Somaliland: Employment opportunity- Technical Operations Manager


Posted: 10 October 2012 Deadline: 22 October 2012

Job type: Permanent Salary: over $50.000

Location: Somaliland/Somalia

Organisation: MAG (Mines Advisory Group)

Technical Operations Manager

MAG is a humanitarian organisation, working in conflict and former conflict countries to reduce the devastating effects of armed violence and the remnants of conflict for the benefit of local communities.

MAG’s work in Somalia is currently centred around Hargeisa, the administrative capital of Somaliland, and Garowe, the administrative capital of Puntland. MAG staff are engaged in physical security and stockpile projects (PSSM) across these areas while also seeking to identify opportunities to combat contamination from conventional weapons and implement community safety initiatives throughout Somalia.

MAG is seeking a Technical Operations Manager, who will have overall responsibility for leading and safely managing all technical operations in Somalia. You will be based in Hargeisa, Somaliland but travel regularly within Somaliland and Puntland and expected to attending meetings in Nairobi, liaising with donors and other stakeholders, as well as engaging in business development activities. Working closely with the Country Director, you will manage a team of international staff spread out over geographically diverse areas.

With a focus on expanding existing operations, you will be responsible for providing technical input into proposals and reports, as well as developing and maintaining relationships with donors, government agencies and other stakeholders. In addition, you will constantly seek to identify opportunities to develop and improve MAG’s work in an evolving political and security context.

This is a demanding role in a complex and evolving context, with operations across geographically diverse areas. As well as the necessary technical qualifications and experience, a patient, tactful and diplomatic approach is therefore essential. Due to the potential of expanding current operations, the successful candidate will also require experience in EOD and minefield clearance and survey.

MAG takes its responsibility for the security and wellbeing of its staff very seriously. Due to the current situation in Somalia, living arrangements will involve some restricted movement and limited access to recreational activities. The post holder will therefore often be living and working in close proximity to other MAG staff, it is anticipated that separate accommodation will be available in Hargeisa close to the MAG office.

Please note this position is currently subject to the receipt of funding.

Please visit the jobs pages MAG website  by the closing date of Sunday 21 October 2012