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  • Organization: UN - United Nations
  • Location: Tunis
  • Grade: Junior level - NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Aviation and Air traffic (planning/management/services)
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2022-12-30

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Tunis, Tunisia. The incumbent will report directly to the Aviation Safety Officer and the Chief of Mission Support whom, depending on the needs of the mission, may task the incumbent to travel and temporarily conduct activities in other locations within the mission area of operations.

On 28 July 2022, the Security Council by its resolution 2647 renewed the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) through 31 October 2022, as set out in resolution 2542 (2020) and paragraph 16 of resolution 2570 (2021).
The Security Council, in resolution 2542 (2020), tasked UNSMIL, as an integrated special political mission, in full accordance with the principles of national ownership, to exercise mediation and through its good offices to: (i) further an inclusive political process and security and economic dialogue; (ii) further the continued implementation of the Libya Political Agreement; (iii) help consolidate the governance, security, and economic arrangements of the Government of Libya, including support for economic reform in collaboration with international financial institutions; (iv) help to achieve a ceasefire and, once it is agreed by the Libyan parties, provide appropriate support to its implementation; (v) support subsequent phases of the Libyan transition process, including the constitutional process and the organization of elections; (vi) coordinate and engage closely with international actors, including neighboring countries and regional organizations; (vii) provide support to key Libyan institutions; (viii) support, on request, the provision of essential services and delivery of humanitarian assistance, including in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with humanitarian principles; (ix) monitor and report abuses and violations of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law, including sexual violence in conflict, notably through the effective deployment of women and child protection advisers; (x) provide support in securing uncontrolled arms and related materiel and countering their proliferation; (xi) co-ordinate international assistance, and provision of advice and assistance to Government-led efforts to stabilize post-conflict zones, including those liberated from Da'esh.


Within delegated authority, the Associate Aviation Safety Officer will carry out the following duties:
• Acts as an expert adviser on aviation safety matters.
• Develops inputs for the Mission Aviation Safety Programme.
• Develops inputs for the Aviation Emergency Response Plan and communicates it to all officials concerned.
• Organizes and coordinates aviation safety drills and exercises required by the Mission Aviation Safety Programme (MASP).
• Monitors the integration of Aviation Risk Management into UN aviation activities.
• Assists in the development of quarterly Risk Assessment Indicators and analyses the level of safety of aviation activities within a field mission.
• Conducts all Safety Assurance activities to include Monitoring and Measuring the Safety Performance Indicators (SPI's), Management of Change and Continuous Improvement.
• Proposes the required corrective and preventive measures, develops aviation safety recommendations, and communicates them to the officials concerned.
• Investigates aviation occurrences involving UN air assets and observed hazards related to UNITED NATIONS aviation activities, compiles reports and analyses statistical data.
• Participates, as a UN representative, in the investigation of accidents and incidents involving UN air assets and equipment.
• Identifies, analyses and monitors trends that may affect the safety of UN aviation activities.
• Conducts initial aircraft inspections and participates in the performance evaluations of civilian air operators and military aviation units.
• Conducts safety surveys of airfields and helicopter landing sites.
• Maintains the aviation safety database and ensures that information is recorded in accordance with the established procedures and deadlines.
• Provides safety briefings to personnel involved in UN aviation activities.
• Promotes aviation safety awareness within a field mission.
• Organizes and conducts Mission Aviation Safety Council meetings.
• Develops inputs for aviation safety budget.
• Drafts safety bulletins, newsletters and consolidated reports.
• Coordinates with other UN agencies and host country civilian and military aviation authorities on the aviation safety-matters.
• Performs other related duties as required.


Professionalism: 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.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Air Transportation, Aviation Safety Management, Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering or Air Traffic Management or graduation from equivalent military educational establishment is required. A first-level university degree with a relevant combination of education, professional training, certification in aviation safety, and two (2) additional years of work experience in air transportation-related occupation, may be accepted in lieu of the advance university degree.

Job - Specific Qualification

Training and certification in safety management is required.

Training as a Commercial Pilot or a Flight Operations Officer/Flight Dispatcher, or an Air Traffic Controller, or an Aeronautical / Maintenance Engineer, or an equivalent military qualification is desired.

Training as an aviation internal auditor is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in air transportation, air traffic control operations, aviation safety or aviation engineering is required.

Experience in at least one position in the aviation safety-related occupation or technical compliance and quality assurance is required.

Expert knowledge in the technical field of aviation safety management and accident investigation and prevention and experience in the use of ICAO standards and recommended practices is required.

Experience performing related duties and responsibilities in aviation safety in a United Nations common system field presence in a post-conflict environment (inclusive of peacekeeping operations, special political missions, agencies funds and programmes) or other similar international organization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French and/or Arabic is desirable.


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

Special Notice

The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the Associate Aviation Safety Officer, NO-B roster. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently will be considered for available Associate Aviation Safety Officer, NO-B positions open only to roster members. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.

In the UN system or related organizations applying the common system job classification standards, only work experience obtained at the G-6 level and above in the General Service category will be considered as professional experience.

Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located. This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

An appointment shall not be granted to a person who is the father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, stepchildren, or step sibling of a staff member. This restriction applies to relationships within the United Nations Secretariat and not to those with the separately administered Agencies, Funds or Programmes.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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