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Chief of Unit/Section, P-4 (Cancelled)
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   07 May 2013
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Field Missions Administered by DPKO
DUTY STATION:   Multiple D/S

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
(These duties are generic and may differ depending on the requirements of the field mission.) Within the limits of delegated authority, the Chief Aviation Officer shall be responsible for the following duties: Manage Aviation Section and serve as adviser to logistics specialists and others on aviation related matters; Exercise control and ensure that the following tasks are accurately completed: planning, evaluation and assessment of suitable air assets to meet mission needs, reviewing and clearance of technical and operational aircraft specifications with United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ), development of Invitation to Bid (ITB) and evaluation of bids for mission level procurement actions related to air operations, monitoring of contracts and Letters of Assist (LOAs), assessment of cost estimates and preparation of aviation budget, liaison with Sections on all matters related to air assets contracts, insurance, approval of advice to Property Survey Board, Claims Review Board and Board of Inquiry; Act as the principal liaison between the mission and Headquarters and with other missions on aviation matters, and coordinate day-to-day support of air operations; Manage and supervise the air operations, including risk-management, budget, staffing and development, and aviation training; Develop and implement the Mission Aviation Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in compliance with current UN Air Operations Manual, Host Nation Aeronautical Information Publications (AIPs), the Chicago Convention and its annexes and national civil aviation regulations; Comply with DPKO Aviation Safety Program and UN/DPKO 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; Verify, supervise and approve the certification of services rendered by contracted operators; Develop aviation administrative, logistics and technical standard operations procedures; Oversee planning of the use of air assets to achieve pre-determined outcomes using cost effective and efficient methods to deliver services; Consult with the representatives of the principal components on satisfying air transport needs and coordinate acquisition and deployment of resources accordingly; 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; Verify and advise on the serviceability of aircraft and aviation equipment in use and on the disposal of the unserviceable; Oversee the preparation of technical reports, statistics, and other documents required on ad hoc basis and related to air operations; Oversee preparation of the annual budget; Oversee review and control of all expenditures from the approved aviation budget to ensure that the requirements of the mission are met within allocated funds; Assess aviation human resource needs and provide advice to personnel staff; Responsible for the supervision of aviation staff throughout the mission area; Lead and direct a team of technical staff; Plan and allocate work assignments; coach, mentor and evaluate staff; Participate in recruitment, selection and training of new staff and in the development of training programs; Review mission requirements and initiate action to acquire air assets to meet the needs; Ensure that requirements and specifications are complete and accurate; Investigate, testify and provide technical expertise and advice before the aircraft accident Boards of Inquiry; Represent the UN and the mission during Contingent Owned Equipment (COE) pre-deployment visits of aviation components in Troop and Police Contributing Countries; Perform 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; recognized expertise in the field; ability to comprehend and reconcile the diverse features of air operations; proven analytical and evaluative skills; ability to work independently. Planning and 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. Teamwork: Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to operate effectively across organization boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. 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. Leadership: Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; commitment to the goal of achieving gender balance in staffing. Managing Performance - Proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling work environment, including the ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff and design training/skills enhancement initiatives to ensure effective transfer of knowledge/skills. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff and appraises performance fairly


Advanced University Degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Business Administration, Air Transportation/Aviation Management, or Aviation Engineering. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of education, professional training, certification in air transport, and experience in air transportation-related occupation, such as aviation safety/maintenance or air traffic control, and logistics, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. An Air Transport Pilot License/Air Transport Rating is required. Air Traffic Controller License, or graduation from an equivalent military establishment, and military air transport flight/air traffic control training is desirable.

Work Experience
At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience in Aviation, with at least 3 years at the international level in a managerial capacity is required. Experience in managing air operations of international, field, peacekeeping or military nature is required. A thorough knowledge of United Nations financial rules is desirable. Managerial experience of air charter operations is also desirable.

English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in spoken and written English is required, knowledge of French is desired. Knowledge of a second UN language 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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