United Nations MONUSCO Jobs – Air Operations Officer

Organization: United Nations Organisation Stabilization
Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO)
Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda
Grade: FS6
Job Opening Number: 15-LOG-MONUSCO-42343-F-ENTEBBE (M)
Report to: Chief Air Region, Entebbe
About MONUSCO:
Following the signing of the
Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement in July 1999 between the Democratic Republic of the
Congo (DRC) and five regional States (Angola, Namibia, Rwanda, Uganda and
Zimbabwe) in July 1999, the Security Council established the United Nations
Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) by its
resolution 1279 of 30 November 1999, initially to plan for the observation of
the ceasefire and disengagement of forces and maintain liaison with all parties
to the Ceasefire Agreement. Later in a series of resolutions, the Council
expanded the mandate of MONUC to the supervision of the implementation of the
Ceasefire Agreement and assigned multiple related additional tasks.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: Within delegated authority, the Air
Operations Officer will perform the following duties:
  • Actively
    monitor air operations activities and ensure that they are conducted in
    compliance with Air Tasking Orders (ATOs), Standard Operating Procedures,
    UN directives, Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) Aviation
    Manual, ICAO standards and recommended practices, IATA rules and
    procedures and the host country’s Aeronautical Information Publications
    (AIPs).
  • Determine
    the most suitable air asset to be utilized in terms of cost, safety and
    efficiency.
  • Regularly
    review all operational and logistical mission flight requests.
  • Oversee
    special mission and VIP flight requests and manifests.
  • Keenly
    review, plan and coordinate daily projected task orders and air support
    requirements.
  • In
    charge of preparing and publishing mission materials, flight schedules,
    air task orders and issue them to flight crews
  • Develop
    and implement aviation standard operating procedures (SOPs) in compliance
    with the DPKO Aviation Manual, ICAO standards and recommended practices,
    IATA rules and procedures and the host country’s AIPs.
  • Make
    sure that flight crews are briefed and conversant with the UN policies,
    flight safety procedures and latest applicable aviation standard
    requirements.
  • Ensure
    that appropriate reference documents are readily available and accessible
    to all flight crew members and aviation personnel.
  • Coordinate
    integrated Search and Rescue air operations.
  • Coordinate
    weather observation, forecasting development and dissemination of weather
    information.
  • Oversee
    the daily flight operations through the Flight Following.
  • Work
    in liaison with other Sections, international organizations/agencies
    concerning aviation movement matters.
  • Prepare
    inputs, data and estimates for budget reporting and planning purposes.
  • Perform
    any other related duties as required.
           
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the United Nations MONUSCO Air Operations Officer
    career opportunity must have completed High school or hold an equivalent
    diploma.
  • Possession
    of technical or vocational certificate in Aviation Management,
    Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering, Air Transportation Management or Air
    Traffic Control, is required. Training as a Commercial Pilot, or an Air
    Crew, or Aeronautical Engineer, or Air Traffic Controller, or Flight
    Dispatcher, or equal military certification, is required.
  • A
    minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in air
    transport operations, with at least 2 years at the international level.
  • Prior
    experience in managing air operations of international, peacekeeping or
    military nature and a thorough knowledge of UN financial regulations and
    rules are desirable.
  • sManagerial
    experience in commercial air charter operations is also desirable. The
    minimum years of relevant experience are reduced to 5 years for candidates
    who possess a first level University degree.
  • Languages: English and French are the working
    languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the positions advertised,
    fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French is
    desirable.
           
Personal Competencies:
Professionalism:
  • Advanced
    technical qualifications, including authoritative knowledge and wide
    exposure to the full range of fixed-wing and helicopter air operations and
    aviation safety issues;
  • Ability
    to advise senior management on approaches and techniques related to highly
    complex/sensitive issues; recognized expertise in the field;
  • Demonstrated
    capacity for intellectual leadership and ability to integrate knowledge
    with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives and translate it
    into a results-oriented work programme;
  • Possess
    the ability to comprehend and reconcile the diverse features of air
    operations; ability to plan and develop a unified aviation system to meet
    the needs of the Mission;
  • Working
    knowledge of the technical capabilities of the various aircraft.
  • 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.
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.
NB: The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the
recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, or training).
The United Nations does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank
accounts.
         
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates desiring to serve the United Nations Organization Stabilization
Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) as the Air Operations
Officer should express their interest by visiting the UN recruitment website
and clicking Apply Now.
Deadline: 24th June,
2015
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