Chief, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Section, ANB
- Organization: ICAO - International Civil Aviation Organization
- Location: Remote | Montreal
- Grade: Senior level - P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
- Aviation and Air traffic (planning/management/services)
- Managerial positions
- Closing Date: Closed
Org. Setting and Reporting
The Air Navigation Bureau (ANB) in ICAO is responsible for providing technical guidance to the Air Navigation Commission (ANC), the Council, and the Assembly. ANB provides technical expertise in aviation-related disciplines to States, industry and all elements of the Organization. The Bureau is also responsible for maintaining and implementing the Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP) and Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP), including its aviation system block upgrades as well as producing yearly safety and air navigation status reports. The Bureau develops technical studies and proposals for Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), and Procedures for Air Navigation Services (PANS) for further processing by the governing bodies of ICAO. The Bureau also develops related procedures and guidance material. The Bureau also manages the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) that monitors all Member States on a continuous basis.
Chiefs of Section are responsible for all aspects of the work programme(s) under their responsibility, and work collaboratively with other Chiefs within and outside the Bureau, Deputy Directors, Regional Directors, and other stakeholders, as needed, to ensure a coordinated approach to the implementation of the assigned work programme(s). Incumbents provide management oversight of their assigned Sections and inputs for the development and revision of the related policies and procedures. Programme and policy guidance, and operational framework objectives and resources are provided by their supervisors.
The Chief, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), reports to the Deputy Director, Air Navigation and Aviation Safety. C/RPAS is the focal point within the Organization for unmanned/remotely piloted aviation and advanced air mobility and is responsible for managing and coordinating developments in these areas. Coordination of such activities involves interaction with other Sections, Bureaus as well as the Regional Offices. S/he supervises all Professional and General Service staff of the Section and is responsible for his/her actions and decisions as well as for the quality of services delivered by all staff members of the Section.
Function 1 (incl. Expected results)
Leads and manages the Organization’s strategy/work programme in the area of unmanned/remotely piloted aviation and advanced air mobility, in coordination and collaboration with other Section Chiefs, and in consultation with the Regional Offices, achieving results such as:
• Lead the development and delivery of ICAO’s initiatives intended to address relevant priorities/issues identified by States, industry, and/or other stakeholders in the unmanned/remotely piloted aviation and advanced air mobility (AAM) sectors.
• Identify relevant emerging trends at the global and regional levels and develop an appropriate response to mitigate any associated risks.
• Liaise and coordinate with various Bureaus, internal and external Sections and entities on matters related to the work programme and technical disciplines of the Section.
• Provide specialist advice and guidance on the inclusion of unmanned/remotely piloted aviation and advanced air mobility into the GANP and GASP, and other plans and documents, as appropriate.
• Provide effective and efficient support to the governance and technical deliberative bodies of the Organization, including the Assembly, the Council, Committees, Panels, Study Groups and relevant working groups, and any other constituent bodies related to unmanned/remotely piloted aviation and advanced air mobility.
• Promote and oversee States’ compliance with relevant Annex(es) of the SARPs.
• Develop strategies to ensure the continued availability of competent and well-trained personnel in all domains relevant to the programme.
Function 2 (incl. Expected results)
Leads and manages the development of proposals and timelines related to the amendment and implementation of provisions in the relevant Annex(es) to the ICAO Convention and related ICAO documents, guidance materials, and circulars, achieving results such as:
• Ensure the development of appropriate recommendations to address relevant issues raised by States and international organizations on aspects of civil aviation.
• Supervise the preparation and analysis of proposals for amendment of relevant Annex(es), associated guidance material, and procedures to reflect/address operational needs, new trends, and technological developments.
• Oversee related amendments to other documents, such as manuals, to facilitate the implementation of Annex requirements.
• Coordinate and supervise the development of action plans to address emerging issues.
• Supervise the development of provisions necessary for the implementation of regulatory and operational improvements; oversee the finalization, publication and implementation of agreed provisions.
• Maintain the currency and accuracy of relevant Annexes and procedures.Ensure all staff are kept abreast of significant trends and technological developments in the fields related to the work programme.
Function 3 (incl. Expected results)
Manages and supervises the development and presentation of working papers for the ICAO Council, the Air Navigation Commission (ANC) and international meetings on matters related to initiatives in the unmanned/remotely piloted aviation and advanced air mobility areas, achieving results such as:
• Ensure the accurate preparation and delivery of comprehensive working papers, State letters and other documentation required to present or defend Annex amendment proposals to the ANC and ICAO Council.Provide comprehensive working papers to facilitate technical discussions during ICAO meetings and conferences.
• Lead and/or participate in the discussion of such papers and provide information regarding the work programmes and technical disciplines of the Section, as required.
• Coordinate and ensure the necessary follow-up on actions resulting from the discussion of papers and related recommendations, decisions or outcomes reached during panel and working group meetings.
Function 4 (incl. Expected results)
Manages and supervises the development and conduction of symposia, workshops, training courses, and tools to support States and Regional Offices related to initiatives in the unmanned/remotely piloted aviation and advanced air mobility areas, achieving results such as:
• Develop strategic plan for the organization and conduct of symposia and workshops, taking into consideration emerging trends in the subject areas, needs identified by Member States, United Nations aviation entities, international organizations and industry.
• Ensure the timely preparation of event programmes, administrative and logistical requirements for executive approval; and coordination of hosting agreements for events hosted outside of Montreal HQ.
• Coordinate with Global Aviation Training (GAT) and serve as technical expert for the development of training courses in support of the evolving ICAO technical developments in the unmanned/remotely piloted aviation and AAM areas. Deliver briefings, working papers and other documentation to support meetings and conferences.
• Supervise the development of tools to facilitate States’ in meeting their obligations under the Chicago Convention.
• Promote information exchange between HQ and Regional Offices to ensure situational awareness, monitor progress against work plans, and orient Regional Officers on developments in policy and programme activity.
• Supervise assistance provided by the Section to technical cooperation projects, including the review of ensuing technical reports.
Function 5 (incl. Expected results)
Serves as the ICAO subject matter expert on matters related to unmanned/remotely piloted aviation and advanced air mobility, achieving results such as:
• Act as ICAO subject matter expert on matters related to the work programme, and provide recommendations for mitigation of possible risks.
• Direct the preparation of technical studies, publications and correspondence for transmittal to Contracting States and international organizations; ensure all documentation is of high quality and consistent with ICAO policies.
• Provide specialist advice and guidance to States, the ANC, the Council, ICAO Bureaus, Sections and Regional Offices to facilitate informed decision-making and ensure the implementation of the provisions contained in the relevant Annex(es) and other ICAO documents.
• Act as a focal point to United Nations aviation entities, stakeholder organizations and groups on matters related to the programme.
• Oversee the planning, organization, and delivery of seminars, meetings, conferences, and/or symposia on the related subject matter.
• Manage study group meetings to produce guidance on the development of new SARPs.
• Undertake missions to States and represent ICAO at international meetings, and on other platforms, to promote ICAO’s policies, strategies and provisions in the relevant field(s).
• Collaborate with UN organizations on the formulation of global standards and policies, for enhanced knowledge-sharing and data exchange.
Function 6 (incl. Expected results)
Leads, manages, and supervises the work and staff of the Section, achieving results such as:
• Develop and manage the overall work plan of the Section.
• Coordinate the execution of work activities and ensure their efficient performance, as well as their alignment with ICAO Strategic Objectives, policies, regulations and business plans.
• Plan and allocate budget and work assignments; ensure effective utilization of resources assigned to the Section; integrate reporting processes into all Section activities.
• Provide guidance and supervision to the staff assigned of the Section; coach, mentor, and manage performance evaluation of staff.
• Proactively identify and resolve issues that impede the effective and efficient conduct of the activities of the Section.
• Oversee the orderly and safe conduct of missions carried out by Section staff and short-term experts engaged by ICAO.
• Oversee the review and control of working papers, reports, briefings, news releases and other deliverables emanating from the Section.
Function 7 (incl. Expected results)
Develops capacity-building partnerships and attracts voluntary contributions/resources, achieving results such as:
• Lead integrated HQ-Regional Office planning, delivery, assessment, and reporting of related technical assistance and capacity development projects and activities.
• Build constructive and productive relationships with the donor community, notably the States, international and regional organizations, and industry members in a position to offer resources, including through secondments.
• Develop and prepare ICAO strategies and proposals to mobilize resources.
• Negotiate with States, Regional Offices and other donors to secure capacity-building agreements and partnerships.
• Identify opportunities to obtain extra-budgetary resources to address new and evolving assistance projects.
• Stimulate partnerships with other international and regional organizations and with industry to promote the implementation of relevant Annex(es) and guidance material.
Function 8 (incl. Expected results)
Performs other related duties, as assigned.
Professionalism: Knowledge of the Convention on International Civil Aviation and its Annexes, ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and their application. Understanding of ICAO’s Strategic Objectives and its global and regional aviation plans. Thorough knowledge of unmanned/remotely piloted aviation and advanced air mobility. Ability to work in a team environment, ensuring that objectives and timelines are met. Ability to deal with complex issues with diplomacy, tact and maturity of judgement. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. 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 the 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.
Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands; provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
Managing Performance: 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.
Judgement/Decision-making: 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.
• An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or academic equivalent) in an aviation-related field, or a scientific or technical discipline is required.
• A minimum of twelve (12) years’ experience in senior positions in the field of aviation safety, air navigation, air transport, or a related area, with an international or regional organization, national government, or major service provider (airport, airline, or air navigation services provider), or the aviation industry is required.
• Five (5) years of experience in the development and delivery of initiatives aimed at enhancing civil aviation at the international or regional level is required.
• Experience in developing, implementing or overseeing ICAO SARPs, policies, procedures and guidance material is required.
• Experience in strategic and operational planning, processes and documentation, and programme development is required.
• Experience in managing and supervising a diverse team is required.
• Experience in the management of projects/programmes at national, regional, or international levels is desirable.
• Experience in the development and delivery of training is desirable.
• Experience in conducting and delivering services to international meetings is desirable.
• Experience in policy negotiations and public relations is desirable.
Fluent reading, writing and speaking abilities in English is required.
A working knowledge of any other language of the Organization (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
The ICAO Assembly recently reaffirmed its commitment to enhancing gender equality and the advancement of women by supporting UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.”
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for ICAO positions, especially in the Professional and higher level categories.
It should be noted that this post is to be filled on a fixed-term basis for an initial period of 3 years (first year is probationary for an external candidate).
ICAO staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the Secretary General and may be assigned to any activities or offices of the Organization, in accordance with the provisions of the ICAO service code (Staff Regulations).
ICAO staff members are expected to conduct themselves in a manner befitting their status as international civil servants. In this connection, ICAO has incorporated the 2013 Standards of Conduct for the International Civil Service into the ICAO Personnel Instructions.
ICAO offers an attractive benefit package to its employees in accordance with the policies of the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC).
The statutory retirement age for staff entering or re-entering service after 1 January 2014 is 65. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete a term of appointment will normally be considered.
Remuneration: Level P-5 Rate Net Base Salary per annum + Post Adjustment (net) per annum(*)
USD 92,731 + USD 42,192
(*) Post Adjustment is subject to change.
United Nations Considerations
In accordance with ICAO Staff Regulations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Due regard shall be paid to the importance of recruiting staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible and ensuring equal gender representation. Subject to the foregoing, selection of staff members shall be made without distinction as to race, sex or religion, nor shall there be any discrimination on account of any disability of a candidate who meets the qualifications required to perform the tasks. Unless otherwise permitted under the ICAO Staff Regulations, appointment and promotion of staff members shall be made on a competitive basis.
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