Operations Advisor - Weapon and Ammunition Management (WAM) Trainer (Retainer)

Application period12-Feb-2020 to 26-Feb-2020

Job categoriesProject Management, Demining

Vacancy codeVA/2020/B5001/19329


Department/officeNYSC, Peace and Security Cluster

Duty stationBukavu (South Kivu), Democratic Republic of the Congo

Contract typeInternational ICA

Contract levelIICA-3

DurationOpen-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds, and satisfactory performance.

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Peace and Security Cluster

The UNOPS Peace and Security Cluster (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.  It is led by the Director, who has overall authority and accountability for the performance PSC on behalf of its clients.  The Director is responsible for administering and providing 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.

United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) DRC

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has suffered nearly two decades of turmoil, particularly in the eastern provinces. The use of landmines was a feature during the conflict and Explosive Remnants of War from the fighting remain a hazard.

UNMAS established a presence in the DRC in 2002 to assist MONUSCO and GoDRC with explosive hazard management activities. In compliance with Security Council Resolutions 2098 (2013), 2463 (2019) and more recently 2502 (2019), UNMAS DRC runs two main projects in the DRC, one in support of MONUSCO and another one in support of the GoDRC and the UN Country Team (UNCT).

In December 2019, SCR 2502 was adopted by the Security Council that called for:

‘Calls for continued national efforts to address the threat posed by the illicit transfer, destabilising accumulation and misuse of small arms and light weapons, including inter alia through ensuring the safe and effective management, storage and security of their stockpiles of weapons and ammunition, with the continued support of MONUSCO, as appropriate and within existing resources’ (OP21)as well as Advise and support the DRC authorities in the disposal of weapons and ammunitions of disarmed Congolese and foreign combatants in compliance with resolution 2424 (2018) as well as applicable international arms control treaties, including the Nairobi Protocol of which the DRC is signatory party and the Kinshasa Convention (OP 29 ii (j))'

UNMAS DRC supports MONUSCO in the achievement of its mandated objectives under the strategic component: (1) Protection of Civilians (PoC) and Human Rights. UNMAS DRC does so through explosive hazard management, including survey, clearance and disposal of explosive hazards, including unsafe ammunition stockpile of FARDC and Congolese national police, assessment and destruction of unserviceable, obsolete or surplus ammunition from Troop/Police Contributing Countries (T/PCCs) and assessment and destruction  of weapons and ammunition surrendered during the disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, reintegration and resettlement process, supporting national efforts to address the threat posed by the uncontrolled proliferation and misuse of SALW in the DRC; provision of awareness sessions to UN personnel; as well as through the provision of technical support and advice on weapons and ammunition stockpile management both to the GoDRC and relevant MONUSCO sections. UNMAS DRC also stands ready to support any other requests from the Mission, wherever possible, for example, the assessment and clearance of Mission premises on closure, prior to returning to civilian use. These activities are in line with the UNMAS Strategic Objective 2 and 4 of the UNMAS Multi-Year Strategic Plan and contributes to UNMAS vision for the DRC: “ a country free from the threat of mines, explosive hazards, and armed violence, where communities live in a safe and secure environment, and where national security institutions and authorities have the capacity to address the residual explosive threat and adequately store and manage their weapons, ammunitions and stockpiles.”

UNMAS Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Project

Under MONUSCO direction, UNMAS aims to develop National capacities to improve the securisation of SALW and ammunition of the National Defense and Security Forces. It is implemented through equipping and training the National Forces and Police for a better physical and processed securisation of armament and ammunition. Under MONUSCO request, SALW project also contributes to the selection and destruction of obsolete arms and ammunition. In the perspective of the potential MONUSCO exit, UNMAS is aimed at improving the National Capacities especially in developing WAM training delivered to the units receiving UNMAS equipping support.

Under the direct supervision of the SALW Project Manager, the WAM Trainer  will be the main operational and technical focal point in relation of training ammunition & weapons management for the programme and his/her responsibilities will include:

  • Development of a work plan incorporating all stages of the training project.

  • Management of training activities and personnel in the area of SALW.

  • Consolidation and provision of data to Information Management System related to training.

  • Management of student, administrative and control training sessions regarding the management of ammunition stockpiles and basic weapons.

  • Conducting quality assurance & quality control checks through all the training and evaluate.

  • Working in close cooperation with all personnel involved in WAM training activities.

  • Provision of relevant information on achievements and challenges to the SALW Project Manager.

  • Enforcement of a complete cursus training up to the level of Weapons and Ammunition Management (WAM) training requested.

  • Plan for and ensure accurate, regular and timely reporting of training issues/activities.

  • Contribute to development of plans, reports and related documents to facilitate implementation of training activities.

  • Provide input to policy, doctrine and procedures, in accordance with international norms (IATG = International Ammunition Technical Guidelines and the Modular Small-arms-control Implementation Compendium (MOSAIC), for the execution of the training.

  • Any other duties or tasks as identified by the SALW Project Manager.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

  • The training work plan is drafted and shared with SALW Project Manager for validation by the end of the first week of every employment period.

  • End of training reports are submitted to SALW Project Manager.




  • An Advanced University Degree (Masters Degree or equivalent) and seven (7) years of relevant experience OR

  • A First Level University Degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) and nine (9 ) years of relevant experience OR

  • A Secondary School Diploma (High School or equivalent) and thirteen (13) years of relevant experience is required.


  • Ammunition Technical Officer (ATO) Qualification (or equivalent) is required.

  • Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Level 2 is required.

  • Safeguard qualification is desired.


  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in international peacekeeping or military operations or other relevant field.

  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in Military Management or Humanitarian Mine Action operations is required.

  • Experience of International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) and Modular Small Arms Control Implementation (MOSAIC) procedures is required.

  • Experience in conducting/facilitating SALW training is required.


  • Fluency in French (writing, speaking, reading) is required.

  • Intermediate knowledge of English (writing, speaking, reading) is required. Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)


  • Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.


  • Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.


  • Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).


  • Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.


  • Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.


  • Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.


  • Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

The is a Retainer position based in Bukavu (South Kivu), DRC a Non-family duty station. 

  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time

  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.

  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.

  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types

  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.

  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post

  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

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.

  1. Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement (IICA)

    2. Contract level: IICA-3/ICS-11

    3. Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.


The screening of your application will be conducted based on the information in your profile. Before applying, we strongly suggest that you review your UNOPS Jobs profile to ensure completeness, especially the education and experience sections.

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