Job Opening

Posting Title: Director, Air Navigation Bureau, D2
Job Code Title: Director, Bureau
Department/Office: International Civil Aviation Organization
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 23 September 2022 - 23 November 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Aviation-ICAO-180581-D-Montreal (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

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The Air Navigation Bureau (ANB) is responsible for providing technical guidance to the Air Navigation Commission (ANC), the Council, and the Assembly. The Air Navigation Bureau provides technical expertise in aviation-related disciplines to States, industry and all elements of the Organization. The Bureau maintains and supports the implementation of the Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP) and Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP) and produces yearly reports on Aviation Safety and Air Navigation Capacity/Efficiency to demonstrate progress against the Global Plans. With the assistance of State experts and International Organizations, the Bureau develops Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and Procedures for Air Navigation Services (PANS) and supports their approval process through the governing body of ICAO. Increasingly, the Bureau also develops a variety of implementation support products for the aviation community.
The Bureau also manages the Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) Continuous Monitoring Approach (CMA) which continuously monitors all States on their implementation of ICAO SARPs and PANS.

The Director, Air Navigation Bureau (ANB) reports directly to the Secretary General and is responsible for managing and coordinating the work of the Bureau. S/he is also charged with the planning, development and implementation of the ICAO Safety and Air Navigation Programmes, as outlined in the ICAO Strategic Objectives and as directed by the Assembly and Council. The Director, ANB, as part of the senior management team of the organization, manages a large and diverse programme advancing ICAO’s strategic objectives. S/he delivers expert, authoritative advice to the Secretary General as well as to the governing bodies on Safety and Air Navigation matters. S/he has overall accountability for all decisions taken within the ANB and in the Regional Offices with respect to these matters. The Director/ANB leads and manages a team of professional and support staff, through two Deputy Directors who oversee the following major areas of ANB’s operation:
(i) Aviation Safety and Air Navigation; and (ii) Monitoring and Oversight.


Function 1 (incl. Expected results)
Leads, directs and manages the work and staff of the Air Navigation Bureau, achieving results such as:
• Provide effective direction, guidance and supervision to a diverse team of professional and support staff of ANB, and manage performance to ensure that work programmes and activities of the Bureau adhere to high-quality standards.
• Plan, direct, manage, and report on the planning and implementation of the annual and triennial budget of the Bureau.
• Direct the implementation of performance-based management, including Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for management and programme-related activities.
• Manage the human and financial resources of the Bureau, serving as responsible authority for its performance with respect to service quality, delivery and timeliness.
• Oversee the recruitment of staff for the Bureau and the development of skills and expertise of all staff, taking due account of geographical and gender balance and other institutional values, to build a motivated and performance-oriented workforce.
• Participate in and contribute to the Senior Management Group (SMG) meetings, inform staff of pertinent issues and implement decisions taken by the Secretary General on SMG recommendations.
• Model and promote the ethical values and standards of conduct for the International Civil Service.

Function 2 (incl. Expected results)
Directs and manages the execution of ICAO’s Air Navigation Programme, achieving results such as:
• Develop ANB’s overall strategies, taking into account policy guidance and decisions by the ICAO Assembly, and the Council.
• Ensures full integration of Safety and Air Navigation strategies, thus preserving Safety objectives when aiming for Air Navigation capacity and efficiency improvements in changes envisioned in ICAO SARPs.
• Lead the development of the substantive work programme of the Business Plan for ANB, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery, taking into account input from the governing bodies.
• Direct and oversee the implementation of ANB work programmes in relation to ICAO’s strategic objectives of aviation safety and air navigation capacity and efficiency.
• Direct the development and update of the Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP) and the Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP).
• Develop and maintain a fully integrated Safety and Air Navigation Standards work programme, with regular updates, in collaboration with the Air Navigation Commission.
• Coordinate activities and operations in the different areas, both within ICAO and with other organizations, industry partners, governments and funding agencies, as appropriate.
• Provide leadership to the development and implementation of innovative and change management initiatives aimed at enhancing business processes, systems and technology, and improving efficiency within the Bureau.
• Direct and oversee the implementation of recommendations related to ANB activities with respect to internal and external audits and evaluations, as well as the Joint Inspection Unit and the Evaluation and Audit Advisory Committee.
• Direct the Bureau in undertaking technical studies and projects in matters related to Air Navigation.
• Direct and oversee the implementation of the Air Navigation Programme, and related assistance and support activities.

Function 3 (incl. Expected results)
Provides policy and operational direction for the Organization on Air Navigation matters, provides authoritative policy advice to the Secretary General, and contributes to the development of overall strategies, policies and the business plan, including the “No Country Left Behind” initiative, achieving results such as:
• Provide authoritative policy advice to the Secretary General on air navigation and aviation safety matters.
• Advise on policy matters in respect of relations with international organizations dealing with civil aviation, and regional civil aviation bodies. Maintain cooperative agreements and ensure provision of assistance to these bodies, as required.
• Oversee the development of proposals for Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), as well as guidance material to assist in their implementation and monitoring.
• As a member of the Senior Management Group, contribute to the development and overall implementation of the Organization’s Strategic Objectives and to the overall management of ICAO’s activities and operations.
• Oversee the formulation of policies, procedures and guidelines, as well as other documentation on matters related to air navigation, aviation safety, and monitoring and oversight, in accordance with the decisions of the Assembly, Council, and other policy-making bodies.
• Collaborate with ICAO Regional Offices and the Technical Cooperation Bureau on the execution of aviation safety and air navigation-related activities at the regional and national levels, including the identification and implementation of new products and projects in support of the “No Country Left Behind” initiative and the ICAO Policy on Implementation Support provided to States.
• Provide advice and guidance to the ICAO Regional Offices and the Strategic Planning, Coordination and Partnerships Office at Headquarters with regard to the maintenance, implementation and monitoring of SARPs related to air navigation, aviation safety, and monitoring and oversight.

Function 4 (incl. Expected results)
Provides strategic advice to ICAO Governing Bodies, serves as Secretary of the ICAO Air Navigation Commission (ANC), and liaises with government officials on matters related to Air Navigation and Aviation Safety, achieving results such as:
• Provide expert, authoritative advice to the Secretary General as well as to the Assembly, Council and Committees, as well as the Air Navigation Commission, on request and as appropriate, on air navigation and aviation safety matters, and implement measures decided by the Assembly and the Council.
• Direct and oversee the preparation of policy papers, reports, and other documentation on air navigation and aviation safety matters for presentation to the Council, the Assembly, and other policy-making bodies.
• Serve as the Secretary of the Air Navigation Commission (ANC). Direct and coordinate all Secretariat work supporting the ANC and the Council during their review and approval process.
• Direct and coordinate all Secretariat work in support of the proceedings of the ANC, the Council and its subordinate bodies, as well as Divisions, Conferences, Panels and Study Groups related to the work of the Bureau.
• In the overall context of the ICAO transformational objectives, lead the digital transformation project to enhance SARPs development and improve collaboration across ICAO, relating to SARPs implementation support and Document Management Services.
• Liaise with National Delegations to ICAO and government officials on matters related to air navigation and aviation safety.
• Participate in the substantive work of Standing Committees of the ICAO Council and other bodies dealing with air navigation and aviation safety matters.
• Assist Regional Offices and member states with globally consistent guidance on complex air navigation plan amendment proposals.

Function 5 (incl. Expected results)
Serves as ICAO representative on international and regional bodies dealing with matters related to air navigation and aviation safety, achieving results such as:
• Represent ICAO at meetings of United Nations bodies, other international organizations, development institutions and funding agencies, and maintain liaison with various organizations on matters of common interest related to air navigation and aviation safety.
• Represent the Organization at international, regional, and inter-agency meetings, seminars and conferences; chair meetings/seminars; provide programmatic/substantive expertise on issues related to air navigation and aviation safety.
• Liaise and collaborate with other UN and inter-agency bodies, specialized agencies and other international organizations on air navigation and aviation safety matters.
• Identify opportunities for strengthening partnership and collaboration with UN system entities, civil aviation authorities and industry partners, as appropriate.
• Represent the Secretary General, within delegated authority, in meetings with government representatives.
• Negotiate with representatives of other organizations as well as with government authorities on questions relating to civil aviation.

Function 6 (incl. Expected results)
Supports international readiness with respect to Crisis Management, achieving results such as:
• Develop and continually update an Aviation Crisis Management Plan.
• Establish and maintain an ICAO aviation crisis management centre.
• At the global level, continually develop threat scenarios and, together with other international aviation organizations, develop playbook responses which allow the staff to know how to respond; such as regional conflict which requires rerouting of air traffic around hot spots; major accidents, sanitary crises, and aircraft downings.
• Work with other United Nations organizations to develop global plans for known threats: such as with the World Health Organization for the spread of communicable diseases through aviation; the World Meteorological Organization for volcanic ash eruptions or other meteorological events; International Maritime Organization and Universal Postal Union for the movement of dangerous goods (by air, ship or post); International Telecommunications Union for the protection of aviation spectrum; as well as research institutions and other similar organizations around the world.

Function 7 (incl. Expected results)
Performs other related duties, as assigned.


Professionalism: Thorough knowledge of the Convention on International Civil Aviation and its Annexes, as well as ICAO’s functions, in particular the Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP), Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP) and the activities of the regional aviation safety groups (RASGs) and planning and implementation groups (PIRGs). Understanding of ICAO’s Strategic Objectives and its global and regional aviation plans. Familiarity with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and their application. Proven ability to plan, direct and supervise a broad area of institutional work; demonstrated ability to deal with complex issues with diplomacy and tact; ability to lead in a fast-changing environment, and setting an example. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of the 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.

Accountability: Takes ownership for 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.

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.

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.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities, and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction inspiring others to pursue that same direction; Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to others; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.

Empowering Others: Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work; encourages others to set challenging goals; holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility; genuinely values all staff members’ input and expertise; shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort; involves others when making decisions that affect them.

Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


An advanced level university degree (Master’s Degree or academic equivalent) in an aviation-related field, including a scientific or technical discipline, management, administration, or in a related area is required.

Work Experience

Over fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible experience in aviation, dealing with policy formulation in the Safety and Air Navigation field of civil aviation, with an aviation-related government agency, air navigation service provider, airline, airport or similar organizational entity is required.

Extensive experience (five years or more) at a senior managerial level, overseeing the planning and implementation of civil aviation programmes in a public or private sector organization is required.

Experience at the international level or dealing with aviation matters crossing national boundaries, including high-level negotiations with government authorities is required.

Demonstrated leadership experience with strategic vision and proven skills in managing complex organizations at the national or international level is required.

Proven experience in leading and guiding a multidisciplinary team of aviation experts to achieve organizational goals is required.

Experience in managing aviation safety or air navigation programmes/projects within an international or regional organization, national government, or major service provider (airport, airline or air navigation services provider) is desirable.

Experience in managing or coordinating technical assistance, capacity development and implementation of activities related to aviation safety, air navigation or aviation security is desirable.

Experience in conducting negotiations at the international level and in organizing and leading international meetings is desirable.

Experience in public speaking and media engagement is desirable.


Fluent reading, writing and speaking abilities in English.

A working knowledge of any other language of the Organization (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish).


Evaluation of qualified candidates will include a competency-based interview and any other assessments deemed necessary.

Special Notice

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The ICAO Assembly recently reaffirmed its commitment to enhancing gender equality and the advancement of women’s development by supporting UN Sustainable Development Goal 5, “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.”

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for ICAO positions, especially in the Professional and higher level categories.

It should be noted that the maximum period for which a staff member at the D-2 level can serve is eight (8) years. The initial appointment will be on a fixed-term non-career basis for a period of four (4) years (first year is probationary for an external candidate). A second fixed-term non-career appointment may be granted to the incumbent, subject to re-appointment procedures. The combined duration of the initial and second fixed-term contracts shall not exceed eight (8) years.

ICAO staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the Secretary General and may be assigned to any activities or offices of the Organization, in accordance with the provisions of the ICAO service code.
ICAO staff members are expected to conduct themselves in a manner befitting their status as international civil servants. In this connection, ICAO has incorporated the 2013 Standards of Conduct for the International Civil Service into the ICAO Personnel Instructions.
ICAO offers an attractive benefit package to its employees in accordance with the policies of the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC).
The statutory retirement age for staff entering or re-entering service after 1 January 2014 is 65. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete a term of appointment will normally be considered.

ICAO offers an attractive remuneration package, including a tax-free annual net base salary in US dollar (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), and a variable post adjustment* which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station.

Annual Salary for this post: US $174,407 (which includes a Net Base Salary of US $114,666 + Post Adjustment of US $59,741)

ICAO also offers the following benefits, subject to conditions as defined in the Staff Rules:
• Dependency allowances
• Rental subsidy
• Settling-in grant, to assist in meeting initial extraordinary costs when arriving at or relocating to a new duty station
• Travel and relocation shipment, when moving to a new duty station
• Education grant for children in full-time attendance at an educational institution
• Home leave travel (normally once in every two years of qualifying service)
• 30 working days of vacation per year
• Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
• International health insurance; optional life insurance
• Disability protection

ICAO encourages a positive workplace culture, and promotes inclusivity and diversity within its workforce.

(*Post Adjustment: The base salary is supplemented by a post adjustment which varies according to the cost of living in the duty station and the exchange rate of the United States dollar. The post adjustment, set by the United Nations as a percentage of the base salary, ensures that all staff members at the same salary level have a similar purchasing power in every duty station by compensating for the differences in cost of living while taking currency fluctuations into account.)

United Nations Considerations

In accordance with ICAO Staff Regulations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Due regard shall be paid to the importance of recruiting staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible and ensuring equal gender representation. Subject to the foregoing, selection of staff members shall be made without distinction as to race, sex or religion, nor shall there be any discrimination on account of any disability of a candidate who meets the qualifications required to perform the tasks. Unless otherwise permitted under the ICAO Staff Regulations, appointment and promotion of staff members shall be made on a competitive basis.

Candidates will not be considered for employment with ICAO 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.

Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, Inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the Inspira account-holder homepage.

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 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 in Inspira will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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