Humanitarian Mine Action Programme Manager (Capacity Building)

  • Contract
  • Kyiv Ukraine
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Salary: TBD

Danish Refugee Council

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is an international non-governmental organization, which promotes and supports durable solutions to the problems faced by refugees and internally displaced people all over the world.

DRC has been operating in Ukraine for more than 10 years with emergency and durable solution interventions for assisting IDPs, returnees, Host communities, and conflict-affected populations. With the outbreak of the conflict in February 2022, DRC has shifted its programming to emergency response to meet the urgent needs of conflict-affected population in the country. Current DRC programming is focusing on protection activities such as protection monitoring, information dissemination, Individual protection assistance, and legal aid. DRC is also planning to add to the ongoing emergency protection response activities such as GBV prevention and response, Psychosocial support (PSS), and community-based protection. In addition to protection programming, DRC is currently implementing Multipurpose Cash Assistance (MPCA), NFI and Food distributions, Shelter & WASH interventions, and Economic Recovery, Humanitarian Demining and Explosive Ordnance Risk Education. The organization counts with 6 offices in the country.

DRC Ukraine is currently looking for a highly qualified Humanitarian Mine Action Programme Manager (Capacity Building) to be based in Kyiv.

Overall purpose of the role:

Reporting to the Head of Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding (HDP), the HMA Programme Manager (Capacity Building) is responsible for the overall management and successful delivery of capacity-building activities to State Emergency Services Ukraine (SESU) in compliance with DRC HDP goals. S/he supports the Head of HDP in identifying capacity building priorities and coordinating transition activities. The HMA Capacity Building Manager is minimum EOD-3 qualified and has demonstrated experience in EOC, clearance and training with relevant substantial experience in teaching all related subjects with reference to EOD, Demining, Survey and MRE, an includes basic management courses.

You main responsibilities will be:

1. Ensure coordination, coherence, and quality of the capacity development approach project-wide:

  • Ensure the coordination between the different units of the project and advise the Head of HDP of changes or deviations from plans, including through the identification and management of risks and issues, ensuring maximum benefit to the stakeholders.
  • Ensure that State Emergency Services Ukraine (SESU) are fully informed of the capacity development initiatives.
  • Support the HDP Head in identifying and reviewing product project quality and ensuring products are accepted, including with the technical guidance and oversight of operations and Support Services, the tasking, monitoring quality control and evaluation of the performance of service providers, grantees and implementing partners.
  • Support the Head of HDP in developing project concepts, proposals, funding requests and submission to joint appeals processes for priority needs by existing funding sources in line with SESU plans;
  • Guide and assist the HMA Supervisor to implement a transition plan to progressively and systematically transfer the management of mine action to national ownership. This may include organizing review workshops and coordination meetings.
  • Ensure that information gathered from monitoring and evaluations is used to inform stakeholders of progress and to improve the programme.

2. Lead institutional capacity development assistance and support for the State Emergency Services Ukraine (SESU)

  • Support the Head of HDP interaction with the national authorities at both institutional and technical levels in order to develop and support a sustainable and context relevant technical capacity.
  • Support the State Emergency Services (SES) in developing multi-year mine action plans, and SES Mine Action Strategy,
  • Assist in coordinating the technical support for the SES in the development of national EOD, MMC, BAC, NTS activities which meet the needs of the National Mine Action Standards and are context-relevant, while remaining in line with international standards; and in providing guidance to the stakeholders on key sector regulatory issues including, ensuring periodic reviews of SES Standard, critical non-conformities, Land Release policy, Information Management etc.

3. Training and Oversight:

  • Plan, monitor and evaluate all training activities within the HDP programme and is responsible for the development, preparation and update of training curriculum and material.
  • Train and capacity build the EOD/Survey, MRE, and clearance sections.
  • Plan and execute EOD 3 (IMAS level 3) and EOD II (IMAS level 2) courses as tasked by the QM Training Specialist (QM-TS) and Head of HDP.
  • Organize of ceremonies as part of completed training courses with instructors.
  • Coordinate all training activities with Project Officers, training instructors and the operations department.
  • Improve and technically support all teams in EOD and mine clearance tasks and supports the QM-TS carrying out QA/QC monitoring visits.
  • Where tasked by QM-TS, undertake membership within internal or external investigation board in an event of mine/UXO accident.
  • Advise and liaise with QM-TS for all trainings/courses which required for field staff in HDP.
  • Responsible for all safety issues and instructions arising during training in the field or training camp.
  • Preparing technical refresher training plan which will conduct at the beginning of each working mission.

4. Support the HoP:

  • Advise the Head of HDP on issues that may impact the achievements of project outcomes.
  • Ensure that the project is accurately and appropriately represented to an external audience, under her/his strategic guidance. This includes via various consolidated and participatory processes as well as other government counterparts, donors, and other key stakeholders.
  • Ensure accurate, complete, representative and timely substantive reporting on the project, its activities and key milestones to all stakeholders in collaboration with the programme unit.
  • Support the Head of HDP in the management of all human, equipment, contractual and financial resources allocated to the project as needed.
  • Support the Head of HDP in developing, justifying and implementing project plans within tolerances established at programme level and in line with programme strategy.

Experience and technical competencies:

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent with 3 years of relevant experience required; OR Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent 5 years of relevant experience;
  • Relevant 5 years of experience as defined in Advisory and Coordination or Capacity Development roles in the Mine Action programmes (Clearance, EOD Level Three, EORE, Survey and MDU operation).
  • Have to be qualified EOD IMAS level 3


  • Masters or Bachelor degree (Certificate is attached)
  • EOD 3 Qualifications
  • Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply


  • English – advance
  • Russian or Ukrainian (advantageous)

Key stakeholders: (internal and external)

  • State Emergency Services Ukraine (SESU) and other National Mine Action Authorities (MoD)
  • Mine Action Implementing Partners
  • Donors

All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring efficient processes.
  • Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
  • Taking the lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: Listening and speaking effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

We offer

Contract length: till the end of September 2023with the possibility to extend depending on performance and funding.

Level F1, Manager

Start date: As soon as possible.

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriate Staff.

Application process

All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Closing date for applications: 26th of September 2022

DRC as an employer
By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:

  • Professionalism, impact & expertise
  • Humanitarian approach & the work we do
  • Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
  • Culture, values & strong leadership
  • Fair compensation & continuous development

How to apply

Application process

All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

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Closing date for applications: 26th of September 2022

Closing date: 9/26/2022