Air Transport Specialist – Infrastructure Support Mechanism (ISM) Programme

Future Project
Field Staff, Full-Time
Commensurate with Experience 
Future Project


The The Infrastructure Support Mechanism (ISM) programme will seek to enhance policy dialogue and support coordination and cooperation between the AU and the European Union within a continent-wide infrastructure approach, by aligning programming strategies to create the regional infrastructure promoting continental interconnection with an adequate properly identified, selected and prioritized, project pipeline.


The Air Transport Specialist will be contracted for 660 days over a 36-month period, starting June 2019, and will assume responsibility for the following tasks/activities:

  • Support the African Union in the implementation of the AU Roadmap for establishment of a Single Africa Air Transport Market (SAATM) and on air transport in the PIDA processes
  • Liaise and work closely with AFCAC, NEPAD Agency, ICAO, and other aviation industry stakeholders

The Air Transport Specialist will be based out of AUC Headquarters in Addis, Ababa, with frequent travel to Dakar, Senegal.

Qualifications and skills

  • Fluent in English or French and working knowledge in the other language
  • University Master’s Degree in aeronautics, air transport economics, business administration, aviation law or a relevant, directly related discipline; or equivalent relevant professional experience (a minimum of 7 years, in addition to the required "general professional experience", can be considered as "equivalent")
  • A higher qualification will be an added advantage

General professional experience

  • At least 10 years of progressively relevant experience in sustainable air transport development, air transport policy, planning, strategy and regulation as well as programme/project management with a minimum of 5 years in senior position
  • Good knowledge of the functioning of the African Union
  • Experience in civil aviation regulations related to aviation safety, security and environmental protection to assist African States in the practical interpretation the implementation of the African Civil Aviation Policy in order to enable them to meet the requirements under the Convention on International Civil Aviation
  • Experience in working with global and regional organizations and donor/financial institutions for resource mobilization
  • Experience in air navigation and airport infrastructure project preparation, implementation and monitoring in the Region
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining databases on subjects relating to forecasting and economic regulation of air transport
  • Experience in negotiations of air service agreements and drafting of multilateral or horizontal air service air service agreements tailored to African context respecting ICAO requirements
  • Experience in multimodal transport and interaction between air transport and tourism

Specific professional experience

  • Preferably 6 but at least 3 years' experience in regional and continental civil aviation issues including issues related to the liberalization of air transport such as the Yamoussoukro Decision (YD) and its regulatory and institutional framework, the Single African Air Transport under the Agenda 2063
  • Preferably 6 but at least 3 years' experience in working with continental and/or regional organisations for the provision of technical assistance/cooperation projects and/or air transport economy and policy, and in conducting research on economic and regulatory aspects of air transport operations in civil aviation
  • Knowledge of PIDA and other continental initiatives is an advantage
  • Experience working on projects financed by the European Union is an advantage


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