EOD/IEDD Technical Advisor (TA) – DCA Syria Program – Syrian Arab Republic


EOD/IEDD Technical Advisor (TA) – DCA Syria Program

DanChurchAid (DCA) is inviting applications for an Experienced EOD/IEDD 3+ (Advanced) Technical Advisor for its Syria Program. This is a non-family position based in Northeast Syria (NES), with an entry point and frequent travel to Iraq.

The DCA Syria program is a growing program with an 8-year footprint in NES. Activities are wide-ranging and include explosive ordnance risk education (EORE), survey, explosive hazard elimination, cash transfers, vocational training, shelter rehabilitation, distribution non-food items, psychosocial support and stabilization.

The primary responsibility of the EOD/IEDD Technical Advisor is to conduct explosion hazard abatement activities; train, manage, mentor and build the capacity of national staff in the areas of explosive hazard search, assist in the training and mentorship of Community Liaison (CL) Teams specifically in the area of ​​Non-Technical Investigations (NTS) in Syria. You will work in a potentially hostile and difficult environment, where it is necessary to demonstrate a calm, positive and motivated attitude. Conditions such as these require a cool head, attention to detail and an understanding of the INGO humanitarian context. The EOD/IEDD Technical Advisor for the DCA Syria program will report directly to the HMA Operations Manager (OM).

The main tasks related to this position are:

Main responsibilities:

  • Perform Explosion Hazard (EH) Elimination in Hazardous Areas per DCA SOPs.
  • Supervise DCA teams as they conduct systematic search, EH, non-technical/technical investigation and BAC, as appropriate, as directed by the task.
  • Conduct explosion hazard abatement activities as required, including procedures for securing and eliminating any explosion hazards found in accordance with IMAS and DCA SOPs.
  • Prepare Task Implementation Plans (TIPs) for clearance tasks, including threat assessment conducted with input from CL teams and other relevant HMA personnel.
  • Train, mentor and build the capacity of national staff in all areas related to search, mine clearance, improvised explosive device disposal (IEDD), NTS/TS and BAC.
  • Supervise, manage and mentor search/clearance teams.
  • Train, mentor and supervise local national IEDD operator assistants.
  • Work in close collaboration and coordination with the DCA teams and local partners NTS & EORE.
  • Operate in accordance with DCA SOPs; assist the OM in revisions of SOPs and in the development, implementation and adaptation of new SOPs and new technologies.
  • Provide technical oversight of the field operations of the component for which you are responsible, including training, safety and security, day-to-day operational planning and implementation, and the direction and discipline of operational and administrative staff employed locally under your control.
  • Conduct QA/QC of program investigation, training and authorization activities and provide constructive feedback and recommendations to teams, other SAs and TAs and OM.
  • Organize training and mentoring of CL teams in suspected hazard areas in accordance with SOPs and DCA training plans.
  • Perform IED threat analysis and trend monitoring as required.
  • Prepare and submit all relevant reports, data and documents in a timely manner, using relevant forms, including IMSMA forms where applicable.
  • Work closely and in coordination with the GIS coordinator and the HMA trainer and medical coordinator.
  • Stay informed and up to date with new techniques, manuals and devices related to humanitarian mine action.
  • If appointed by the MO, participate in an accident/incident investigation committee.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Provide operational input to proposals and reports, and ensure that all technical reports are completed in a timely manner and to a high standard.
  • Represent DCA in relevant coordination bodies in Syria as required by OM.
  • Coordinate closely with the NES Mine Action Office and other mine action actors to ensure DCA mine clearance activities and response are coordinated and timely as required by the Om.
  • Contribute to the culture of excellence, continuous improvement and performance optimization in all projects.
  • Work in accordance with DCA’s humanitarian values ​​and principles.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with other program members.
  • Be a role model for diversity and inclusion, as well as a positive role model for contributing to team spirit.
  • Actively support gender mainstreaming in all mine action activities.

The successful candidate has the following qualifications and experience:

  • International Mine Action Standard (IMAS) EOD Level 3 or equivalent qualification and IEDD 3+ (Advanced) from an accredited military or international training institution.
  • Demonstrates solid knowledge and understanding of C-IED research methodologies, in both urban and rural settings.
  • Minimum of 2 years of IEDD 3+ (Advanced) Operator operational experience within the last 5 years in a similar environment, and this must be demonstrated in the experience section of the CV.
  • Instructor/mentor qualifications an asset; experience in training and coaching national staff in EOD, IEDD and Search techniques, including preparing and delivering structured training courses to IMAS standards.
  • Strong leadership, teamwork and communication skills.
  • Understanding of humanitarian principles related to field contexts and NGO operations.
  • Experience working in remote and unsecured locations.
  • Flexibility and cultural awareness and sensitivity.
  • Regional experience is desirable.
  • Essential computer skills, including proficiency in Word, Power Point and Excel.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential. Knowledge of Arabic would be a plus.

*** If experience and qualifications are heavily military-based, candidates should be prepared to clearly articulate how these qualities translate to an HMA environment. ***

We offer:

  • 12 month contract (extended subject to performance and funding).
  • A competitive salary package.
  • 30 days paid annual leave.
  • A generous R&R allowance.
  • Insurance according to industry standards.
  • An interesting and stimulating experience responding to humanitarian needs.

Closing Date: Friday, October 14, 2022. Interviews should take place on an ongoing basis as suitable candidates are identified. DCA reserves the right to select a candidate before the closing date.

All qualified candidates, regardless of age, gender, race, religion or ethnicity, are encouraged to apply for the vacant position. Only online applications consisting of at least a CV and a cover letter will be taken into account and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

DCA conducts anti-terrorism screening as part of the recruitment process. It is a prerequisite that you can pass this check and maintain this status throughout your employment with us.

Anyone applying for employment with DCA must be prepared to comply with our Personnel Policy on Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment, Child Protection and Anti-Terrorism Policies.

How to register

EOD/IEDD Technical Advisor (TA) – DCA Syria Program I DanchurchAid (emply.com)


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