Job Opening

Posting Title: Regional Officer, Aircraft Operations and Airworthiness, P4
Job Code Title: Regional Officer
Department/Office: International Civil Aviation Organization
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 26 May 2023 - 25 June 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Aviation-ICAO-210252-R-Paris (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The European and North Atlantic (EUR/NAT) Regional Office in Paris, France, is primarily responsible for maintaining continuous liaison with the States to which it is accredited (56 Contracting States) and with appropriate international organizations, regional civil aviation bodies and UN Agencies and programmes. The Regional Office ensures interregional coordination and promotes the timely and harmonized implementation of ICAO Strategic Objectives, policies, and decisions. The Regional Office also provides technical guidance and assists States with implementation of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), aviation safety and air navigation plans.

The incumbent reports directly to the Deputy Regional Director (Technical Team Leader), with whom s/he consults on complex technical issues. S/he will work on aviation safety and related implementation matters, including technical assistance, concerning the European and North Atlantic Regions. Specific direction and supervision is ensured by the Technical Team Leader. The approach in his/her work is normally developed jointly between the incumbent, the other experts in the Team, and the supervisor.


Function 1 (incl. Expected results)

Cooperates closely as a team member of the Regional Office for all aviation safety related matters, in order to promote the implementation of ICAO SARPs, the ICAO Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP) and the Regional Plans, in accordance with established plans and policies, achieving results such as:

• Provide support to the European Aviation System Planning Group (EASPG) and the North Atlantic Systems Planning Group (NAT SPG) and feedback on States’ implementation of ICAO safety related provisions.
• Conduct State-specific gap analysis in line with the GASP, regional safety targets to assist, as required, States in the establishment and management of robust and sustainable safety oversight.
• Analyze and assess States’ Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) results with emphasis on issues raised by the Monitoring and Assistance Review Board (MARB), RASG/PIRG, international and regional organizations, and other appropriate stakeholders and propose technical advice and recommend solutions on such issues.

Function 2 (incl. Expected results)

Serves as a focal point in the Regional Office regarding safety matters requiring response, achieving results such as:

• Effective liaison and coordination with ANB, other Regional Offices, relevant international and regional organizations, as mandated, on safety related matters with a specific focus on issues related to air operator certification and surveillance.
• Validated assessments of States’ needs for the effective implementation of ICAO safety related provisions.
• Support to, and implementation monitoring of relevant ICAO implementation support projects and training development that aim to improve States’ effective implementation of safety related ICAO provisions.
• Effective implementation support is delivered to States concerned, as required, in coordination with ANB, TCB, EASPG, international and regional organizations, States and other donors, aligned with Regional and Global Plans and Strategies.

Function 3 (incl. Expected results)

Supports activities related to the Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP), achieving results such as:

• Perform safety data collection and validation activities and exchanges of information with appropriate counterparts (via the USOAP CMA online framework).
• Review updates on the progress submitted by States on the level of implementation of the eight critical elements of a safety oversight system, including the assessment of corrective action plans (CAPs) submitted by States and the monitoring of the progress made by States in resolving their safety related deficiencies.
• Coordinate with State National Continuous Monitoring Coordinators (NCMC), appropriate staff from ANB and the Regional Office on USOAP/CMA related matters in the field of safety.
• Assist in the maintenance and coordination of the USOAP CMA online framework with the States’ National Continuous Monitoring Coordinators (NCMC) and Section appointed ANB contact person.
• Support to the USOAP CMA activities, either as a team leader or member, if/when required.
• Assist Deputy Regional Director in planning and updating of the Regional Office annual USOAP CMA plan.

Function 4 (incl. Expected results)

Keeps abreast of developments, including relevant activities of States, international and regional organizations, achieving results such as:

• Harmonization of regulatory frameworks of various bodies/authorities with a view to achieve the highest possible level of standardization in the implementation of the ICAO SARPs.
• Organize, conduct and/or participate in seminars, workshops, meetings and training to assist States to rectify safety deficiencies and enhance safety oversight systems.
• Act as Secretary to meetings in fields of assigned responsibility and assist, as required, at other meetings.

Function 5 (incl. Expected results)

Provides support, as part of the technical team of EUR/NAT, to the Regional Director and the Deputy Regional Director (Technical Team Leader), on crisis response activities, achieving results such as:

• Collect regional information concerning potential threats to the safety, security and continuity of international civil aviation.
• Provide support to the Regional Director and the Deputy Regional Director regarding the crisis response activities.
• Provide support to the Regional Director and the Deputy Regional Director regarding coordination within the Secretariat (Regional Offices, Bureaus in HQ), UN System, international organizations, other safety partner organizations, and States for the development of immediate plans of action in order to assist States in need for crisis response.
• Develop efficient strategies and plans for transitioning short term responses to longer term projects, as appropriate, using available resources from the UN System (e.g. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), TCB, Regional Offices, and/or donor States.
• Support the Regional Director and the Deputy Regional Director regarding the United Nations Country Team responsibilities related to emergencies/crises.
• Provide support in the development and maintenance of the Regional Office Business Continuity Plan.

Function 6 (incl. Expected results)

Provides feedback, as part of the technical team of EUR/NAT, on States’ challenges and priorities with respect to the global safety work programme including the development of SARPs, achieving results such as:

• Collect regional information concerning issues and challenges faced by States and others in the implementation of International Standards and Policies.
• Monitor and encourage State responses to ICAO State letters related to Safety matters.
• Provide advice to States on proposed amendments to SARPs during the consultation phase with States.
• Support the Regional Director and the Deputy Regional Director, through the regional mechanisms (PIRGs and RASG), in providing advice to ANB on the regional priority, and impact assessment of SARPs in development, including information pertinent to advising the ANC on regional and national issues that should be considered regarding the implementation of proposed SARPs.

Function 7 (incl. Expected results)

Performs other related duties as assigned.


Professionalism: Advanced knowledge of the ICAO provisions related to aviation safety. Knowledge of the ICAO work towards the implementation of the GASP/GANP and their relationship to regional implementation activities. Advanced knowledge of civil aviation issues and familiarity with the work of other related international organizations. Advanced knowledge of tools used for project management and monitoring of safety related activities. Advanced understanding of the ICAO safety management system (SMS) and state safety programmes. 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.

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.

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.

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.
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.



A first level university degree in aviation, or in a related field, is required.
A technical qualification in aviation such as an Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL), or Airframe and Power Plant Technician Certification may be accepted in lieu of the first-level university degree.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree in a related field or equivalent).
Successful completion of ICAO USOAP CMA and ICAO Safety Management computer-based training.

Job - Specific Qualification

• A pilot license or an AME license, is desirable.

• Certification as a USOAP auditor, is desirable.

• Certification as an ISO auditor, is desirable.

• Successful completion of SSP and SMS Training Course, is desirable.

Work Experience

• Considerable experience (10 years or more) reaching managerial level related to flight safety oversight, including certification of air operators (technical evaluations for the issuance of the Air Operator Certificate) and safety oversight audits or assessments of domestic or international operations, preferably with a State civil aviation authority or a Regional Safety Oversight Organization (RSOO), is required.

• Sound experience in one or more of the following fields: international aircraft operations, aircraft airworthiness, is required.

• Experience in participating in international civil aviation meetings, is required.

• Hands-on experience with personal computers and contemporary software, including project management skills, is required.

• Experience working within a large aviation-related international organization, is desirable.

• Experience in conducting safety related training courses, seminars, workshops, etc., is desirable.

• Experience in the implementation of quality management systems and/or safety management systems, is desirable.



• Fluent reading, writing and speaking abilities in English.


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


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

Special Notice

The ICAO Assembly recently reaffirmed its commitment to enhancing gender equality and the advancement of women 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 this post is to be filled on a fixed-term basis for an initial period of 3 years (first year is probationary for an external candidate).

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 (Staff Regulations).

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.

Remuneration: Level P-4 Rate Net Base Salary per annum + Post Adjustment (net) per annum(*)
USD $77,326 + USD $42,142
(*) Post Adjustment is subject to change.

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.

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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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