Air Operations Assistant, Cali, Colombia At United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia

Closing date: Friday, 20 October 2023



Department/Office: United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia

Duty Station: CALI

Posting Period: 14 September 2023 – 20 October 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Transportation-UNVMC-218084-R-Cali (M)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and ReportingThis position is located in the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia (UNVMC). The Air Operations Assistant will be based in Cali, Colombia. The incumbent will report to the Chief Mission Air Operations Center (MAOC).


Within delegated authority, the Air Operations Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:

  •  Assists in planning and coordinating routine (regular passenger/cargo, logistics resupply) flights, special (casualty and medical evacuation, VIP) flights, military operational flights, and other air transportation activities.
  •  Review Air Mission Requests (ATRs) and advises the supervisor on the most suitable air asset(s) to be assigned to a task to achieve maximum safety, cost efficiency and effectiveness in the mission support.
  •  Complies with the daily projected Air Tasking Order (ATOs) by the requested tasks; publishes and communicates ATOs to all relevant elements per the established procedures and deadlines.
  •  Participates in coordinating the integrated search and rescue operations for UN air assets and other aircraft upon request.
  •  Handles and coordinates diplomatic overflight/landing clearances, ground handling support and hotel accommodation/meal/transportation arrangements for aircrews.
  •  Proposes and plans aircraft parking locations in coordination with local airport authorities, MovCon and the landing/unloading team and helps to ensure that the ramp area is clear of items that could cause Foreign Object Debris (FOD) damage.
  •  Monitors fuel upload and ensures that refueling operations are following the host country and safety standard procedures.
  •  Carries out the handling, loading and processing of dangerous cargo as per ICAO, CAA, IATA and UN established regulations, policies and procedures.
  •  Review aircraft weight, balances record, loads manifests and report any irregularities.
  •  Verifies cargo manifest.
  •  Monitors and ensures that aircraft are properly parked as per ICAO, CAA, IATA and UN regulations, policies and procedures.
  •  Monitors passengers embarking and disembarking in coordination with MovCon personnel and local airport staff.
  •  Monitor ramp access per guidance contained in the UN Aviation Manual and local directives.
  •  Ensures that all UNVMC policies are applied and followed thoroughly across all processes, including adherence to UNVMC code of conduct and ethics, and integrates a gender-sensitive approach in all functions.
  •  Performs other related duties as required.

CompetenciesProfessionalism: 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects 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.

EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent is required.

Job – Specific QualificationTechnical or vocational certificate in Air Transportation, Safety Management, Air Traffic Control or graduated from equivalent military establishment or military/air traffic control training is required.

Work ExperienceA minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in air transportation operations or related fields is required. The minimum years of relevant experience is reduced to five (5) years for candidates who possess a first-level university degree or higher. Experience in the use of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards and recommended practices is desirable. Experience in the development and implementation of the safety and quality management systems is desirable.

LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in both English and Spanish is required. NOTE: Fluency equals a rating of “fluent” in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and “knowledge of” equals a rating of “confident” in two of the four areas.

AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special NoticeThis position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. Applicants for positions in the General Service and related categories must be authorized to work for the United Nations in the duty station where the position is located. Eligible applicants selected from outside the duty station are responsible for any expenses in connection with their relocation to the duty station. Staff members subject to local recruitment are not eligible for allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment. At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

United Nations ConsiderationsAccording to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process. The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General. Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage. The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.



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