Job Vacancies Department of Field Support (DFS)
Position: Air Transport Officer
Department/ Office Department of Field Support
Duty Station NEW YORK
Closing Date: Saturday, 26 May 2012
Job Opening number 12-LOG-DFS-23341-R-NEW YORK (X)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the Department of Field Support (DFS), Office of the Assistant Secretary-General, Air Transport Section (DFS/OASG/ATS). The incumbent reports to the Chief, Air Transport Section, or his/her designated officer.
Within delegated authority, the Air Transport Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Review and monitor budget proposals for missions and air transport operations ; Assess cost estimates, review and revise draft budgets. Review, revise and endorse preparation of Letters of Assist (LOAs) relating to the provision of movement of assets by national governments; Coordinate the preparation of Invitation to Bid (ITB), ensuring that all specifications and requirements are accurate and complete.
Plan, develop and manage all procurement and contractual aspects of aviation projects of significant complexity related to worldwide procurement of diverse aviation services and commodities.
Advise requisitioning units and recipient entities on the full range of procurement issues, providing support and guidance at all stage of the procurement cycle.
Participate in negotiations/planning meetings with senior aviation supplier representatives and government officials, on both the start-up and liquidation phases of field missions, and advise on transport requirements and availability; Participate with other transport officers in DFS, Contributing Country representatives, Permanent Mission officials, military advisers, representatives of transport industry, national government representatives and others in negotiating and approving policies, procedures and operating requirements; Participate with insurance specialists in resolving problems related to insurance policies for transport.
Make recommendations on the most economical method of aircraft acquisition, by purchase, lease or contingency agreements; Advise on air transport administrative, logistics and technical support policy objectives to effectively service components; Assist in the development of air transport safety and maintenance rules and regulations; Plan the use of air transport to achieve pre-determined outcomes using cost effective and efficient methods to deliver services. Review and control all expenditures from approved air transport budgets to ensure that requirements are met within allocated funds.
Knowledge of aviation industry procurement and logistics processes; Knowledge of institutional mandates (ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices and Annexes of the Chicago Convention), policies and guidelines pertaining to air transport operations and related matters; demonstrated conscientiousness and efficiency in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems and remain calm in stressful situations; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings..
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; and demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Business Administration, Air Transport ation/Aviation Management, Aerodrome Engineering, Aviation Law, Aeronautical Engineering or other related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Air Transport Pilot License/Air Transport Rating or Air Traffic Control ler License or graduation from equivalent military air transport/air traffic control establishment is desirable.
A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience, including experience at the international level in aircraft management, aviation contracts, or air transportation required. Experience in managing international, commercial, peacekeeping or military air transport /air charter operations required..
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English required. Knowledge of a second official UN language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
This post is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval.
This position is vacant for a finite period of one (1) year only, due to the incumbent being on mission assignment, and therefore a one (1) year appointment/assignment will be granted to the selected candidate. Further extension/s of appointment will be dependent upon the return of the incumbent who maintains a lien against the post. In this regard, the selected candidate will be required to sign a memorandum of understanding to this effect. Also, if the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.
United Nations Considerations
The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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.
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