Job Opening

Posting Title: Aviation Quality Assurance Officer, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Field Support
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 07 April 2018 - 13 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Transportation-DFS-93680-J-New York (R)
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 in the Air Transport Section (ATS), Logistics Support Division (LSD), Department of Field Support (DFS). The Air Transport Section provides strategic oversight of the DFS aviation programme. It provides the road map for planning, organizing, training and equipping UN Peacekeeping Missions with aviation assets, personnel and aviation services along with criteria for assessing and evaluation the overall DFS aviation programme. The incumbent reports to the Chief, Air Transport Section, or his/her designated officer.


Within delegated authority, the Aviation Quality Assurance Officer will be responsible for the
following duties:
Provide assistance in formulating and promulgating aviation quality assurance and standardization procedures and policies of the Organization: Assists in ensuring compliance with the DFS/DPKO aviation regulatory regime, International Civil Aviation Organization (lCAO) civil aviation Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS), common UN Aviation Standards (AVSTADS)(b) Based upon quality inspections, audits, corrective actions and follows-up monitors and ensures that defined policy, operational, maintenance standards are continuously complied with; Supports the management of the air carrier registration process to ensure air operators' compliance with DFS/DPKO aviation requirements for aircraft airworthiness, aircrew qualifications, training, maintenance and safety programmes; maintains and develops aircraft fleet, air carrier's database as a set of aircraft performance summary tables, reports and other statistical compilations, assists in ensuring compliance with, and enforcement of UN aviation requirements and standards including International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) civil aviation Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs)m common UN Aviation Standards (AVSTADS), and other aspects of the UN Aviation Regulatory Framework; provides summaries of inspections and assessments of current and new carrier registration to Air Transport Officers, the Procurement Service, the Aviation Safety Section and Logistics Specialists; assists in the preparation of Aviation Trend Analysis; identifies and analyze both, positive and negative trends and monitors implementation of the corresponding response; assists in providing DFS/DPKO aviation lessons learned from incidents, occurrences and accidents to all missions in order to enhance aviation operations by prevention of similar situations; as may be required, advises senior management of the Section through the analysis of reports on the utilization of air transport assets by field missions on their cost effectiveness and operational efficiency; reviews and conducts follow up actions for implementation of corrective measures resulting from Board of Auditors (BOA), UN Board of Inquires (BOis), accident investigations, aircraft and aircrew performance reports, audit reports, incidents, occurrences and industry and manufacturers changes; conducts quality inspection visits of UN aviation service providers, aircraft, aircrew and associated air transport services to ascertain compliance with DFS/DPKO peacekeeping aviation programme set forth in the Aviation Manual: conducts Preventive and Surveillance Programme and monitors air transport operations based upon quality inspections, internal and external aviation audits, safety indicator programme, initial aircraft and aircrew inspections, quarterly and end-of-contract performance reports to determine the operational and technical capability of the contractor to conduct the proposed operations according to the terms of UN contractual agreement; endeavors to guide the operator in specific organizational and procedural matters related to the field mission and area of operations that may have an impact on required flight services in field missions; revises guidelines and procedures in the UN Air Operations Manual; manage and up-dates the Section's documentation systems, the library of air carriers' manuals, commercial air carrier and Troop Contributing Countries aircraft databases; provides support in the development of procedures for assessing air operators and aircraft requirements: identifies trends, disseminates lessons learned to missions quarterly or prior as required; participates in market research to be current with the latest technological developments regarding both civilian and military aircraft; assist in developing standard procedures and guidelines for air operators' and aircraft technical evaluation. remains current with the policies and procedures of aviation regulatory bodies:(a) Apprises the Chief Air Transport Section, or his/her designated officer, of changes in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) SARPs, Member States, Civil Aviation regulations and standards, and relevant aviation industry development pertaining to the Peacekeeping aviation programme; apprises inter-agency co-operation agreements within the field of aviation: advises the Chief of Section, or his/her designated officer, in the Aviation Technical Advisory Group (ATAG) in reviewing the Aviation Standards (AVSTADS), Technical Agreement between DFS and the World Food Programme (WFP) to ensure common UN aviation standards and inter-operability of air assets between the two organizations; supports the AQAS Unit in meeting constantly evolving role to the Air Transport Section:performs other functions as requested by and in support of the Chief of Unit in meeting Unit work objectives


Professionalism: Knowledge of institutional mandates (ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices and Annexes of the Chicago Convention), policies and guidelines pertaining to air transport operations and related matters, aviation regulatory bodies policies and procedures, and industry best practices. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems; remains calm in stressful situations; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; and 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; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; and uses time efficiently.

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.


Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in, Air Transportation /Aviation Management, Aviation Quality Management, or Aeronautical Engineering or related field. A first level university degree with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree. Advanced technical knowledge of aviation quality assurance and ICAO SARPs is required. Air Transport Pilot License, Commercial Pilot License, Air Traffic Control License, Flight Operations Officer License or Aeronautical Engineer, Maintenance Engineer License, or graduation from equivalent military air transport establishment is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience, in Aviation Quality Assurance is required, including minimum 3 years of experience at the international level. Experience in the development and implementation of aviation related rules, regulations, manuals procedures and other guidance materials is required. Experience with Aviation Quality Master Surveillance Plans and related procedures for international air transport operations is required. Experience in the development and implementation of Aviation Quality Audit/Inspector policies and procedures for international air transport operations is highly desirable. Experience in Operator Certification or as an Airworthiness or Operations Inspector is highly desirable. Experience in international air transport operations in the field environment desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of a second official United Nations .language is desirable


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

Special Notice

The duration of the TJO is through 31 December 2018.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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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