Job Opening

Posting Title: Aviation Cybersecurity Consultant
Department/Office: International Civil Aviation Organization
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 21 September 2021 - 20 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-International Civil Aviation Organization-164478-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

The Aviation Cybersecurity Consultant will directly support the development of ICAO’s work in aviation cybersecurity and cyber resilience, identifying areas to be considered by the concerned expert groups to develop a harmonized, horizontal, and cross‐cutting approach to cybersecurity and cyber resilience provisions in ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices.

Work Location


Expected duration

It should be noted that this consultancy is to be filled for a period of four (4) months.

Duties and Responsibilities

This consultancy is within the Aviation Security Policy (ASP) Section, Aviation Security and Facilitation (ASF), Air Transport Bureau (ATB). The section is responsible for policy development related to security of the international air transport system, including developing and updating Annex 17 – Security, managing the work programme of the Aviation Security (AVSEC) Panel and its working groups,
managing the continued development of aviation security guidance material including Doc 8973 – Aviation Security Manual; and providing support to the Assembly, the Council, and the Aviation Security Committee (ASC).

The ASP Section is also responsible for policy development with regards aviation cybersecurity in international civil aviation, including developing and updating the Aviation Cybersecurity Strategy and the Cybersecurity Action Plan, managing the work of the Secretariat Study Group on Cybersecurity (SSGC), and developing aviation cybersecurity guidance material.

The incumbent reports to the Chief, ASP (C/ASP) section, with whom s/he consults on complex issues, and will cooperate with Technical Officers in Headquarters as required in order to undertake the responsibilities of the position.


Function 1 (incl. Expected results)
Review the Annexes to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention) and identify potential cybersecurity and cyber resilience gaps in each Annex, achieving results such as:
- Conduct an in‐depth analysis on 16 out of the 19 ICAO Annexes including identifying interconnection between them with regard to addressing cybersecurity and cyber resilience;
- Identify potential gaps in each Annex related to addressing aviation cybersecurity and cyber resilience;
- Develop a study that:
o highlights potential gaps in each Annex concerned;
o prioritizes those gaps in terms of criticality to be addressed;
o identifies challenges in addressing those gaps; and
o identifies the internal stakeholders to address those gaps and the interaction between them; and
- Propose a project based on the above study to address the identified gaps that takes into account priorities, challenges, requisites, and timelines.

Function 2 (incl. Expected results)
Performs other related duties, as assigned.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: 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.

Teamwork: 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.

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.

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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

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 client.

Academic Qualifications:
A first‐level university degree in a field related to aviation, security, information security, engineering (including telecommunication engineering), computer science or other relevant discipline.

- Minimum seven years experience in a civil aviation administration or regulatory body, international organization or aviation industry, with a significant part of this period developing policies and guidance related to cybersecurity in the aviation context.
- Considerable experience in aviation safety, aviation security, air navigation, and aviation cybersecurity.
- Considerable experience in reviewing regulations and performing gap analyses.
- Considerable knowledge of Annexes to the Chicago Convention, especially those listed in the Major Duties and Responsibilities section above.
- Considerable knowledge of aviation systems (aircraft, airline, airport, ANSP, maintenance, supply chain, etc…).

- Experience in Project Management.
- Knowledge of ICAO and the organizational work setup.

Language: Essential
Fluent reading, writing and speaking abilities in English.

A working knowledge of a second language of the Organization (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish).

Additional Information

Please note that the consultancy will be at band C at the daily rate of 402 CAD per day for a maximum of 84 days.

No Fee


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