This position is located in the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), duty station Abyei. The Chief of Unit, Air Operations will report directly to the Chief Service Delivery.
Within delegated authority, the Chief of Unit Air Operations will carry out the following duties:
• Manages and supervises the activities of the Aviation Unit.
• Monitors that Air Operations are conducted in compliance with Air Tasking Orders (ATOs), Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), UN directives, Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO)/Department of Field Support (DFS) 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).
• Supervises the provision of reliable, cost effective and efficient air transport services for the transportation of passengers and cargo (including dangerous goods requiring special handling) within a field mission and resolves conflicting priorities.
• Supervises the aviation risk management for UN aviation activities in accordance with the established procedures.
• Provides technical advice to the substantive and support elements of a field mission on all aspects of air transport activities.
• Liaises with other UN units/sections, non-government and government organizations and intergovernmental agencies on aviation matters.
• Supervises the provision of efficient aviation search and rescue coverage for UN transport assets and other transport assets upon request.
• Supervises the preparation of operational plans, performance reports, and responses to internal and external audit observations.
• Supervises the development and implementation of standard operating procedures for aviation related processes.
• Monitors that quality control procedures are implemented for all work processes.
• Monitors the accuracy and validity of data recorded in the management information systems.
• Develops, in consultation with the Chief, Mission Support Centre, a cost-effective and efficient air transport plans accessing the modalities of different types of air assets in operational terms.
• Evaluates services rendered to a field mission under long-term aircraft charter agreements, letters of assist, stand-by air charter agreements and ground handling contracts.
• Develops budget for field mission’s air transport operations and reports on the budgetary performance of the Aviation Unit at the end of each financial period.
• Coordinates the requisition process with purchasing authorities to ensure that bidding and approval activities meet requirements.
• Determines technical specifications for air transport services and develops statements of work/requirements. Provides responses to UNHQ during the vendor’s evaluation to ensure that vendor’s proposals meet technical requirements.
• Acts as a Certifying Officer for the air transport tasking with the overall responsibility for the efficient use and accurate accounting of all resources controlled and all expenditures made by the Aviation Unit.
• Monitors that UN financial regulations and rules are complied with in all activities of the Aviation Unit.
• Participates in various field mission administrative bodies such as the Local Committee on Contracts, the Tenders Committee, the Local Property Survey Board and Boards of Inquiry.
• Participates, in collaboration with insurance specialists, in resolving problems related to insurance policies for air transport services.
• Develops the Aviation Unit Staffing Table and acts as a Line Manager to Sub-Unit Managers.
• Manages the allocation and rotation of appropriate work assignments. Coordinates individual annual work plans for Unit Managers and produces detailed performance assessments and evaluations for all staff as required.
• Supervises the personnel management and evaluates staff performance of the Aviation Unit.
• Supervises the development of training courses, workshops and other related training activities and coordinates them with UNHQ. Develops and implements the Aviation Unit Training Plan.
• 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.
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.
Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Air Transportation/Aviation Management, Aviation Safety Management, Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering, or graduation from an equivalent military educational establishment is required. Training and certification as a Commercial Pilot or a Flight Operations Officer/Flight Dispatcher, or an equivalent military qualification is required. An Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) or its military equivalent is desirable. 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. Aviation Risk Management training or equivalent is desirable.
A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in air transport operations or aviation safety, with at least five (5) years of managerial experience on a position directly related to the coordination of complex air transport operations in the international environment is required. Knowledge of UN financial regulations and rules is desirable. Experience in the use of ICAO standards and recommended practices is desirable. Experience in international operations in a post conflict environment is desirable. Comprehensive understanding of Long Term Charter Agreement (LTCA) initial inspections and Air Contractor’s performance evaluation is desirable. Experience in Quality Assurance program implementation is desirable. Experience in aviation risk management is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in spoken and written English is required.
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