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IPAV - 189-9 National Aviation Security (AVSEC) Expert (Prospective Post)
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
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The ICAO Programme for Aviation Volunteers (IPAV) provides a framework for the deployment of aviation professionals, working as volunteers, to respond to emergencies affecting the aviation system in a State, to develop capabilities in the implementation of ICAO SARPs, and to foster self-reliance and growth. Volunteerism is universal and has been used as a powerful tool to make significant contributions to economic and social development. As with other volunteer programmes, volunteerism in the aviation sector seeks to accomplish the goal of bringing benefits to both the client States and the volunteers. The client States will benefit from the wealth of experience of the volunteer. The volunteer on the other hand will have the opportunity to maintain and possibly update his/her skills and make valuable contributions to the development of civil aviation. Activities under this programme are intended to complement other initiatives that address the challenges faced by some States in meeting their obligations under the Chicago Convention.

The ICAO Programme for Aviation Volunteers, is part of a larger ICAO strategy for assisting States in addressing shortcomings identified during audits, in order to achieve high levels of effective implementation of ICAO SARPs.

Under the direction of the Director, Technical Cooperation Bureau/ICAO, the Field Operation Section is the responsible for the strategic planning, development, execution, evaluation of Projects in TCB. The Section assists with the identification of priority development requirements across civil aviation and with technical cooperation to recipient States. It carries out resources mobilization with multilateral and bilateral development partners and industry and develops regional and country specific technical cooperation programme and projects. The Section executes these programmes and projects in accordance with the polices of ICAO.



  1. A first level university degree in security or related field is required
  2. At least six years of experience in an airline, airport, government or civil aviation organization with supervisory and instructional experience in air and ground security matters.
  3. Proven experience in the planning, organization and implementation of security practices for the safeguarding of civil aviation, aerodromes and facilities, appreciation of the legal basis of AVSEC and restricted articles regulations.
  4. Knowledge of the principles of operation and use of security devices and equipment including surveillance, detection and intrusion alarm systems in relation to purely domestic, mixed and international regulations.
  5. Ability to organize and implement bomb threat response procedures. anti-hijacking procedures and other aerodrome security measures.
  6. Working knowledge of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) relevant to the Aviation Security specialty; i.e., ICAO Annex 17 to the Convention on ICAO (Chicago Convention), ICAO Security Manual for the Safeguarding of Civil Aviation from Acts of Unlawful Interference (Doc 8973).
  7. Familiarity with ICAO AVSEC Training Programme and ICAO Annexes 6, 9, 14 and 18.
  8. Experience of working in the environment of a developing country is desirable.
  9. A good command of oral and written English, French or Spanish is essential.


Core Competencies:


Professionalism: 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.

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.

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.

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.


Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

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.

Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.

Commitment to Continuous Learning: Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.


Managerial Competencies:

Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

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.


1. Assess the adequacy of existing aviation security arrangements and organization in the country taking into account the position of the State as it concerns ratification of the Tokyo, The Hague and Montreal Conventions and the need to strike a balance between AVSEC measures and facilitation of air travel.

2. Correct AVSEC deficiencies as revealed by the Universal ICAO Aviation Security Programme.

3. Advise on planning and assignment of responsibilities, establishment of Aviation Security Units and the organization required to develop or improve an Aviation Security Programme, including any particular security problems of specific aerodromes.

4. Develop the details of a Security Plan and further Aviation Security documentation, where required.

5. Review security measures presently in use for the protection of mail and air cargo, cooperation with other States and private security agencies where relevant. Advise and develop guidelines for inclusion in the National Civil Aviation Security Programme (NCASP).

6. Review security measures taken aboard aircraft in flight and anti-hijacking procedures, security devices and systems used, information and intelligence collection and dissemination procedures.

7. Produce planning documentation in a format for subsequent inclusion in the NCASP.

8. Propose any AVSEC-related organization and manpower development plans for inclusion in the NCASP, including cost estimates and training plans.

9. Organize, prepare and present training courses.

10. Perform other related duties as may be required.


Nominal Fee of USD 1. DSA and Airfare apply if required to be on mission.

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