Aviation Safety Officer, FS-6

DATE OF ISSUANCE:   07 Feb 2013
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Field Missions Administered by DPKO
DUTY STATION:   Multiple D/S

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All applicants will be notified in writing as to the status of their application (successful or unsuccessful) at the end of the recruitment/rostering/selection process within 14 days (see ST/AI/2010/3 on Staff SelectionSystem). The process for rostering based on Generic Job Openings usually takes from 4 to 6 months from the date the vacancy is posted.
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
In Field Missions, the Aviation Safety Unit is responsible for providing recommendation to the Mission’s management on all aviation safety related matters, promoting aviation safety awareness and implementing the mission aviation safety programmes. The Aviation Safety Unit is also responsible for identification of aviation hazards and participation in the risk evaluation and risk mitigation processes. The Unit is also responsible for processing of all occurrence and hazard reports, and identification of trends and investigation of incidents and accidents. The Aviation Safety Unit also coordinates and provides aviation safety related training/exercises/drills and prepares and distributes aviation safety awareness materials. Under the direct supervision of the Mission’s Chief Aviation Safety Officer (CASO) the Aviation Safety Officer shall be responsible for the following duties(The following duties are generic and may differ depending on the requirements of the mission.): As directed, Implementing the United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ) Aviation Safety Programme, and suggesting remedial measures to reduce the level of risk associated with mission’s air operations; implementing the mission’s Aviation Safety Programme, which includes but is not limited to: Promoting safety and safety awareness in the mission, Identifying aviation safety hazards, providing support on all Aviation Operational Risk Management issues, investigating occurrences and hazards, carrying out safety inspections, assessments and surveys, identifying safety trends, developing and following up on safety recommendations; conducting site-inspections, compiling of aviation statistics, maintaining and processing of all aircraft occurrence reports; Performing other duties as required. In those Missions where there is no CASO the Aviation Safety Officer will under the direct Supervision of the Director Mission Support (DMS) / Chief Mission Support (CMS) be responsible for: Providing advise to the Director Mission Support (DMS)/ Chief Mission Support (CMS) on all aviation safety related matters and implementing and managing the mission’s Aviation Safety Programme mentioned above. Conducting site-inspections, compiling of aviation statistics, maintaining and processing of all aircraft occurrence reports Identifying safety trends and participating in accident and incident investigation; Preparing and Distributing aviation safety literature, newsletters and consolidated reports to appropriate areas; Providing safety briefings and training, Preparing the Aviation Safety budget; performing other duties as required.

Professionalism - Demonstrated professional competence in the technical field of aviation safety and accident prevention; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring equal participation of women and men in all areas of work . Communications - Excellent drafting ability and communication skills, both oral and written; ability to communicate complex concepts orally; ability to prepare written reports that are clear, concise and meaningful. Teamwork - Good inter-personal skills, demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural/multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds. Planning and Organizing - Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities where necessary; 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.


High school or equivalent diploma is required. Technical or vocational certificate in aviation and aviation safety -related activities (air operations, air traffic control, maintenance, dispatch, etc.), or graduation from equivalent military establishment or military flight/air traffic control training is required. Professional Pilot License (CPL, ATPL) or Engineering License or Air Traffic Controller license, is desirable.

Work Experience
At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in an occupation directly related to air transport operations. Experience in Aviation Safety is required.

Fluency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of French is an advantage.

Other Skills

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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Your application will be screened and evaluated against the requirements set out in the vacancy announcement. In the event that you successfully complete the preliminary screening process, you will be contacted to further discuss your interest in working with UN peace operations. The next step would be consideration and interview for specific positions.

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