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The UNOPS Peace and Security Cluster (PSC) is a principal service provider in the field of mine action with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UNDP, UNICEF, Governments of mine-affected countries and other mine action partners.  It is led by the Director, who has overall authority and accountability for the performance PSC on behalf of its clients.  The Director is responsible for administering and providing oversight of the day-to-day management of the Project Field offices, both according to the client requirements and in line with UNOPS rules and regulations.

The United Nations Mine Action Service programme in Afghanistan (UNMAS Afghanistan) supports the Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan (MAPA) the United Nations Emergency Mine Action Coordination Center for Afghanistan (UN-EMACC) /the Directorate of Mine Action Coordination (DMAC)  to protect the civilian population from the threat of explosive ordnance and contributes to peacemaking and the protection of civilians in hard-to-reach areas through political and humanitarian dialogue, and to coordinate the Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan (MAPA). UNMAS Afghanistan is a programme under the overall direction and oversight of UNMAS New York and implemented by UNOPS under the Financial Regulations and Rules of UNOPS.

The DMAC has assumed coordination responsibility for the mine action sector since June 2018, when the ownership for mine action completed its transition from UNMAS to Afghanistan’s national mine action authority.  In the event that the DMAC will not be able to continue carrying out its functions in light of the recent governmental changes in September 2021, UNMAS will coordinate to establish a UN-EMACCA — an emergency stand-in for the DMAC during the months of transition while the international community observes how the new Government will be structured and managed, and gives approval to continue the financial support to a mine action coordination mechanism under the management of the new Government.

As of July 2021, there are 1,528 communities located in 263 districts that are affected by the threat of landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW). The ongoing conflict further contaminates communities in Afghanistan with ERW and anti-personnel mines of an improvised nature (APM/IN). Currently, the civilian casualty rate from mines, ERW and especially APM/IN (also referred as victim-operated improvised explosive devices) is critically high. The recent political and security situation has opened up access to areas which are contaminated and urgently require release so that humanitarian actors, local communities and IDPs can move safely. UNMAS Afghanistan supports the efforts of the UN-EMACCA/DMAC to mitigate the threat that these devices pose to the lives and livelihoods of Afghan civilians. UNMAS seeks to bring civilians together across political and conflict ideologies to make progress on humanitarian and positive communal pursuits, the potential for peace and other collaborative measures is realized.