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Aviation Safety Officer P4 - RBJ, Johannesburg, South Africa


  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: SAF
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Aviation and Air traffic (planning/management/services)
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2022-12-12


WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.


Are you an experienced Aviation Safety Professional interested in further developing your professional experience while contributing to ending global hunger? Are you passionate about helping those in need? Would you like to join a global organization investing in its people?

If so, an exciting & fulfilling career awaits you! Join our diverse and passionate team that works on varied and international projects directly contributing to saving & changing millions of lives around the globe.




Applications must be submitted by Sunday, December 11, 2022 (10:59 PM CET)



The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), a highly prestigious, reputable & world’s largest humanitarian organization, operating in more than 120 countries and territories, bringing life-saving assistance in emergencies, building pathways to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change and supporting sustainable and resilient livelihoods for a world with zero hunger.


At WFP, people are at the heart of everything we do and the vision of the future WFP workforce is one of diverse, committed, skilled, and high performing teams, selected on merit, operating in a healthy and inclusive work environment, living WFP's values (Integrity, Collaboration, Commitment, Humanity, and Inclusion) and working with partners to save and change the lives of those WFP serves.  


To learn more about WFP, visit our website: UN World Food Programme (WFP) and follow us on social media to keep up with our latest news: YouTubeLinkedInInstagramFacebookTwitter.




  • WFP is a 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 
  • WFP offers a highly inclusive, diverse, and multicultural working environment 
  • WFP invests in the personal & professional development of its employees through a range of training, accreditation, coaching, mentorship, and other programs as well as through internal mobility opportunities 
  • A career path in WFP provides an exciting opportunity to work across the various country, regional and global offices around the world, and with passionate colleagues who work tirelessly to ensure that effective humanitarian assistance reaches millions of people across the globe
  • We offer an attractive compensation package (please refer to the Terms and Conditions section)




These jobs are likely to be found in Headquarters (HQ) or Regional Offices, and job holders report to the Chief of the Aviation Safety Unit.



To provide technical support to the Chief of the Aviation Safety Unit to ensure oversight over safety management processes and their effective implementation in the field to enable safe and efficient WFP air transport services.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)


  • Monitor the effectiveness of the Aviation Safety Program in the region to ensure compliance with the established standards and regulations supporting safe air transport operations.
  • Perform accurate and timely analysis of safety events, analyze evaluation observations, and formulate solid recommendations for corrective actions to ensure compliance with the applicable standards and regulations.
  • Efficiently implement and maintain the aviation safety information system and ensure collaboration and accurate information exchange in the region.
  • Identify aviation safety risks and ensure that accurate reporting and internal quality control systems are in place, and that all relevant records are efficiently maintained.
  • Manage, coordinate and promote aviation safety in the region, including implementation of Aviation Field Operation Safety Program.
  • Provide advice and support to aviation staff in other offices including active and timely dissemination of necessary information.
  • Build productive professional relationships with stakeholders, including WFP AFOs and senior managers, other UN agencies, Air Operator Certificate Holders, professional aviation organizations and regulatory bodies.
  • Deliver safety trainings and/or seminars to achieve higher working standards.
  • Effectively manage staff including active participation in planning and assessing staff performance and development.
  • Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.
  • Other as required.






  • First University degree in Aeronautics, Aviation Engineering or Airport
    Management, Air Transport Management, Aviation Quality Assurance or other relevant field. Training and knowledge of aviation is an essential qualification, preferably with airline pilot licence, commercial pilot licence, engineering licence, or air traffic controller’s licence.




  • Typically, ten (10) years or more of progressively responsible professional postgraduate experience in commercial aviation, out of which at least three or more years of experience is with safety or quality assurance programs.
  • Job-related experience in working in the field of commercial aviation. Preferably that at least two years or more closely related to humanitarian air operations or food aid-related work.
  • Demonstrated leadership in safety or quality assurance programs.




  • Fluency (level C) in the English language. 
  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or Portuguese (A WFP’s working language




You have:


  • Broad specialized knowledge of the principles and practices related to aviation safety and assurance programs.
  • In-depth knowledge of occurrence reporting systems at the operational level.
  • Knowledge of Aircraft Accident Investigation.
  • Ability to plan, design, and deliver training programs.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills with a broad range of audiences and ability to influence senior managers.
  • Ability to manage, develop, and coach staff.
  • Knowledge of UN/WFP-specific processes and systems.




These are the common standards of behaviour that guide HOW we work together to accomplish our mission.


Leads by Example with Integrity Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork Applies Strategic Thinking Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships

Lives the WFP values and shows humanity and integrity by role modelling care for others

Delivers on commitments and adapts readily to change

Is inclusive and collaborative, and contributes to a culture of learning and personal growth

Demonstrates commitment to gather perspectives, analyse options and risks, and propose new ways of doing things

Builds and nurtures  external partnerships and collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives


Different expectations of behaviour are defined depending on your grade and role/responsibilities within WFP.




  • This is an International Professional position and is open to all nationalities.
  • Mobility is and continues to be, a core contractual requirement in WFP.
  • The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term as well as a rotational contract with a probationary period of one year.
  • WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel, visa and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, a pension plan, and medical insurance. For more information, visit
  • The selected candidate will be required to relocate to Johannesburg, South Africa to take up this assignment




  • We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete, and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, language skills and UN Grade (if applicable).
  • Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application.
  • Please make sure you upload your professional CV in the English language
  • Kindly note the only documents you will need to submit at this time are your CV and Cover Letter
  • Additional documents such as passport, recommendation letters, academic certificates, etc. may potentially be requested at a future time
  • Please contact us at in case you face any challenges with submitting your application
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified



All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.