The vision of Norwegian People's Aid is Solidarity in Action. We are a politically independent membership-based organisation working in Norway and in more than 35 countries around the world. Founded in 1939 as the labour movement's humanitarian solidarity organisation, NPA aims to improve people's living conditions and to create societies that are more just and more democratic. NPA's international work covers three core areas: Mine Action and Disarmament, Democratisation and Just distribution of power and resources and Humanitarian Action and Crises Response.
Norwegian People's Aid is seeking a Technical Advisor for mine detection dogs for our humanitarian land release operations in Lebanon
Wars and armed conflicts come to an end; however, the remnants of war continue to terrorize millions of people for decades to follow. NPA’s Department for Mine Action and Disarmament's vision is a world where people and communities are safe, resilient and protected before, during and after armed conflict. Together with national authorities and other stakeholders, we are working to resolve problems faced by local communities caused by landmines and other explosive remnants of war. Currently NPA has more than 22 Humanitarian Disarmament Programmes ongoing in Africa, Asia, Latin-America, the Balkans and the Middle East.
Do you want to join our professional and committed global team in our mission to protect civilians from explosive weapons?
Norwegian People's Aid (NPA) Department for Mine Action and Disarmament (DMAD) started its land release operations in Lebanon in 2006. Today, NPA is conducting non-technical and technical survey and clearance operations on cluster munition and landmine tasks in South Lebanon, as well as survey and clearance of Explosive Ordinance, including Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), in the North East. All NPA teams are multi-trained on all methodologies of land release. Starting from 2018, Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs) are an integral part of NPAs technical survey procedure, working mainly on cluster munition remnants in southern parts of the country.
The NPA country office is located in Beirut and the NPA DMAD programme office is located in the South (Tyre), with a field office in the North East. The programme is currently employing over 100 staff and receives funds from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union, the United Kingdom Department for International Development, and the United States Department of State.
In this position your main responsibilities will be:
- To monitor, evaluate and conduct on the job trainings with all staff in the Mine Detection Dog (MDD) survey team;
- To assist and support the Operations Manager in operational planning and development, and ensure an overall safe execution of all NPA MDD activities in Lebanon;
- To ensure the continuous evaluation, development and improvement of all MDD related technical matters in the programme;
- To supervise all training and accreditation processes for MDDs, including handlers and team leaders;
- To liaise and coordinate with all internal and external partners and other relevant stakeholders in the field as necessary and relevant;
- Prepare monitoring reports on operational findings, including lessons learned and documented analysis with specific recommendations for improvement.
To be successful in this role you must have:
- Minimum 5 years of experience working with MDDs;
- Thorough field experience in using MDDs in humanitarian land release operations;
- Documented ability to provide training and competency development of national staff;
- Valid International driving permit.
We are looking for candidates with the experience and ability to work independently, be proactive and make decisions as required. Good communication skills, cultural understanding, diplomacy and interpersonal skills is a prerequisite for being successful in this position.
We consider it an advantage if you also have:
IMAS EOD qualifications; Humanitarian mine action experience from the region; Arabic language skills; Good knowledge and understanding of the Middle East and Lebanon's history and culture.
In return we offer:
An interesting, challenging work environment in a well-developed programme and a competitive salary package which includes country specific allowances. Lebanon is a relatively safe and stable environment which permits free movement. You will be covered by our comprehensive insurance scheme. We offer five weeks annual holiday* plus one additional week off for expats. NPA provides three international flights home per contract year**. We offer a one year contract with the possibility of renewal. Please note that salary and allowances are subject to income tax according to NPA’s Tax Policy.
* Terms for annual leave follow the Norwegian Annual Holidays Act
** Terms apply according to NPA's internal regulations
In general we emphasize the importance of strong health, cross-cultural communication skills, positive attitude, creativity and the ability to work under pressure and difficult conditions. One of NPA's overall objectives is to promote gender equality in our organization, and female candidates are encouraged to apply!
Please note that screening may take place continuously.
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