UN Air Operations Officer Jobs – United Nations Department of Operational Support (DOS)


Job Title:    Air Operations Officer 

Organisation: United Nations Department of Operational Support (DOS)

Duty Station:  Entebbe, Uganda

Job Opening number: 21-Transportation-DOS-145753-J-Entebbe (O)

Reports to: Chief, Air Transport Service, Logistics

Grade: P3


About US:

The Department of Operational Support was established to provide operational advisory services to client entities across the Secretariat, including other departments, offices away from headquarters, field missions, and regional commissions.



Key Duties and Responsibilities: Within delegated authority, the Air Operations Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Manage and administer all provision of support activities related to airfields projects and equipment.
  • Plan, review and develop airfield infrastructure in close coordination with missions to be served and UNHQ in the areas of Management Service Agreement, Air Traffic Management/Communication Navigation System and Aviation Ground Support Equipment.
  • Provide assistance to oversee the management of airfield development plan and rehabilitation projects for field missions in collaboration with ICAO.
  • Provision of training of staff to conduct airfield and ground handling, pallet loading, helicopter under-slung loads, cargo handling operations, including use of airport fire vehicles, aviation ground support equipment and main handling equipment.
  • Lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff and design training skills enhancement initiatives to ensure effective transfer of skills.
  • Negotiate and coordinate with relevant stakeholders for the repair and maintenance of aprons, runways, helipads, taxiways, hangars, UN air terminal buildings, airfield access, fuel farms, lighting stands, drainage, grass cutting, bird control, fencing, for services, air traffic control structures, air navigation aids, GNSS and other infrastructure needs.
  • Conduct periodic inspections of airfields and helipads of the mission area and establish relationships with the personnel of ground handling companies and Civil Aviation Authorities.
  • Establish systems contracts for all types of airfields, air terminal and air/ground support equipment for field mission(s) support.
  • Through the Fire Marshals ensure provisions of firefighting and rescue services at heliports/airfields.
  • Coordinate with the host country's airports authority and Civil Aviation Authority on issues and matters concerning operation of airfields/helipads.
  • Monitor the physical state of landing sites helipads, assigned buildings, hangars and other relevant assets.
  • Ensure accurate placement of all helipad firefighting equipment and proper grounds maintenance.
  • Ensure that proper refueling facilities are provided and procedures are in place.
  • Through the meteorological officer/assistant ensure that meteorological services are available at the airfield/helipad.
  • Provide advice of any landing Zone surface problems
  • Perform other functions as assigned by the Chief TMICC.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations Department of Operational Support (DOS) Air Operations Officer job should hold an advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Air Transportation/Aviation Management, Aviation Safety Management, Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering, or graduation from an equivalent military educational establishment is required. A first-level university degree in one of the above specified fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Commercial Pilot License (CPL), Air Traffic Control License (ATC), Flight Operations Officer License or Aeronautical Engineer or Maintenance Engineer License, or an equivalent license from the military air transport establishment is required. An Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) or its military equivalent is desirable.
  • At least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in air transport operations or aviation safety, with at least five (3) years of managerial experience on a position directly related to the coordination of complex air transport operations in the international environment is required.
  • Experience in aviation safety and aviation quality management is desirable.
  • Experience in the use of ICAO standards and recommended practices is desirable.
  • Experience in managing international air transport operations in a field operation of the United Nations (inclusive of peacekeeping operations, special political missions, agencies, funds and programmes), or of other similar international organizations is desirable.
  • Languages: fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.



  • Professionalism: Knowledge of diverse air transport operations, including phases on the Invitation to Bid, Request for Proposals, Letters of Assist, etc. Ability to review alternative options and select most effective and cost efficient mode of transport of equipment, supplies and personnel to and from field missions. Ability to provide technical leadership; strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to transport operations and related matters. Ability to complete in-depth analyses and to formulate conclusions and recommendations. Knowledge of UN financial regulations and rules. 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.
  • Planning & 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.
  • 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' need 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 project; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


How to Apply:

All candidates who wish to join the United Nations Department of Operational Support (DOS)

should apply online at the link below.


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Deadline: 28th March 2021


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