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Application deadline 2 years ago: Saturday 5 Sep 2020 at 23:59 UTC

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This is a FS-6 contract. This kind of contract is known as Field Service. It usually requires 10 years of experience, depending on education. More about FS-6 contracts and their salaries.

Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located within the United Nations Support Office in Somali (UNSOS). The Air Operations Officer will be based in Kismayo, Somalia and will report to the Chief Aviation Officer.

Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the Air Operations Officer will carry out the following duties:

  • Responsible for oversight of air operations of Sector 6 and all Forward Operating Bases in the Sector.
  • Monitors that air operations are conducted in compliance with Air Tasking Orders (ATOs),Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), UN directives, Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO)/Department of Field Support (DFS) Aviation Manual, UN Aviation Standards for Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Air Transport Operations (UN AVSTADS),UN Aviation Safety Manual, ICAO standards, recommended practices, and the host country's Aeronautical Information Publications (AIPs).
  • Reviews and approves Air Mission Requests and ensures that the most suitable air asset(s) is/are assigned to a task to achieve the maximum safety, cost efficiency and effectiveness in the mission support.
  • Verifies the daily projected Air Tasking Orders (ATOs) for conformance and compliance with the requested tasks, resolves conflicting priorities and ensures that ATOs are published and communicated to all relevant elements in accordance with the established procedures and deadlines.
  • Manages routine (regular passenger/cargo, logistics resupply) flights, special (casualty and medical evacuation, VIP) flights and military operational flights.
  • Coordinates the integrated search and rescue operations for UN air assets and other aircraft upon request.
  • Supervises timely coordination of diplomatic over flight/landing clearances, ground handling support and hotel accommodation/meal/transportation arrangements for aircrews. Technical Compliance and Quality Assurance Unit duties:
  • Monitors air carriers' and military aviation units' conformance and compliance with the terms and conditions of the applicable long-term aircraft charter agreements and letters of assist.
  • Provides recommendations to the Chief of Unit, Air Operations on the necessity for extension or termination of civilian long-term aircraft charter agreements and military letters of assist in accordance with the established deadlines.
  • Participates in the initial aircraft inspections conducted by the Mission Aviation Safety Officer and verifies that the agreed aircraft specifications are complied with. •Initiates the quarterly civilian air operators' performance evaluation reports, military letter of assist semi-annual performance evaluation reports and end-of-contract performance evaluation reports in accordance with the established deadlines.
  • Monitors that applicable aircraft documentation/certificates are valid and current.
  • Monitors that agreed periods of aircraft non-availability due to maintenance and/or aircrew sickness are complied with and valid maintenance/medical release certificates are provided.
  • Monitors that aircrew members possess valid licenses and certificates, and meet the requirements agreed in the applicable long-term aircraft charter agreements and letters of assist.
  • Verifies monthly aircrew attendance records.
  • Conducts internal audits in accordance with the approved unit's/section's Internal Audit Program and Internal Audit Plan.
  • Conducts random checks and inspections of civilian air operators and military aviation units. Air Fields/Air Terminals Unit duties:
  • Supervises the provision of reliable, cost effective and efficient ground handling support (including emergency crash and rescue support) to the air operations activities of a field mission.
  • Supervises the Foreign Object Debris (FOD) activities at airfields and air terminals.
  • Supervises the aviation security activities related to operations at airfields/air terminals used for UN air operations.
  • Participates in the integrated search and rescue operations for the UN air assets and other aircraft upon request and coordinates the availability and operational readiness of the required personnel and equipment.
  • Verifies that airfields/air terminals and landing sites are equipped for UN air operations in accordance with the requirements of the DPKO/DFS Aviation Manual and UN AVSTADS.
  • Participates in the coordination of the aviation infrastructure rehabilitation projects with the civil and military aviation authorities of a host country.
  • Participates in the development of technical specifications for goods and services, provides inputs to the responses to bids and technical evaluations to ensure that vendor's proposals meet technical requirements.
  • Participates in the coordination of the requisition process with purchasing authorities.
  • Monitors contracts for the provision of ground handling support and participates in the evaluation of vendor's performance in coordination with the Contracts Management Unit and/or the Procurement Section.
  • Conducts inventories and physical annual checks of relevant aviation equipment.
  • Conducts the aviation risk management for UN aviation activities in accordance with the established procedures.
  • Monitors utilization of UN air assets and analyzes the statistical data obtained.
  • Monitors that electronic databases are maintained in accordance with the established procedures and deadlines.
  • Briefs aircrews on UN policies, aviation safety requirements and the latest applicable aviation standard operating procedures.
  • Monitors that appropriate reference documents are current, readily available and accessible to all aircrew members and aviation personnel.
  • Analyzes, in coordination with the Aviation Safety Unit/Section, the aviation safety reports, identifies necessary corrective and preventive measures and informs the Officer on the required actions.
  • Liaises with other UN units/sections, non-government and government organizations and intergovernmental agencies on aviation matters.
  • Participates in the development of the standard operating procedures for the related aviation processes.
  • Participates in the development of budget proposals for the mission's air transport operations.
  • Participates in the development of the detailed Mission's Statement of Requirements to UNHQ for aircraft acquisition.
  • Provides inputs to the responses to UNHQ during aircraft technical evaluations to ensure that vendor's proposals meet technical requirements.
  • Participates in the preparation of operational plans, performance reports, and responses to internal and external audit observations.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

    Competencies Professionalism: 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.

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.

Team Work: 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.

Education High school diploma or equivalent is required. Training and certification as a Commercial Pilot, or a Flight Operations Officer/Flight Dispatcher, or an Aircraft Maintenance Technician, or a Ground Operations Officer, or an equivalent military qualification is required. Certified training in aviation radio communication terminology and safety quality management procedures is an advantage

Work Experience A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in air transport operations or aviation safety with at least three (3) years of supervisory experience on a position directly related to the coordination of complex air transport operations in the international environment is required. The minimum years of relevant experience is reduced to five (5) years for candidates who possess at least a first level university degree. Experience in the use of ICAO standards and practices is required. Knowledge of UN financial rules and regulations is desirable. Experience in the development and implementation of the safety and quality management systems is desirable. Experience in international operations in a post-conflict environment is desirable.

Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of a second United Nations official language is an advantage.

Assessment 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.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

United Nations Considerations According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.


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