The International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) provide guidance, establish principles and, in some cases, define international requirements and specifications for the mine action sector. They are designed to improve safety, efficiency and quality in mine action, and to promote a common and consistent approach to the conduct of mine action operations. The IMAS are the main guide for the development of National Mine Action Standards (NMAS), Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and training material in mine action. IMAS follow the format of the International Organization for Standards (ISO) and draw on the three main treaties in international law which deal with landmines, ERW and cluster munitions.
For years, the GICHD has been supporting the Angola Mine Action Program, the National Intersectoral Commission for Demining and Humanitarian Assistance (CNIDAH) and the Executive Commission for Demining (CED) through various trainings and advisory support activities. Building on previous collaboration, the GICHD will conduct a two-day International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) Outreach Workshop targeting the Angola Mine Action Program and Implementing Partners from International and national mine action organisations operating in Angola.
The training will take place in Luanda from 9-10 December 2019 and aims to strengthen the understanding of IMAS requirements and terminology and the nexus between various management systems such as risk management, quality management and information management. These are key areas to improve safety, efficiency and quality in mine action programmes.
The workshop key objectives are to:
The workshop’s presentations, discussions and group work will cover the various IMAS Series and will briefly provide an overview of IMAS terminology and requirements under different thematic areas.
The workshop is aimed at members from CNIDAH and CED in Angola, mine action officials, mine action operators, and other relevant stakeholders. Participants who are engaged in the development of the Angola Mine Action Standards or Standard Operating Procedures in country are encouraged to apply.
Female participants with mine action background are encouraged to apply.
Participants must be able to communicate and present in English. Portuguese translation will be provided.
Visa and Travel Insurance
All foreign participants are who participate from headquarters or external organisations are responsible for obtaining their own visas and travel insurance to Angola. The GICHD can provide a visa support letter upon request.
CV and support letter
Candidates must attach to their application a support letter from the Directors of their programs endorsing their participation along with their CVs.
GICHD will cover the travel costs and accommodation for participants from outside Luanda. Meals and refreshments will also be provided during the workshop.