Andy Grantham is a Technical Advisor within the Ammunition Management Advisory Team (AMAT). AMAT is a technical assistance mechanism set up by the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) and The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), with the aim to support States in ammunition management in accordance with the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG). He initially joined the GICHD in September 2016. His role is to provide rapid technical assistance to national authorities in the safe and secure ammunition management, including through the framework of the UN SaferGuard quick-response mechanism. He further conducts longer-term technical support and outreach to national authorities, donors and relevant organisations on IATG-compliant ammunition stockpile management systems and procedures.
Prior to joining the GICHD, Andy Grantham was a Mentor and Trainer of UN troops in Mali concentrating on EOD and IEDD. He started his career with the British Army as an Ammunition Technician. He has worked as an Explosives Safety Advisor at the Atomic Weapons Establishment in the UK, as well as in NGOs and commercial companies in Libya, Afghanistan and Mali.
(2) Scope of work as a member of AMAT which includes:
(2.1) bilateral capacity development assistance to States in ammunition and explosives safety and security – for example, States which are not so lucky with regulations and don’t have the capability or resources to use NATO AASTPs, JSP482 and MSER (we will give examples of our work in various countries);
(2.2) multilateral assistance to UN agencies with the IATG development and its delivery to States (e.g. Ukraine), materialising Action 22 of UN Secretary General’s Disarmament Agenda (our work with Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration concentrating on Weapon and Ammunition Management, regional organisations etc.), as well as providing “the voice from the field” to high level discussions on GGE2020 and SDGs;
(2.3) operationalisation of the UN SaferGuard programme and its Quick Response Mechanism (e.g. what UN SaferGuard is, International Ammuntion Technical Guidelines, growing and managing the SaferGuard roster of ammunition experts, how we validate experts, and examples of work we have done etc.)
(2.4) snapshot of Global Ammunition Activity Platform (GAP or GAAP) on who does what, where, to which effect, and the applicable standard on ammunition management.