Job Opening

Job Code Title: Aviation Technical Compliance Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
Duty Station: KABUL
Posting Period: 05 December 2022 - 03 January 2023
Job Opening Number: 22-Transportation-UNAMA-193783-R-Kabul (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The Aviation Technical Compliance Officer will be based in Kabul. The Aviation Technical Compliance Officer reports to the Chief Aviation Officer.


Within delegated authority, the Aviation Technical Compliance Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Manages and supervises the activities of the Technical Compliance and Quality Assurance (TCQA) Unit.
• Monitors that air operations are conducted in compliance with Air Tasking Orders (ATOs), Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), UN directives, Department of Operational Support (DOS) Aviation Manual, UN Aviation Standards for Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Air Transport Operations (UN AVSTADS), UN Aviation Safety Manual, ICAO standards and recommended practices and the host country's Aeronautical Information Publications (AIPs).
• Liaises with other UN units/sections, non-government, and government organizations / agencies on aviation matters.
• Monitors civilian air operators’ conformance and compliance with the terms and conditions of the applicable long-term aircraft charter agreements.
• Analyzes the necessity for extension or termination of civilian long-term aircraft charter agreements and provides recommendations to the Chief Aviation Officer on the required actions 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.
• Conducts civilian air operators' quarterly performance evaluation inspections, and processes end-of-contract performance evaluation reports in accordance with the established deadlines.
• Manages the electronic databases and ensures that all inputs are accurate and up to date.
• Monitors that applicable aircraft documentation/certificates are valid and current.
• Monitors agreed periods of aircraft non-availability due to maintenance and/or aircrew sickness and that 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.
• Monitors, verifies, and certifies monthly aircrew attendance records.
• Monitors and verifies the consumption of aviation fuel.
• Monitors that Aircraft Use Reports (AURs) are completed and submitted to UNHQ in accordance with the established procedures and deadlines.
• Ensures that Monthly Aviation Reports (MARs) are completed and submitted to UNHQ in accordance with the established procedures and deadlines.
• Monitors utilization of UN air assets and analyzes the statistical data obtained and informs the Chief Aviation Officer.
• Conducts internal audits in accordance with the approved Section Internal Audit Program and Internal Audit Plan.
• Conducts random checks and inspections of civilian air operators.
• Analyzes, in coordination with the Aviation Safety Unit, the aviation safety reports, identifies necessary corrective and preventive measures, and informs the Chief Aviation Officer on the required actions.
• Conducts aviation risk management for UN aviation activities in accordance with the established procedures.
• Develops and implements the standard operating procedures for the related aviation processes.
• Ensures that aircrew members/aviation personnel are briefed and conversant with 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.
• Develops inputs for budget proposals for the Mission's air transport operations.
• Supervises the preparation of operational plans, performance reports and responses to internal and external audit observations.
• Manages the allocation and rotation of appropriate work assignments.
• Coordinates the individual annual work plans and produces detailed performance assessments and evaluations for the subordinate staff members.
• Develops and coordinates training courses, workshops, and other related training activities.
• Performs other related duties as required.


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.

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.

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 Management, Aviation Safety Management, Aeronautical Engineering, or graduation from equivalent military educational establishment is required. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of education, professional training, certification in air transport operations, and two (2) additional years of work experience in air transport related occupation, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Job - Specific Qualification

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

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in air transport operations or aviation safety, with at least three (3) years of managerial experience on a position directly related to the coordination of complex air transport operations in the international environment is required.

At least two (2) years of experience in quality management and development/implementation of aviation standards are required.

Experience in the use of ICAO standards and recommended practices is required.

Experience in the development and implementation of the safety and quality management systems is required.

Experience in the development and implementation of master surveillance plans, inspector policy and procedure manuals in all functional areas of a flight operations inspector is required.

Experience in the use of UN financial regulations and rules 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. Knowledge of a second United Nations official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

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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