Posting Title: Programme Officer/Precis Writer, P3
Job Code Title: Technical Officer
Department/Office: International Civil Aviation Organization
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 02 May 2023 – 02 June 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Aviation-ICAO-208123-R-Montreal (R)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and ReportingAir Navigation Bureau (ANB) in ICAO is responsible for providing technical guidance to the Air Navigation Commission (ANC), the Council, and the Assembly. ANB provides technical expertise in aviation-related disciplines to States, industry and all elements of the Organization. The Bureau is also responsible for maintaining and implementing the Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP) and Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP), including its aviation system block upgrades as well as producing yearly safety and air navigation status reports. The Bureau develops technical studies and proposals for Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), and Procedures for Air Navigation Services (PANS) for further processing by the governing bodies of ICAO. The Bureau also develops related procedures and guidance material. The Bureau also manages the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) that monitors all Member States on a continuous basis. The incumbent will report to the Head of the Integrated Planning Unit (IPU) within ANB and is primarily responsible for managing the planning, coordination and scheduling of the ANC sessional work programme, preparation of minutes of meetings of the ANC, and support the planning and coordinating of ANB involvement in the ICAO Assembly and related Safety and Air Navigation high-level meetings.
Function 1 (incl. Expected results) Provides support to the Secretary of the ANC, achieving results such as:
- Manage the planning, coordination and scheduling of the sessional work programmes of the ANC, in consultation with ANB senior management, external bureaus and offices, and the Offices of the President of the Council and the Secretary General.
- Plan, coordinate and schedule meetings of the ANC, consolidating input from the President of the ANC, ANC Chairpersons, ANB management and other Secretariat members;
- Plan, coordinate and schedule technical matters to be presented to the Council, the Assembly and other high-level meetings, consolidating input from the Offices of the President, the Secretary General, from President of the ANC, ANB management and other Secretariat members;
- Identify potential risks that may delay ANC consideration and Council adoption of Annex and PANS amendments and subsequent delivery of these amendments to States, and implement mitigating action;
- Identify potential risks to the timely availability of documentation for meetings of the ANC and the Council, and implement solutions to improve or develop streamlined procedures for monitoring progress in the development of such documentation;
- Monitor the preparation of working papers, studies, etc. for the ANC, the Council and the Assembly relating to safety and air navigation matters, and managing any administrative and procedural matters as they arise;
- Prepare Minutes of ANC meetings, on the basis of notes, verbatim transcripts and/or tapes;
- Prepare corrigenda to the Minutes, and supervise the preparation of the final version of the approved Minutes of the ANC with subject index and electronic publishing;
- Provide support in the planning and scheduling of the Laurel Award Committee meetings, including preparation of relevant documentation and arrangements for the Award presentations, coordinating as necessary with the President of the Air Navigation Commission and ANB management to ensure a successful award ceremony; and
- Provide advice to the President and Members of the ANC on procedural aspects of the work of the ANC and other bodies. Function 2 (incl. Expected results) Provides support on ANB involvement with the ICAO Assembly and ANB-related High-level Meetings (Category 2), achieving results such as:
- Manage the planning and coordination of ANB preparations for, and participation in, sessions of the Assembly and High-level meetings, including in relation to the agenda, documentation, scheduling, staffing, reports, and advice on procedural matters, by managing and prioritizing the work of IPU support staff in coordination with H/IPU;
- Identify potential risks to the timely availability of Assembly and high-level meetings documentation in accordance with relevant rules, and recommend mitigating actions to H/IPU, senior management and others as necessary;
- Recommend procedures to streamline the development and monitoring of documentation related to the Assembly and high-level meetings;
- Collaborate effectively with the Offices of the President, the Secretary General, senior ICAO management, and chairpersons of the Assembly and High-level meetings, to ensure the efficient conduct of relevant ICAO meetings. Function 3 (incl. Expected results) Manages and coordinates bureau-wide procedural projects within ANB, achieving results such as:
- Keep abreast of issues that impact procedures and processes and coordinate as needed the amendment of general administrative and procedural instructions and ANB Secretariat Instructions (ANSI);
- Communicate procedural changes with ANB staff and others, including Office of the President, Office of the Secretary General, and President of the ANC;
- Analyse the internal administrative and procedural workflows of the ANB and develop improvements with a view to increasing overall efficiency. Function 4 (incl. Expected results) Analyses and reviews proposals related to the planning and coordinating of ANB input to the programme of ICAO Meetings, achieving results such as:
- Coordinate information from ANB Management and ANC members on matters related to ICAO Meetings in Category 1 (Assembly Sessions and Diplomatic Conferences), Category 2 (Divisional Meetings, Regional Air Navigation Meetings, and Conferences), Category 3 (Panels, Committees and Groups) and Category 4 (Seminars and Symposia);
- Analyse expected deliverables from meetings to plan for Annex and PANS amendment proposals and their consideration by the ANC;
- Participate in the planning and scheduling of ICAO Meetings in Categories 1 to 4, described above, in coordination with the appropriate ANB focal point;
- Establish timelines for meeting preparations and identify potential risks to the successful achievement of those timelines through the use of project management tools. Function 5 (incl. Expected results) Manages and coordinates ANB input to the Annual Report of the Council and other documents, including the sessional work programmes of the Council, sessional reports on Council Decisions for Action (CDFAs), achieving results such as:
- Collect technical input from ANB Sections for the Annual Report and other documents and assess its suitability for inclusion in the Annual Report and other documents;
- Edit and rewrite technical input for the Annual Report and other documents for clarity, as appropriate for each , write and edit technical input from ANB to the Annual Report of the Council, which provides States and others concerned with an overview of ICAO’s work during the year under review; and
- Draft and/or edit text for other documents such as State letters, electronic bulletins, Council working papers, ANC working papers and speeches. Function 6 (incl. Expected results) Performs other related duties, as assigned.
CompetenciesProfessionalism: Ability to synthesize and consolidate different points of view from complex technical meetings. 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. 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. 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. Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches. 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.
EducationA first-level university degree in business administration, management or in a related field is required.
- A minimum of six (6) years’ experience in supporting programme requirements and practices related to international civil aviation, preferably in the safety and/or air navigation area, including project management and administration is required.
- Experience in technical writing and editing of complex technical documents is required.
- Experience in supervising and coordinating the work of staff, when necessary is required.
- Experience in supporting the work of ICAO governing bodies, such as Council or the ANC is required.
- Experience in planning and coordinating documentation in multiple languages for high-level technical conferences is required.
- Experience in servicing international meetings, seminars, symposia or projects, and in preparing working documentation, including technical reports, studies and publications, for such events/activities is required.
- Fluent reading, writing and speaking abilities in English is required.
- A working knowledge of any other language of the Organization (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is desirable.
AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special NoticeThe ICAO Assembly recently reaffirmed its commitment to enhancing gender equality and the advancement of women by supporting UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.” Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for ICAO positions, especially in the Professional and higher level categories. It should be noted that this post is to be filled on a fixed-term basis for an initial period of 3 years (first year is probationary for an external candidate). ICAO staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the Secretary General and may be assigned to any activities or offices of the Organization, in accordance with the provisions of the ICAO service code (Staff Regulations). ICAO staff members are expected to conduct themselves in a manner befitting their status as international civil servants. In this connection, ICAO has incorporated the 2013 Standards of Conduct for the International Civil Service into the ICAO Personnel Instructions. ICAO offers an attractive benefit package to its employees in accordance with the policies of the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC). The statutory retirement age for staff entering or re-entering service after 1 January 2014 is 65. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete a term of appointment will normally be considered. Remuneration: Level P-3 Rate Net Base Salary per annum + Post Adjustment (net) per annum(*) USD 64,121 + USD $31,419 (*) Post Adjustment is subject to change.
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