Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Support Office in Somalia
Posting Period: 24 July 2017 - 22 August 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Transportation-UNSOS-81505-R- (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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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.
- An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. All staff of the Ethics Office are required to submit a financial disclosure statement upon appointment and annually thereafter.
- This vacancy is subject to availability of post. Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.
- These posts are financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This Job Opening is to fill four vacancies within the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS). The Air Operations Assistant will be based in Mogadishu or in the field and reports to Air Operations Officer.


Within delegated authority, the Air Operations Assistant will carry out the following duties:

Air Operations Centre (Unit) duties:
• Plans and coordinates routine (regular passenger/cargo, logistics resupply) flights, special (casualty and medical evacuation, VIP) flights and military operational flights in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), UN directives, Department of Field Support (DFS) 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 Publications (AIPs). • Reviews Air Mission Requests and proposes the most suitable air asset(s) to be assigned to a task to achieve the maximum safety, cost efficiency and effectiveness in the mission support. • Compiles the daily projected Air Tasking Orders (ATOs) in accordance with the requested tasks; publishes and communicates ATOs to all relevant elements in accordance with the established procedures and deadlines. • Coordinates the integrated search and rescue operations for UN air assets and other aircraft upon request. • Coordinates diplomatic over flight/landing clearances, ground handling support and hotel accommodation/meal/transportation arrangements for aircrews.

Technical Compliance and Quality Assurance Unit duties:
• Monitors air carriers' and military aviation units’ conformance and compliance with the terms and conditions of the applicable long-term aircraft charter agreements and letters of assist. • Provides recommendations to the Technical Compliance Officer on the necessity for extension or termination of civilian long-term aircraft charter agreements and military letters of assist 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. • Initiates the quarterly civilian air operators’ performance evaluation reports, military letter of assist semi-annual performance evaluation reports and end-of-contract performance evaluation reports in accordance with the established deadlines. • Monitors that applicable aircraft documentation/certificates are valid and current. • Monitors that agreed periods of aircraft non-availability due to maintenance and/or aircrew sickness are complied with and 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 and letters of assist. • Verifies monthly aircrew attendance records. • Conducts internal audits in accordance with the approved unit’s/section’s Internal Audit Program and Internal Audit Plan. • Conducts random checks and inspections of civilian air operators and military aviation units.

Air Fields/Air Terminals Unit duties:
• Coordinates 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. • Coordinates the Foreign Object Debris (FOD) activities at airfields and air terminals. • Coordinates the aviation security activities related to operations at airfields/air terminals used for UN air operations. • Participates in the integrated search and rescue operations for the UN air assets and other aircraft upon request and coordinates the availability and operational readiness of the required personnel and equipment. • Verifies that airfields/air terminals and landing sites are equipped for UN air operations in accordance with the requirements of the DFS Aviation Manual and UN AVSTADS. • Participates in the coordination of the aviation infrastructure rehabilitation projects with the civil and military aviation authorities of a host country. • Participates in the development of technical specifications for goods and services, provides inputs to the responses to bids and technical evaluations to ensure that vendor’s proposals meet technical requirements. • Participates in the coordination of the requisition process with purchasing authorities. • Monitors contracts for the provision of ground handling support and participates in the evaluation of vendor's performance in coordination with the Contracts Management Unit and/or the Procurement Section. • Conducts inventories and physical annual checks of relevant aviation equipment. • Conducts the aviation risk management for UN aviation activities in accordance with the established procedures. • Monitors utilization of UN air assets and analyzes the statistical data obtained. • Maintains the electronic databases in accordance with the established procedures and deadlines. • Briefs aircrews on 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. • Analyzes, in coordination with the Aviation Safety Unit/Section, the aviation safety reports, identifies necessary corrective and preventive measures and informs the Officer on the required actions. • Liaises with other UN units/sections, non-government and government organizations and intergovernmental agencies on aviation matters. • Participates in the development of the standard operating procedures for the related aviation processes. • Participates in the development of budget proposals for the mission's air transport operations. • Participates in the development of the detailed Mission's Statement of Requirements to UNHQ for aircraft acquisition. • Provides inputs to the responses to UNHQ during aircraft technical evaluations to ensure that vendor’s proposals meet technical requirements. • Participates in the preparation of operational plans, performance reports, and responses to internal and external audit observations.

• Performs other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Proven analytical and evaluation skills. Thorough knowledge of all forms of air transportation activities. Thorough knowledge of aviation safety requirements. Ability to work independently in managing difficult and time sensitive situations as well as conflicting priorities; demonstrated analytical and evaluative skills. 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 & 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.

Team Work: 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.


High school diploma or equivalent is required. Training and certification as a Commercial Pilot, or a Flight Operations Officer/Flight Dispatcher, or an Aircraft Maintenance Technician, or a Ground Operations Officer, or an equivalent military qualification is required. Training in the safety and quality management is desirable. Training as an aviation internal auditor is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in air transport operations or aviation safety is required. Experience in the development and implementation of the safety and quality management systems is desirable. Experience in the use of ICAO standards and recommended practices is desirable. Knowledge 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 positions advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.


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

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

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