Chief Aviation Officer, P-5

DATE OF ISSUANCE:   30 May 2012
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Field Missions Administered by DPKO
DUTY STATION:   Multiple D/S

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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
If you are a passionate and committed professional, have experience in aviation-related activities, capable of working in an intense, high tempo operational environment under hardship conditions and want to make a lasting difference for people emerging from conflict, we would like to hear from you. In Field Missions, under the leadership of Air Transport Section (ATS) in the Department of Field Support as part of its oversight responsibility of DFS aviation programme, Aviation Section supports Mission's requirements with operational, logistical and general support tasks and as such is responsible for planning, coordination, monitoring and execution of all activities/projects/services related to air operations. Operational tasks often involve the deployment of troops/military observers and UN personnel, verification, reconnaissance, close air support and monitoring missions, as well as "Search and Rescue" operations if required by operational situation or requested by host country. Logistical tasks include support to military operations and MEDEVAC/CASEVAC missions, as well as food, fuel and cargo re-supply to military contingents and UN hubs, transportation of UN and authorised non-UN personnel, airlift of Contingents and their equipment during deployment/rotation/withdrawal phase, intermission and strategic flight tasks. Aviation Section in UN field missions also liaises with governmental interlocutors, UN agencies, International Organizations, non governmental organizations (NGOs) and companies contracted by the United Nations. Aviation works closely with the Missions' senior leadership and supports a range of politically-related and VIP requirements. In addition to that UN Aviation coordinates different rehabilitation project, with the aim to revitalize the aviation infrastructure, repair airfields and air control facilities. Please note that United Nations Aviation doesn't own aircraft and operates with the civilian air assets contracted by the United Nations under "Long Term Aircraft Charter Agreement" and military air assets provided by Troops Contributing Countries under "Letter of Assist". Currently UN Aviation operates around 250 aircraft and supports all existing UN Political and Peacekeeping missions around the World. Responsibilities: These positions are located in field missions and as such the Chief Aviation Officer, typically reports to Chief, Integrated Support Services, though this may vary depending on the mission structure and location of the post. The focus of these jobs is to manage the Section, its programme, staff and budgetary resources. Within delegated authority, the Chief Aviation Officer will be responsible for the following duties: (These duties are generic and may not be carried out by all Chief Aviation Officers.) - Manage Field Mission's Aviation Section and supervise Mission's aviation operations, including risk management, flight operations, airfield operations, quality assurance, budget, staffing and development, and aviation training. - Plan, evaluate and assess suitable air assets and aviation ground support to meet Mission's needs, ensuring compliance with the contracts and safety regulations.. - Review and clear technical and operational aircraft specifications with the United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ); develop Invitation to Bid (ITB) and Request for Proposals (RFP), and evaluate bids for mission level procurement actions related to UN aviation operations and aviation equipment specification. - Develop and implement the Mission Aviation Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in compliance with current UN Aviation Manual, Host Nation Aeronautical Information Publications (AIPs), ICAO SARPS stipulated in the Annexes to the Chicago Convention and national civil aviation regulations. - Liaise with all units within the other Mission's Sections on all matters related to air assets contracts, insurance, approval of advice to Property Survey Board, Claims Review Board and Board of Inquiry. - Comply with the Department of Peacekeeping Operations' / DFS Aviation Safety Program and UN Aviation Standards and correct deficiencies in coordination with the Mission Aviation Safety Officer. - Monitor the contract compliance of operators and Units and evaluate their performances on a periodical basis. - Develop guidelines and instructions, review them periodically with the line managers and, through regular field trips inspections and meetings, evaluate the extent to which delegated responsibilities are being effectively carried out. - Act as the principal liaison between the mission and Headquarters and with other missions for aviation matters. - Undertake other duties as required.

 Professionalism: Advanced technical qualifications, including authoritative knowledge and wide exposure to the full range of air operations and air safety issues; ability to advise senior management and other senior officials on approaches and techniques on highly complex/sensitive issues; recognized expertise in the field; demonstrated capacity for intellectual leadership and ability to integrate knowledge with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives and translate it into a results-oriented work programme; ability to comprehend and reconcile the diverse features of air operations; ability to plan and develop a unified aviation system to meet the needs of the Mission to recognize the capabilities of the various aircraft and determine the most advantageous mode of shipment in terms of cost, safety and efficiency; independent judgment and discretion in advising on and handling major policy, project and other issues/problems; strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement on difficult issues, contracts and assistance agreements with aviation contractors, vendors, national government representatives and others; excellent knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to air operations and related matters; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of peace operations.  Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.  Planning& Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.  Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.  Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.  Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.  Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Business Administration, Air Transportation, Aviation Management, or Aeronautical Engineering or graduation from equivalent military establishment. An Air Transport Pilot License/Air Transport Rating, Engineering License or Air Traffic Controller License, or certification from equivalent military training is required. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of education, professional training, certification in air transport, and strong managerial experience in air transportation-related occupation, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
Minimum of 10 (ten) years of progressively responsible experience in air transportation or airline operations, with at least 3 (three) years at the international level on a supervisory position. Strong managerial experience on a position directly related to coordination of complex air transportation operations of international, field or peacekeeping nature is required. Managerial experience of air charter operations is required. Knowledge of UN financial rules is desirable. Knowledge of the principles of Operational Risk Management is desirable. Experience working in a UN organization, Peacekeeping or other field operations would be an advantage.

Fluency in spoken and written English or French is required. Knowledge of a second UN language is an advantage, and sometimes a requirement. Fluency in the local language may be essential.

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The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).   English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.



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