Mechanical Support Manager, Ukraine

  • Contractor
  • Ukraine

Mines Advisory Group

Mechanical Support Manager, Ukraine

The starting salary package for this position is £63,445.20 GBP / approx. $78,686 USD, including all allowances

About MAG:

MAG (Mines Advisory Group) is an international humanitarian organisation based in Manchester, UK, and working in 32 countries. We remove landmines and unexploded ordnance to release safe and productive land for communities, and work to reduce the threat of armed violence by supporting governments to safely manage weapons and ammunition. In 1997, MAG was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for our work campaigning for the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention.

About the role:

You will be responsible for ensuring MAG’s light and heavy plant machinery are managed and maintained in such a manner as to support operations in the most efficient and safe way possible. This will be done through both in person visits to deliver practical technical support as well as through remote support and advice as required. Your key areas of responsibility will include:

  • Ensuring all mechanical assets are correctly operated, serviced, maintained, repaired, and have appropriate spares.
  • Training and mentoring local staff to strengthen their capacity in the areas of light and heavy plant machinery and fleet maintenance.
  • Infrastructure development, including reviewing machinery, fuel supply, and storage infrastructure, and leading on design and construction of related projects as directed.
  • Proactively identifying measures that can be taken to improve the organisations’ environmental footprint with regards to management of light and heavy plant machinery and fleet assets.
  • Providing technical input into investigations related to Road Traffic Accidents and light and heavy plant machinery as required.
  • Development, roll out and strengthening of related policies, procedures and systems.

About you:

You will have experience in the management of light and heavy plant machinery as well as experience of maintaining and repairing a large fleet of vehicles and a wide range of mechanical assets including MineWolfs. This includes diagnostics, welding (welding/arc welding specific, TIG and MIG welding desirable) and preventative maintenance. You will also need to have experience managing and capacity building local staff and in designing and delivering training in the repair and maintenance of fleet and other machinery.

We are looking for a determined, pragmatic and flexible individual who has the ability to find creative solutions to issues that arise and experience of providing technical expertise to develop existing fleet management policies and procedures. Whilst experience in mine action is not required the post holder will ideally have experience of working in a developing country and an understanding of the constraints this imposes.

About the Ukraine Programme:

Since the Russian invasion of 24th February 2022, Ukraine has been subjected to heavy artillery bombardment, missile, and air strikes, as well as the use of landmines and cluster munitions. The scale of the conflict and the use of high impact and indiscriminate weapons requires an urgent and extensive response. MAG responded to the crisis in 2022 and now employs nearly 200 staff in our Ukraine programme, in a range of operational and support/administrative activities with further scale-up planned during 2024. The programme has a representation office in Kyiv, and operational offices in Mykolaiv (also covering accessible areas of Kherson) and now in Kharkiv. MAG has received accreditation for EORE, NTS, TS, Manual Demining and BAC and is currently working on its first minefields of the year in Mykolaiv. With the arrival of 2 Minewolves in mid-April, the programme will move towards mechanical accreditation during late spring; this will be followed by seeking EOD accreditation.

How to apply

For the further information on the role, the application pack and details of how to apply, please visit the MAG website at by the closing date of 19th May 2024.

MAG will support the successful applicant with any visa or work permit required, including application, administration and costs, however applicants will need to be able to obtain these within a reasonable time period to be considered for the role, due to programme needs.

Please note that as part of MAG’s commitment to safeguarding, this post is subject to background checks before an offer of employment is confirmed. For more information on MAG’s approach to safeguarding here and background checks here. You can also find more information in the candidate information pack, available on our website.

MAG is committed to the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion. If you think you would be suited to one of our roles we would welcome your application regardless of your background. We strive to provide an inclusive and supportive working environment where all employees feel respected and supported in fulfilling their potential.

Deadline: 19-May-24