The UNOPS Mine Action Team works closely with the United Nations Mine Action Service and the United Nations Development Programme. Over the past decade UNOPS Mine Action has delivered over 500 million dollars of services to its partners.
The UNOPS Mine Action Team offers a number of services to help partners plan, implement, manage and monitor their mine action projects and programmes.
UNOPS Mine Action team can also provide further technical and legal expertise such as:
- Conducting of tenders and drawing up contracts and agreements
- Preparing agreements for grants in support of victim assistance.
- Training nationals to ensure the capacity to carry out Mine Action is strengthened
- Facilitating the exchange of experience and ‘best practices’ among Mine Action experts and programmes
UNOPS support services can help partners to plan, implement, manage and monitor their Mine Action projects and programmes. UNOPS services may be limited to employment contract administration or extend to planning and managing an operation.
The extent of UNOPS involvement depends on the partner’s requirements, the scope of the problem and special circumstances, such as a need to manage large-scale movement of refugee populations or to deliver relief supplies to isolated mine-affected communities.
Similarly, UNOPS can provide support to a specific aspect of Mine Action work, such as mine risk education, clearing landmines in preparation for construction work and destroying stockpiles.
UNOPS Mine Action experts are qualified to monitor all types of Mine Action work ensuring compliance with International Mine Action Standards on establishing, managing, monitoring and evaluating Mine Action programmes, stockpile destruction and mine risk education.
With its considerable Mine Action experience UNOPS can draw on a substantial roster of local and international experts to help deliver partner projects. Responding to partner’s needs, UNOPS can handle the vetting, recruitment, contract administration and training of project personnel.
Procurement and deployment
UNOPS can assist partners to establish coordination centres, and can contract and deploy specialized firms and non-governmental organizations to the field within days to provide demining services. These include landmine impact and emergency surveys, mine risk education, integrated clearance utilizing manual demining and mine detection dogs, explosive ordnance disposal, victim assistance programmes, external evaluations, and national mine awareness and advocacy campaigns.