The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) works for the elimination of anti-personnel mines, cluster munitions and explosive remnants of war. The Centre contributes to the social and economic well-being of people and communities in affected countries. The Centre supports the national mine action programmes, while cooperating with other relevant organisations, and follows the humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence.
The GICHD provides advice and capacity building support, undertakes applied research, disseminates knowledge and best practices, and develops standards. The Centre aims to enhance performance and professionalism in mine action, and supports the implementation of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, the Convention on Cluster Munitions and other relevant instruments of international law.
The GICHD is an international expert organisation, registered as a not-for-profit foundation in Switzerland.
Ammunition Management Advisory Team (AMAT) is now looking for an experienced ammunition technical advisor to join the team. This post will be based in Geneva and involve frequent international travel with a global scope to promote good ammunition management practices, assist states develop national standards and procedures based on IATG, and mentor personnel – military and civilian – in the knowledge of the required skills and their practical application.
Reporting to the Head of division and as a member of the land release and operational efficiency team, the Advisor oversees survey and clearance methods as well as survey and clearance technology matters for Humanitarian Demining.
The Advisor, Land Release and Operational Efficiency will design, plan and implement or supervise the GICHD’s related training, support and research activities that promote operational efficiency in mine action programmes. In addition, as a member of a multi-disciplinary team s/he will provide broader mine action expertise within the GICHD, carry out mine action evaluations and participate in broader programmes, fora and conferences.
- Plan and manage outreach projects involving the development of nationally-adapted survey and clearance solutions to increase operational efficiency
- Plan and implement research and field studies to capture lessons learned and best practices in order to facilitate fact-based promotion for improved sector-related training courses
- Develop and deliver training packages in relation to land release and operational efficiency in coordination with other team members
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Policy and Research Papers
For the purpose of this paper the term "child soldier" will be used for a personunder the age of 18 who is associated with armed groups or government forces, in any capacity other than a family member. The term "child combatant" will be used for a person under the age of 18 who is or has been actively participating in hostilities in such a manner that he or she adheres to the criteria set in international humanitarian law.
Currently scores of children are recruited and used for military purposes, and perpetrators are not held accountable. There is clearly a need to move from lawmaking, program development, and training, to law enforcement, implementation, monitoring and reporting. In the words of the UN Secretary-General: to move to an "era of application".
Table of Contents
1. Child Soldiers, an Introduction
2. Child Soldiers and Recruitment
3. International Legal Instruments Relevant to Child Soldiers
4. Root Causes of Child Soldiering
7. Negotiating the Release of Child Soldiers
8. Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration
9. Children with Special Needs
11. Criminal Justice and Child Soldiers
12. International Initiatives to Stop the Recruitment and Use of Children in Armed Conflicts
13.1. Recommendations for Action
Annex 1: World Map of the Use of Child Soldiers
Annex 2: Human Security Network Members
Seeking more coherent implementation in post-conflict security: Can we better align SSR, DDR, SALW and Mine Action?
Security sector reform (SSR), disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR), small arms and light weapons (SALW) control, and mine action are anchored in the same conceptual and normative commitment to human security; yet, differences in scope, timelines and perspectives have made alignment of these four post-conflict peacebuilding programmes challenging. DCAF and GICHD brought together a panel of experts from these four practitioner fields to examine the practical implications of linking these important programmes.
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n response to the limited guidance on the topic of transition to national ownership, the GICHD commissioned nine country case studies in 2011 to highlight different contexts, processes, challenges, good practices and lessons learnt from the process of transition to national ownership. Based on lessons learnt and the good practices highlighted in the case studies, the GICHD, in collaboration with UNMAS, produced a Guide on Transitioning Mine Action Programmes to National Ownership.
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