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Assistant Air Operations Officer
 Vacancy No: UNITAMS-JO-KHARTOUM-2021-54
 Section/Unit: Aviation Unit
 Grade Level: NO-A (Fixed-Term) Post is available as of 1 January 2022
 Supervisor: Air Operations Officer
 No. of Post: 01
 Duty Station: Khartoum
 Duration: One year
 Closing Date: 31 Oct 2021


UNITAMS will only accept properly completed and signed Personal History Form (P.11) received before closing date. Please submit your application on the attached P.11 ONLY.  Other UN P.11 formats, incomplete P.11, CV and Resume will not be accepted, nor will late submissions after closing date.


The selected candidate will be expected to deploy in time to commence work as soon as possible.


Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected, subject to clearance of employment reference checks, security and medical.  The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.


This position is locally recruited open for Sudanese nationals only.


UNITAMS will not provide accommodation to locally recruited staff.


UNITAMS is equal employer for men and women. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

 Duties and responsibilities:

The position is located in the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS). The United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2524 (2020) authorizing the mandate of UNITAMS which is to assist the political transition, progress towards democratic governance, in the protection and promotion of human rights, and sustainable peace; support peace processes and implementation of future peace agreements; assist peacebuilding, civilian protection and rule of law, in particular in Blue Nile and South Kordofan (the Two Areas) and Darfur; and support the mobilisation of economic and development assistance and coordination of humanitarian assistance.


The position is based in Khartoum and is located in the Aviation Unit. The incumbent will report to the Air Operations Officer.



Within the limits of delegated authority, the Assistant Air Operations Officer will be responsible for performing the following duties:


  • Research, monitors, and evaluates air operations activities and ensures that they are conducted in compliance with Air Tasking Orders (ATOs), Standard Operating Procedures, UN directives, Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) Aviation Manual, ICAO, IATA, and the host country's Aeronautical Information Publications (AIPs).
  • Coordination with the host country civil and military aviation authorities to obtain Clearance from MOFA, MI, NS and SCAA.
  • Supervises, monitors, and administers all ground activities at airfields and helicopter landing sites.
  • Ensures, through the Fire Marshal, the provision of firefighting and rescue services at heliports/airfields
  • Coordinates the operations at airfields/helipads with the host country’s CAA and airports authorities.
  • Ensures that flight crews are briefed and conversant with UN policies, flight safety procedures and latest applicable aviation standard requirements.
  • Assists in carrying out Aviation Risk Management and Threat Assessment processes, as necessary for flight operations.
  • Performs flight following and flight tracking process on radio and available satellite tracking systems.
  • Assists in flight planning, scheduling, and preparation of daily flight schedules.
  • Assists in development and implementation of mission aviation standard operating procedures (SOPs) in compliance with the DPKO Aviation Manual, ICAO, IATA, and the host country's AIPs.
  • Assists in coordinating integrated Search and Rescue air operations.
  • Liaises with other Sections, international organizations / agencies on aviation matters.
  • Assists in preparing inputs, data and estimates for budget reporting and planning purposes
  • Performs other related duties as required.


 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Air Transportation/Aviation Management, Air Traffic Management, Aviation Safety Management, Aeronautical/Aerodrome Engineering, or graduation from an equivalent military educational establishment is required.

Training and certification as a Commercial Pilot, or a Flight Operations Officer/Flight Dispatcher, or an Air Traffic Controller, or an Aeronautical/Maintenance Engineer, or an Aerodrome Engineer, or a Ground Operations Officer, or an equivalent military qualification is required. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of education, professional training, certification in air transport operations, and two (2) additional years of work experience in air transport related occupation, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Work Experience:

A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in air transport operations or aviation safety on a position directly related to the coordination of air transport operations in the national or international environment is required. Knowledge of UN financial regulations and rules is desirable. Experience in the use of ICAO standards and recommended practices is desirable. Experience in international operations in a post conflict environment is desirable.



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





Professionalism: Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. 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.


Teamwork: 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.


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' needs 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 projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.



Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a written assessment followed by a competency-based interview.




  • Applicants must accurately complete, update, sign and date the attached United Nations Personal History form (P.11 ONLY and forward the duly completed signed P.11 by e-mail to:unitamsrecruitment@un.org
  • Applicants should COPY UNITAMS-JO-KHARTOUM-2021-54–Assistant Air Operations Officer the SUBJECT line of the email when submitting their signed P.11 form. UNITAMS will not consider any applications which are not received directly in the VA mailbox. Other UN P.11 formats and incomplete P.11 will not be accepted.
  • Please note that any information provided on the P.11 form will be considered binding.
  • The selected candidates will be subject to a reference checks to verify the accuracy of the information provided in the P.11 form.
  • Only applicants who are short-listed will receive an acknowledgement within two weeks from the deadline indicated on the VA.


Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.


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.


No Fee:


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