Searcher (Explosive Threat Mitigation)

  • Mid-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 9 December 2019

Job Description

Functional responsibilities

The Searchers will deploy frequently throughout Syria within the Explosive Ordnance Assessment teams. Under the supervision of the Team Leader, the Searcher will work within the Explosive Ordnance Assessment team(s). S/he will be responsible for ensuring the following:

  • Conduct non-technical survey, technical survey and high-risk search operations of infrastructure and areas identified by the Syria Response Programme and UN Agencies as potentially containing explosive ordnance;

  • Undertake desk research on possible explosive ordnance hazards;

  • Verify the existence of explosive ordnance and their threat nature;

  • Implement technical, international and national safety standards;

  • Liaise with the local community to understand threats and relay information on threat avoidance;

  • Receive tasks and work within the team to respond with high quality operational capacity;

  • Support programmatic, project and operation planning and activities through the provision of explosive threat analysis.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • A First-level University degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) and 4 years relevant experience is required; OR

  • A Secondary School diploma (High School or equivalent) and 8 years relevant experience is required.


  • Certification as a deminer or surveyor in a demining capacity is required.

  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Certification 3 or Higher Qualification is required.

  • Certification as a High Risk Searcher or Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) Operator is required.


  • Relevant experience is defined as operational experience within a recognized military, police, or humanitarian mine action organization, or development setting, or other relevant operations experience;

  • A minimum of 4 years of experience in manual mine clearance, technical survey of mined areas or areas suspected of containing IED’s, or clearance of areas confirmed to have been contaminated with IED’s is required;

  • Experience within the last 5 years as team-member of a High Risk Search (HRS) team or an IEDD team is required.


  • Intermediate knowledge in Arabic (writing, speaking and reading) is required;

  • Fluency in Arabic (writing, speaking and reading) is desired;

  • Basic knowledge of English (writing, speaking and reading) is required;

  • Intermediate knowledge of English (writing, speaking and reading) is desired.

About the Organization

Peace and Security Cluster

The UNOPS Peace and Security Cluster (PSC) is a principal service provider in the field of mine action with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UNDP, UNICEF, Governments of mine-affected countries and other mine action partners. It is led by the Director, who has overall authority and accountability for the performance PSC on behalf of its clients. The Director is responsible for administering and providing oversight of the day-to-day management of the Project Field offices, both according to the client requirements and in line with UNOPS rules and regulations.

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