UN Air Operations Officer Jobs – United Nations Department of Operational Support (DOS)


Job Title:    Air Operations Officer 

Organisation: United
Nations Department of Operational Support (DOS)

Duty Station:  Entebbe,

Job Opening number: 21-Transportation-DOS-145753-J-Entebbe (O)

Reports to: Chief,
Air Transport Service, Logistics

Grade: P3


About US:

The Department of
Operational Support was established to provide operational advisory services to
client entities across the Secretariat, including other departments, offices
away from headquarters, field missions, and regional commissions.



Key Duties and Responsibilities: Within delegated authority, the Air
Operations Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Manage and administer all provision of support activities related to
    airfields projects and equipment.
  • Plan, review and develop airfield infrastructure in close coordination
    with missions to be served and UNHQ in the areas of Management Service
    Agreement, Air Traffic Management/Communication Navigation System and
    Aviation Ground Support Equipment.
  • Provide assistance to oversee the management of airfield development
    plan and rehabilitation projects for field missions in collaboration with
  • Provision of training of staff to conduct airfield and ground handling,
    pallet loading, helicopter under-slung loads, cargo handling operations,
    including use of airport fire vehicles, aviation ground support equipment
    and main handling equipment.
  • Lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff and design training
    skills enhancement initiatives to ensure effective transfer of skills.
  • Negotiate and coordinate with relevant stakeholders for the repair
    and maintenance of aprons, runways, helipads, taxiways, hangars, UN air
    terminal buildings, airfield access, fuel farms, lighting stands,
    drainage, grass cutting, bird control, fencing, for services, air traffic
    control structures, air navigation aids, GNSS and other infrastructure
  • Conduct periodic inspections of airfields and helipads of the
    mission area and establish relationships with the personnel of ground
    handling companies and Civil Aviation Authorities.
  • Establish systems contracts for all types of airfields, air terminal
    and air/ground support equipment for field mission(s) support.
  • Through the Fire Marshals ensure provisions of firefighting and
    rescue services at heliports/airfields.
  • Coordinate with the host country’s airports authority and Civil
    Aviation Authority on issues and matters concerning operation of
  • Monitor the physical state of landing sites helipads, assigned
    buildings, hangars and other relevant assets.
  • Ensure accurate placement of all helipad firefighting equipment and
    proper grounds maintenance.
  • Ensure that proper refueling facilities are provided and procedures
    are in place.
  • Through the meteorological officer/assistant ensure that meteorological
    services are available at the airfield/helipad.
  • Provide advice of any landing Zone surface problems
  • Perform other functions as assigned by the Chief TMICC.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations Department of Operational
    Support (DOS) Air Operations Officer job should hold an 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. A first-level university
    degree in one of the above specified fields in combination with two
    additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the
    advanced university degree. Commercial Pilot License (CPL), Air Traffic
    Control License (ATC), Flight Operations Officer License or Aeronautical
    Engineer or Maintenance Engineer License, or an equivalent license from
    the military air transport establishment is required. An Airline Transport
    Pilot License (ATPL) or its military equivalent is desirable.
  • At least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in
    air transport operations or aviation safety, with at least five (3) years
    of managerial experience on a position directly related to the
    coordination of complex air transport operations in the international
    environment is required.
  • Experience in aviation safety and aviation quality management is
  • Experience in the use of ICAO standards and recommended practices is
  • Experience in managing international air transport operations in a
    field operation of the United Nations (inclusive of peacekeeping
    operations, special political missions, agencies, funds and programmes),
    or of other similar international organizations is desirable.
  • Languages: fluency
    in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an



  • Professionalism: Knowledge
    of diverse air transport operations, including phases on the Invitation to
    Bid, Request for Proposals, Letters of Assist, etc. Ability to review
    alternative options and select most effective and cost efficient mode of
    transport of equipment, supplies and personnel to and from field missions.
    Ability to provide technical leadership; strong negotiating skills and
    ability to influence others to reach agreement. Knowledge of institutional
    mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to transport operations and
    related matters. Ability to complete in-depth analyses and to formulate
    conclusions and recommendations. Knowledge of UN financial regulations and
    rules. 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.
  • 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’ need 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 project; meets timeline for
    delivery of products or services to client.


How to Apply:

All candidates who
wish to join the United Nations Department of Operational Support (DOS)

should apply online
at the link below.




Deadline: 28th March 2021


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