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20 Nov 2020

Chief Of Unit (Aviation Safety Officer)

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20-Transportation-UNISFA-145175-F-Abyei (M)

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Aviation Safety Unit of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), duty station Abyei. The incumbent will report directly to the Chief of Mission Support.


Within delegated authority, the Aviation Safety Officer will carry out the following duties:

  • Acts as an expert adviser to the Chief of Mission Support on aviation safety matters.
  • Develops, implements and manages the Mission Aviation Safety Programme.
  • Develops the Aviation Emergency Response Plan and ensures that it is communicated to all officials concerned.
  • Organizes and coordinates aviation safety drills and exercises required by the Mission Aviation Safety Programme.-
  • Monitors the integration of Aviation Risk Management into UN aviation activities.
  • Develops quarterly Risk Assessment Indicators and analyzes the level of safety of aviation activities within a field mission.
  • Conduct all Safety Assurance activities to include Monitor and Measuring the Safety Performance Indicators (SPI’s), Management of Change and Continuous Improvement
  • Proposes the required corrective and preventive measures, develops aviation safety recommendations and communicates them to the officials concerned.
  • Investigates aviation occurrences involving UN air assets and observed hazards related to aviation activities, compiles reports and analyzes statistical data.
  • Participates, as a UN representative, in the investigation of accidents and incidents involving UN air assets and equipment.
  • Identifies, analyzes and monitors trends that may affect the safety of UN aviation activities.
  • Conducts initial aircraft inspections and participates in the performance evaluations of civilian air operators and military aviation units.
  • Conducts safety surveys of airfields and helicopter landing sites.
  • Maintains the aviation safety database and ensures that information is recorded in accordance with the established procedures and deadlines.
  • Monitor and report to mission management DPKO/DFS Environmental Waste Management policies are adopted in the area of aviation operations.
  • Provides safety briefings to personnel involved in UN aviation activities.
  • Promotes aviation safety awareness within the field mission.
  • Organizes and conducts Mission Aviation Safety Council meetings.
  • Develops inputs for the Aviation Safety budget.
  • Draft safety bulletins, newsletters and consolidated reports.-
  • Coordinates with other UN agencies and host country civilian and military aviation authorities on the aviation safety matters.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrated knowledge in the technical field of aviation safety, safety management, accident prevention, hazard identification, risk analysis and risk mitigation. Ability to participate in investigation of incidents and accidents. Ability to identify and analyze key issues and conduct independent research and analysis. Ability to formulate options, draw conclusions and make effective recommendations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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 clients.

MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in air Transportation, Aviation Safety Management, Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering or Air Traffic Management, or graduation from equivalent military educational establishment is required. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of education, professional training, certification in aviation safety, and two (2) additional years of work experience in air transportation related occupation may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Training as a Commercial Pilot or Flight Operations Officer/Flight Dispatcher, or an Air Traffic Controller, or an Aeronautical/Maintenance Engineer, or an equivalent military qualification is required.

Training and certification in safety management is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in air transportation, air traffic control operations, aviation safety or aviation engineering, with at least two (2) years at the international level is required.

The candidate must have held, at least, one position as an Aviation Safety Officer.
Expert knowledge in the technical field of aviation safety management and accident investigation and prevention and experience in the use of ICAO standards and recommended practices is desirable.

Experience in international operations in a post conflict environment is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This “Recruit from Roster” job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

DEADLINE: 03 Dec 2020

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