Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Malakal, Upper Nile State. Malakal is classified in the “E” hardship category and as a non-family duty stations. The Associate Aviation Safety Officer based in Malakal is assigned responsibility for UNMISS locations in Upper Nile and Unity states, including but not limited to Malakal, Renk, Nasser, Bunj, Bentiu, and Leer. The position reports to Chief Aviation Safety Officer whom, depending on the needs of the mission, may task them to travel and temporarily conduct activities in other locations within the mission area of operations.

Responsibilities – Acts as an expert adviser on aviation safety matters.
– Develops inputs for the Mission Aviation Safety Programme.
– Develops inputs for, and exercising of, the (Mission) Aviation Emergency Response Plan (AERP), and assists aviation ATU with the development and exercising of their individual aviation Field site Emergency Response Plans (ERPs).
– 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.
– Conducts Safety Assurance audits/surveys and analyzes the level of safety of aviation activities within the area of responsibility.
– 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, helicopter landing sites, aviation offices, MOVCON, Fuel and other facilities as prescribed by HQ DOS Aviation Safety Assurance processes, regulations and requirements.
– Maintains the aviation safety database iAviation Safety (iAS) and ASU shared drive databases and platforms, and ensures that information is recorded in accordance with the established procedures and deadlines.
– Provides safety briefings to personnel involved in UN aviation activities.
– Promotes aviation safety awareness within the field missions.
– Organizes and conducts Mission Aviation Safety Council meetings.
– Develops inputs for aviation safety and training budgets.
– Drafts safety bulletins, journals, newsletters and consolidated reports.
– Coordinates with other UN agencies, aviation NGO partners and host country civilian and military aviation authorities on aviation safety and related matters.
– Fulfills and performs other duties as directed by the DMS, CASO and senior ASU management.

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.

Technological awareness:
Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.

Commitment to continuous learning:
Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession. Actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally. Contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates. Shows willingness to learn from others. Seeks feedback to learn and improve.

Education 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.

Work Experience A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in air transportation, air traffic control operations, aviation safety or aviation engineering is required.

Proficiency in the field of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices as described in ICAO Annexes and Documents, particularly one or more of Annexes 1 – Personnel Licensing, 2 – Rules of the Air, 6 – Operation of Aircraft, 11 – Air Traffic Services, 13 – Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation, 14 – Aerodromes, and 19 – Safety Management is required.

Familiarity with Aviation Safety and/or Quality Management software such as ECCAIRS, iAviationSafety, Q-Pulse, etc., is desirable.

IATA Operational Safety Audit program (IOSA), IATA Safety Audit of Ground Operations (ISAGO), Airport Council International APEX or other recognized aviation industry audit qualification 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.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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