World Food Programme (WFP)

Senior Aviation Safety Associate

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description


WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.



This job is located in the Regional Aviation Safety office in Sharjah and reports to the Regional Aviation Safety Officer (RASO).


WFP is committed to promote and standardize the safety of WFP aviation. This position is required to support the Chief Aviation Safety Unit (CASU) and RASO in developing and implementing effective strategies, regulatory frameworks and processes to ensure aviation activities in WFP operations achieve the highest practicable level of safety.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1. Aviation Safety Activity – reporting to the RASO.
    • Ensure the effectiveness of the aviation safety program and Data Collection in the region,
    • identify aviation safety hazards and ensure that accurate reporting is in place and that all relevant records are maintained;
    • Perform the follow-up and Analysis of occurrences using different RASO methods.
2. Aviation Safety Promotion Activities – reporting to the RASO:
    • Organise with the team the ASU facilitated safety promotion trainings and workshops for WFP staff and external attendee worldwide;
    • Contribute to various workshops and conferences (Annual Global Humanitarian Aviation Conference (GHAC), the regional safety campaigns and seminars worldwide and WFP participation at Dubai, MEBAA, Singapore and Paris air show etc) and seek opportunities for WFP visibility at the events as required;
    • Support RASO in sourcing sponsorships for events and generate interest in the general public and other non-related aviation companies towards supporting the aviation training sessions through drafting proposals and letters of interest
3. Aviation Safety Training focal point – reporting to the CASU through RASO:
    • Design and develop online trainings and make them available in the WFP learning management system for the identified customers;
    • Implement and manage the online training with the WFP learners and keep and updated register of staff which have completed the assigned trainings;
    • Provide learners with remote support on any required troubleshooting;
    • Advise CASU through RASO on latest developments on online aviation safety training in the aviation industry for its implementation within WFP aviation system.
4. General responsibilities on Administrative and Finance functions:
    • Support RASO meetings with operators, CAA’s, etc. when required;
    • Assist RASO to prepare the ASU regional office budget and the correspondent report annually including expenditure update monthly;
    • Support Regional Aviation Safety office in Sharjah on procurement issues when required.


Education: First University degree with additional years of relevant work experience and/or training/courses.

Experience: Four or more years of progressively responsible related work experience in hazard identification and risk mitigation.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English language.

Knowledge & Skills: 

  • Experience using aviation safety Information Systems to compile data and perform analyses on potential aviation risks (ECCAIRS).

  • Experience identifying Aviation safety hazards and in Aviation Risk Management.



  • Coaches team in the most effective ways to communicate WFP’s Strategic Objectives to WFP team and partners in the field.

  • Implements new methods or tools to improve team’s work processes and productivity.

  • Maps team’s activities and tasks to specific successes in beneficiary communities to showcase positive impact.

  • Explains to teammates how each unit contributes to the overall WFP mission.


  • Identifies skill development opportunities such as training modules or on-the-job experiences for self, colleagues and direct reports.

  • Facilitates team building activities to build rapport in own unit.

  • Facilitates the pairing of junior colleagues with coaches within own team.

  • Proactively anticipates potential challenges and develops mitigation plans to ensure that team meets goals and targets.


  • Identifies opportunities to be creative in own work and to help team be more innovative and accurate in their respective tasks and areas of work.

  • Monitors team’s deliverables and provides feedback to ensure outcomes are delivered consistently and accurately.

  • Provides accurate guidance to team on expected responsibilities and tasks, whilst also upholding own commitment to the team.

  • Sets an example and provides guidance to junior team members on when to escalate issues when faced with challenging issues in the workplace or in the field.


  • Facilitates partnerships with other WFP units to accomplish missions in the field.

  • Sets an example and provides guidance to team on how to build relationships with external partners.

  • Articulates to colleagues or direct reports the value of contributing to other WFP teams and agency partnerships in fulfilling WFP’s goals and objectives.

  • Organizes, monitors, and prioritizes own and team’s efforts to ensure that they will fulfill the needs of internal and external partners.


• Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

• Only those candidates shortlisted will be notified.


18 June 2020.

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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