Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan
Duty Station: Juba
Posting Period: 31 October 2022 - 29 November 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Transportation-UNMISS-194132-R- (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 in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The Airfield Officer will be based in Juba and will report to the Chief Aviation Officer.


Within delegated authority, the Airfield Officer P-4 will be responsible for the following duties:

1. Manages and supervises the activities of the Airfields/Air Terminals Unit guiding and coordinating the efforts of the team towards the achievement of programme objectives.

2.Monitors that ground support operations are conducted in compliance with Air Tasking Orders (ATOs), Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), UN directives, DOS Aviation Manual, UN Aviation Standards for Air Transport Operations (UN AVSTADS), UN Aviation Safety Manual, ICAO standards and recommended practices and the host country's Aeronautical Information.

3.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 aviation security activities related to operations at airfields/air terminals used for UN air operations.

4. Participates in the integrated search and rescue operations for UN air assets and other aircraft upon request and ensures the availability and operational readiness of the required personnel and equipment. Conducts the aviation risk management for UN aviation activities in accordance with the established procedures.

5.Monitors that airfields/air terminals and landing sites are verified, equipped and cleared for UN air operations in accordance with the requirements of the DOS Aviation Manual and UN AVSTADS.

5.Coordinates the aviation infrastructure rehabilitation projects with the civil and military aviation authorities of a host country. Liaises with other UN units/sections, non-government and government organizations and intergovernmental agencies on aviation matters.

6.Determines technical specifications for goods and services, reviews responses to bids and conducts technical evaluations to ensure that vendor's proposals meet technical requirements. Coordinates requisition process with purchasing authorities.

7.Oversees contracts for the provision of goods and services and evaluates vendor's performance in coordination with the Contracts Management Unit and/or the Procurement Section. Supervises the inventory control and physical annual checks of relevant aviation equipment.

8.Develops, 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.

8.Monitors that appropriate reference documents are current, readily available, and accessible to all aircrew members and aviation personnel. Supervises the preparation of operational plans, performance reports, and responses to internal and external audit observations.

9.Analyzes, in coordination with the Aviation Safety Unit/Section, the aviation safety reports, identifies necessary corrective and preventive measures, and informs the Chief of Section, Air Operations on the required actions. Manages the allocation and rotation of appropriate work assignments.

10. Establishes the individual annual work plans, sets work standards, and produces detailed performance assessments and evaluations for the subordinate staff members. Develops and coordinates training courses, workshops, and other related training activities. Engage in annual budget preparation of ATU.

11. Performs other related duties as required by CAVO.


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.

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.

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. Builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Takes ownership for all responsibilities and honors 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in Air Transportation / Aviation Management, or Aviation Safety Management, Aeronautical/Aerodrome Engineering or related area is required. A first level degree with a relevant combination of education and professional training and certification as Pilot, Maintenance engineer, Air Traffic Controller, Air Operations Officer, and two 2 additional years of work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree, or graduation from an equivalent military educational establishment.

Job - Specific Qualification

Certificate in either Flight Operations, Airworthiness or personnel Licensing is desirable.

Certification in Prince2 or similar project management method/contract management is desirable.

Certification in Supply Chain Planning Tool (SCPT) and Enterprise Resource Management (ERM) are desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in ground handling of air transport operations, aviation safety/security with at least five (5) years of managerial experience in a position directly related to the coordination of complex ground handling support and/or aviation security operations in the international environment is required.

Experience in Safety and quality management is desirable

Experience in international operations in a post conflict environment is desirable

Knowledge of UN financial regulations and rules is desirable

Experience in the use of ICAO standards and recommended practices is desirable


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

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.

Qualified women that meet the requirements of this job opening are particularly encouraged to apply and will be given full consideration in accordance with the United Nations efforts to increase women participation in its workforce.

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.

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 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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