involving the development of country-adapted survey and clearance solutions to increase operational efficiency
  • Plan and implement research to improve decision-making in non-technical, technical survey and clearance
  • Draft publications on operational efficiency and broader mine action topics and disseminate reports from research
  • Review Quality Management in survey and clearance approaches, both at a micro and macro scale
  • Develop training packages in relation to land release and operational efficiency in coordination with other Risk Management team members
  • Implement work plans that reinforce the objectives of the international conventions (APMBC, CCW, CCM)
  • Revise Standards and Guidelines
  • Manage projects finances, consultants, narrative and financial reporting to donors
  • Maintain and strengthen partnerships with United Nations agencies, operators and national authorities to facilitate outreach activities
  • Coordinate with other divisions, particularly with the Standards and Strategies and the Information Management divisions, in order to deliver comprehensive and integrated services to partner countries.

All the Advisor positions are based in Geneva. These positions have a global scope, with regular travel to the focus countries. The Advisors also assist other projects as appropriate and work in close collaboration with other Advisors in the Risk Management, Information Management and Strategies & Standards divisions, who specialise in residual contamination, national standards and strategies and information management, and with our partner organisation Gender and Mine Action Programme on gender and diversity related topics. They are also expected to represent GICHD in international events; provide general or technical presentations to partners and diplomatic representatives; and play an active role in the organisation’s strategic management and in the reporting to GICHD’s governance and donor institutions. 

Profile requirements

Essential requirements

  • Five to ten years of progressively responsible experience in the nexus of mine action, human security, post-conflict recovery and development, including at least 4 years in mine action operations and programme management in several countries/regions
  • Substantial operational exposure in activities of survey and clearance across the mine action toolbox, including mechanical and animal detections systems
  • Experience in the development and delivery of training courses or in capacity development of local counterparts
  • Applied competence in project management, including budget, financial monitoring and reporting
  • Knowledge of Information Management Systems, including IMSMA
  • Capacity and interest to review and develop new/improved approaches to survey and clearance and to challenge accepted methods
  • Ability to research and write for non-technical publications, guides and reports
  • Ability to communicate clearly and constructively with a wide range of stakeholders from diverse social, cultural, economic and educational backgrounds
  • Commitment to the continuous improvement of individual and organisation-wide results
  • Proven team-player with service-minded attitude
  • Understanding and experience in mainstreaming gender and diversity topics throughout programmes and services.
  • Fluent in English, verbal and written

Desirable requirements

  • Knowledge of, and experience in, the application of Quality Management Systems and Results Based Management is highly desirable
  • A post-graduate degree or equivalent diploma in a relevant subject of study
  • Working knowledge of French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese or another language practiced in mine-ERW affected countries would be welcomed


Your application must be presented in English and include a CV of maximum 5 pages, a letter of motivation, your earliest date of availability and any other additional material you wish to present in support of your candidacy.

The GICHD implements a Gender and Diversity policy and is an equal opportunities employer. Applications are encouraged from women, nationals of mine-affected countries and individuals with a disability or special needs, who meet the above profile requirements. 

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