Mines Advisory Group (MAG) saves lives and builds futures by working
with others to reclaim land contaminated with the debris of conflict,
to reduce the daily risk of death or injury for civilians, and to
create safe and secure conditions for development.
MAG shared the 1997
Nobel Peace Prize as a founding member of the International Campaign
to Ban Landmines for our work to ban landmines. Our vision is a safe
and secure future for men, women and children affected by armed
violence and conflict.
Mines Advisory Group is recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Community Liaison Manager
6 months Fixed term
Scale: PSM 2
Line managed by: Technical Operations Manager
Responsible for line managing: National Staff
About the Role
- As a Community Liaison Manager with MAG you will work with local communities and a wide range of stakeholders.
- Our community liaison roles are varied, and can involve
designing and delivering Risk Education programmes to be implemented in
the region by our Community Liaison teams, collecting and analysing
data on accidents and MAG’s impact to lower these, conducting
non-technical surveys, or building relationships with communities so
that MAG’s teams can enter a region to start the process of making it
- Our Community Liaison Managers are essential to MAG’s life-saving work and this is a great opportunity to be part of that.
- You will have experience of leading, motivating and managing
national staff, have strong participatory learning and facilitation
skills and experience of conducting assessments in order to design and
implement appropriate interventions.
- In addition, you should have experience in designing and
delivering formal or informal training, with the ability to organize and
coordinate activities or projects.
- We’d be especially pleased to hear from you if you have previous experience of working in Africa.
- You should be aware though, MAG’s areas of operations are often
remote with basic amenities, so you will need to be able to live and
work in challenging environments, where the need for your skills and
MAG’s work is most.
- To assist the Senior Management Team to ensure that MAG’s
approach to community participation in mine action is integrated into
the planning and implementation of programme activities.
- To undertake the management, training, assessment and monitoring
of Community Liaison (CL) staff and activities in the field, and
recommend improvements to the Technical Operations Manager (TOM),
Country Director (CD) / Project Manager (PM) and Regional Programmes
Manager (RPM) where appropriate.
- To manage CL resources and be responsible for the gathering and
dissemination of relevant and accurate information to enable informed
decision making, maximisation of impact and the achievement of MAG’s
vision, mission and key aims.
- Provide research and analysis of relevant socio-economic data in
order to help prioritise social target groups and geographical areas
for Mine Risk Education (MRE) and clearance activities.
- Plan, prioritise and coordinate all CL activities in order to
achieve maximum community participation and understanding during all
stages of clearance activities.
- Conduct on-going liaison with all relevant stakeholders
(government, INGOs, national NGOs, mine action centres, the military,
health care providers etc.) and establish and maintain networks for
- Maximise productivity, project outcomes and cost benefit to the donor and beneficiaries through CL programme activities.
- Conduct research, develop and maintain an understanding of MAG’s
CL approach and its evolution. Where required, undertake recording and
documenting of CL resources (photographs, reports, MRE materials, etc.)
- Assist and support the development of the country programme
strategy, plans, proposals and budgets with regards to CL training and
operations in line with MAG’s mission and mandate
- Ensure that all MAG CL activities are in line with the CL position paper
- Conduct assessments, including on-site interviews with beneficiaries, and other technical missions on behalf of MAG as required.
- Advise on safe and effective management of all aspects of CL and
related tasks in the country of operation, in accordance with relevant
MAG and other Standard Operating Procedures and guidelines, and ensuring
that these are consistent with MAG’s policies and mandate.
- Conduct training needs assessment in the area of CL (including MRE activities).
- Plan and conduct relevant training activities for national staff
where required, including Mine Risk Education, participatory learning
techniques, communication skills and facilitation skills.
- Monitor and evaluate the on-going performance of CL and MRE activities by national staff in the field”
- Assist in the design and implementation of programmes to
mitigate the risk of living with remnants of conflict (including both
child and adult-oriented risk education programmes)
- Coordinate the on-going evaluation of benefits MAG’s activities
have on communities and other relevant stakeholders. Where appropriate,
design and apply relevant measurement tools and indicators. Ensure the
capture of data on the outcomes and impact of MAG’s work and the
communication of this data to relevant internal and external
- Assist in proposal writing and budgeting.
- Provide clear and accurate reports for donor and HQ purposes.
- Provide to MAG HQ case studies and oral testimonies of the
variety of experience of living with conflict and remnants of conflict.
- Conduct appraisals of CL staff and support staff in line with MAG procedures.
All International staff are expected to undertake the following general duties:
- Work within the framework of MAG’s core values, promoting its ethos and mission statement.
- Work towards achieving programme and/or department business plan objectives
- Ensure familiarity with and adhere to all MAG policies and procedures and keep informed of MAG activities
- This is a non-contractual document that can be varied from time
to time as circumstances dictate. This job description is intended to
summarize the main duties and responsibilities of the post; this is not
intended to be a full and exhaustive list of tasks. All MAG staff are
expected to demonstrate flexibility and willingness to perform
appropriate tasks when the need arises.
- Some Job Descriptions may be supplemented by specific Terms of Reference.
- Undertake and apply learning from appropriate training and development programmes.
- Undertake role in developing countries and areas in conflict where standards of living may be basic.
- Undertake the role in a manner appropriate to the cultural context and within the local legal framework.
- Experience of working overseas in community and/or educational development activities.
- Experience of conducting needs or risk assessments in order to design and implement appropriate interventions.
- Experience of leading, motivating and managing a diverse range of people.
- Experience of participatory research techniques in a working context.
- Experience of working independently for extended periods of time in ‘stand-alone’ environments with minimal supervision.
- Experience in the monitoring and evaluation of development projects.
- Experience in the design and delivery of formal or informal training and transfer of skills to others.
Essential Skills and Knowledge:
- Strong information management skills
- Good negotiation skills
- Excellent people management skills
- Sound understanding of rural livelihood and international development issues
- Relevant IT and numeracy skills
- Good spoken and written English language skills
- Excellent organizational skills with the ability to coordinate activities and projects
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to
establish relationships with people from a military, development and
- Ability to establish effective working relationships at all levels internally and externally
- Self-motivated, flexible and enthusiastic approach to work
- Cultural sensitivity and adaptability
- Strong commitment to humanitarian and capacity building principles
- Commitment to MAG’s humanitarian mandate
- Innovative, creative and pro-active with an analytical and solution-oriented approach
- Ability to represent and promote MAG
- Qualifications in a development research or an information management related discipline.
Remuneration and Benefits
MAG staff are rewarded with generous benefits:
- The total salary package for these types of positions tends to be £35,868 – £39,012 per annum.
Please see the general information for full terms and conditions related to this below:
- Accommodation: MAG will provide accommodation in-country.
- Leave: We recognise our staff work hard and need the
appropriate time out to stay motivated. You will have a minimum of six
weeks out of the programme per year or pro rata if the contract is less
than a year.
- Flights: MAG provides three international flights home per year
(for permanent contracts)/ MAG provides three international flights
home per year pro rata if your contract is less than a year (for
- Insurance: All international staff are automatically covered by
MAG’s comprehensive insurance package including: Personal accident and
medical expenses insurance; Death by natural causes insurance and
access to 24-hour medical assistance including evacuation and
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidate should download the the candidate information pack , fill and return the Application form to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Due to the high volume of applications that we
receive, we are not able to respond to every application. If you have
not heard back from us within 3 weeks of applying, it means that your
application has not been successful.