Advisor, International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) Outreach & Training – Switzerland


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The Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) works to reduce the risks to communities resulting from explosive ordnance, with a particular focus on mines, cluster munitions, other explosive remnants of war and stockpiles. of ammunition. The Center contributes to the development and professionalization of the sector for the benefit of its partners: National and local authorities, donors, United Nations, other international and regional organizations, non-governmental organizations, commercial companies and universities. It does this by combining three distinct service lines: field support focused on capacity development and advice, multilateral work focused on norms and standards, and research and development focused on solutions. point. These efforts are facilitated from the GICHD’s location within the Maison de la Paix in Geneva.

Purpose / Summary:

The Standards and Operations Division provides services and technical expertise on standardization, quality management and operational effectiveness in support of national mine action authorities and the broader mine action sector. mine action and human security. In addition to supporting the development of International Mine Action Standards (IMAS), the focus is on: providing technical assistance, training and capacity building, conducting research, production of publications, development of tools and working methods, support for the development, improvement and implementation of mine action strategies and the development and improvement of national standards mine action (NMAS). The Division further seeks to ensure operational efficiency by providing advice, recording and sharing best practices to ensure standardized, safe and efficient survey and clearance operations.

Our division is recruiting a Mine Action Standards Awareness and Training Advisor which will promote the International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) to advance their adoption and application in mine action programs. S/he will collaborate with mine action stakeholders at national and international levels to achieve this goal. The Advisor will facilitate knowledge sharing by developing learning and training materials, organizing trainings, workshops and other activities to promote the use and understanding of the IMAS framework. He/she will work closely with the IMAS Development Advisor and National Mine Action Standards Advisor, particularly in areas related to supporting national mine action authorities transferring IMAS guidelines into improving and updating national mine action standards. S/he will also work closely with other colleagues within Standards and Operations and the GICHD more broadly on their IMAS and other relevant outreach and training activities.

Areas of responsibility

  • Implement, review and monitor the IMAS outreach and training strategy;
  • Conduct a needs analysis for awareness raising, training and development of IMAS standards and propose relevant learning activities;
  • Ensure that new and updated IMAS documents are presented and understood by the sector through awareness raising and learning activities;
  • Review and develop training and awareness materials to promote understanding and compliance with the IMAS framework, including for in-person training and workshops, online events and e-learning platforms;
  • Organize and facilitate IMAS outreach and training activities in person, online and/or via e-learning platforms and/or via written publications as required, in collaboration with other GICHD advisors and consultants;
  • Liaise within the GICHD to conduct, monitor and coordinate IMAS outreach and training activities conducted by the Center;
  • Work closely with the IMAS Development Advisor and the National Mine Action Standards Advisor to ensure that outreach and training is coordinated with IMAS development and NMAS activities;

Additional functions

  • Perform any other duties assigned by the Standards Program Manager;
  • Integrate good practices in gender and diversity; respect and promote gender equality and diversity;
  • Work in accordance with and actively contribute to the GICHD results-based management approach;
  • Support other colleagues by providing feedback when requested;
  • Provide direction, supervision and guidance to junior Program Officers, Program and Project Officers and consultants engaged on assigned projects;
  • Collaborate with other colleagues to promote and implement the GICHD strategy;
  • Collaborate and coordinate with all other sections of the GICHD, including communications, support and administration;
  • Strive for continuous improvement in the planning, implementation and monitoring of work.

Qualifications (technical qualifications or certifications essential to the exercise of the position):

  • Advanced degree or equivalent professional degree in a relevant field of study or field (conflict prevention, peace and security, international relations, relevant military education or qualifications, or any other relevant field).

Specific knowledge, technical skills (essential to fill the position)

  • At least 7 years of experience in mine action, including in-depth knowledge of mine action operations and management with demonstrated operational experience, in different countries/regions.
  • Substantial operational exposure to survey and clearance operations;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and revising national standards or standard operating procedures (SOPs) for mine action programs and operations or other relevant programs;
  • Demonstrated experience in the design and delivery of training courses and capacity building;
  • Ability to organize and facilitate trainings and workshops, in person or online, with different levels of stakeholders;
  • Ability to develop learning materials and training modules independently.
  • Experience and skill in project management, including project planning, budgeting, financial management, monitoring and reporting;
  • Knowledge and experience in applying results-based management systems;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and constructively with a wide range of culturally diverse stakeholders;
  • Proven team player with a service-oriented attitude;
  • Fluency in English with excellent writing skills (including technical writing of case studies, reports and evaluations);
  • Arabic, French and/or Russian are highly desirable.

How to register


If you would like to join our mission and think you have the right profile to take on this role, we look forward to receiving your application.

You are kindly requested to register your application in English on GICHD Application Portal

and include:

– a CV of no more than 3 pages

– a cover letter

– your first date of availability

The GICHD is implementing a Gender and Diversity Policy and is an equal opportunity employer. Applications are encouraged from women and men, nationals of mine-affected countries, and people with disabilities or special needs, who meet the profile requirements above.

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