Humanitarian Mine Action Technical Advisor

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a leading protection agency with a mandate to protect, advocate and promote durable solutions for displacement affected populations.

DRC has been operating in Ukraine since 2014, currently DRC employs over 650 staff in Ukraine and will continue significant scale-up in 2024 to implement emergency response in the Protection, Livelihoods, Shelter/NFIs and Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding (humanitarian mine action) sectors, using direct interventions, support to duty bearers and civil society organizations (CSOs), and partnerships with CSOs. DRC will continue and adapt its durable solutions portfolio to the evolving context.

DRC is currently looking for a Humanitarian Mine Action Technical Advisor in Ichnia, Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine.

Overall purpose of the role

The Technical Advisor (TA) has the primary function of providing technical advice to all national staff assigned to him/her throughout all HMA activities. He/she will provide daily support and advice to a number of MMC, BAC and NTS teams spanning a wide area of operations, thus DRC HDP is seeking a person that displays a positive approach to his/her work, and is of a determined and dedicated character.

His/her secondary function is to develop the capacity and technical knowledge of all national HMA staff within DRC HDP assigned to him/her with a view to producing an effective and sustainable partially nationalized HMA operation over a specified timeframe.

The TA will be primarily based in Northern Ukraine, but is expected to travel and reside in other regions, mainly to areas where DRC HDP HMA teams operate, the national training centers and to Kyiv where DRC HDP country office is located. Some areas of operations are remote and will require the TA to ‘embed’ himself/herself within the local community.

As the TA, you will plan your activities closely with the HMA Manager. The TA will work very closely with other Technical Advisors, Technical Field Managers, National Demining Supervisors and other demining team members.

Your main duties and responsibilities will be:

  • Provide technical oversight of relevant field operations of the project for which the TA is responsible, including training, safety and security, daily operational planning and implementation and the direction of all employed operational personnel under his/her control.
  • Supervise and if necessary, carry out any Land Release operations or EOD in accordance with DRC HDP SOPs.
  • Assist the OM, HMA Manager and Quality Management and Training Specialist (QMTS) in developing the project’s technical contribution to the national mine action capacity as required by the OM. This includes required training in agreed locations and subsequent DRC HDP approved training courses of national personnel such as but not limited to DRC HDP staff members.
  • Assist, as required, in the development and maintenance of the DRC HDP technical procedures for project operations.
  • Assist the OM, HMA Manager and QMTS in maintaining reporting mechanisms.
  • Assist the OM, HMA Manager and QMTS in the training of staff.
  • Establish and maintain relationships as required with all organizations (civil, commercial, military, or humanitarian) involved in HMA activities in the project area of operations.
  • Monitor the team’s daily activities in the field to ensure that all safety procedures are followed according to DRC HDP SOPs.
  • Compile the Implementation Plan (IP) for each task in conjunction with the TFM and National Demining Supervisor.
  • Ensure that the IP is approved by the OM prior to submitting to the National Authorities.
  • Amendments to IPs shall be approved by the OM prior to submitting to the National Authorities.
  • Follow up the QM visits and ensure that remedial action if required, is completed.
  • Undertake other actions deemed appropriate and necessary by the OM.

Reporting Lines

The TA reports directly to the Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) Manager with some indirect technical lines to other DRC HDP expatriate staff.

About you

To be successful in this role we expect you to have at least 5 years of experience at international level within humanitarian international NGOs or similar international bodies, within the Mine Action sector is required; minimum of IMAS EOD Level 3 certification, or equivalent from an Internationally recognized technical school (Military or Civilian) is required with proven experience in EOD Level 3. Hands-on experience of training, supervising and deploying Land Release teams is required.

Moreover, we also expect the following:

  • Knowledge of and practical experience with a range of HMA equipment, such as the Minelab F3, Ebinger UPEX 740M, CEIA CMD, Vallon VMR3 / VMC, for the purposes of Land Release operations is essential.
  • Proven experience in the application of Land Release and a willingness to exercise and promote the Land Release Policy during DRC HDP operations and to transfer this knowledge and expertise to National Staff.
  • Proven experience in designing and delivering technical training and capacity development of national staff is desirable.
  • Experience in HMA Quality Management roles would be considered advantageous
  • A high degree of computer literacy in all MS Office programs is required.
  • Proven experience in technical management of national staff, cultures and religions is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of advanced trauma care is highly desirable.
  • Work experience from within the region (Eastern Europe) is desirable.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English with excellent writing skills is requirement.
  • Ukrainian and/or Russian language skills are highly desirable.

Personal competencies

  • Capacity to work independently.
  • Resolution and integrity.
  • A positive and problem-solving attitude and ability to accomplish objectives in spite of a challenging political and insecure environment.
  • Innovative and creative thinking with strong analytical and reporting skills.
  • Political and cultural sensitivity, as well as a diplomatic, tactful, and flexible interpersonal style.
  • Ability to exude calmness and patience in high stress situations.
  • Proven ability to function well in a potentially volatile and sometimes stressful environment.
  • A strong team player with a willingness to assume other roles and responsibilities short term in times of Expatriate Staff leave periods.
  • Medically and physically fit for duty in austere environments.

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
  • Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: You uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to our values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

We offer

Contract: One-year contract, with possibility of an extension, depending on funding and performance.

Band: F2 non managerial

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates including DRC allowance; please refer to under Vacancies.

Duty station: Ichnia, Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine.

The TA will be primarily based in Northern Ukraine, but is expected to travel and reside in other regions, mainly to areas where DRC HDP HMA teams operate, the national training centers and to Kyiv where DRC HDP country office is located.

The position is unaccompanied and the candidate must be prepared to live and work in an isolated environment for long periods of time with limited recreational and social facilities. Accommodation is provided for the duration of the contract.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Closing Date for applications: 20 February 2024

Start date: 01 March 2024

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How to apply

Application and CV

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English.

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Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Applicants must submit high resolution copies of their EOD certification (in English) and syllabus for each course/certificate, which should clearly support EOD Level III**. Applicants who do not supply the requested documentation will not be considered.**

Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications sent together with a CV and cover letter, in English will be considered. Do not apply if you do not have the necessary experience and qualifications.

All qualifications/certification submitted will be screened.

Due to the urgency of filling this position DRC HDP may conduct interviews prior to the closing date and reserves the right to employ any selected candidate with immediate effect.

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