Assistant Director, Safety and Flight Operations – Safety Focus at International Air Transport Association (IATA)

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing some 275 airlines comprising 83% of global air traffic. We support many areas of aviation activity and help formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues. IATA’s mission is to represent, lead, and serve the airline industry. We help airlines to operate safely, securely, efficiently, and economically under clearly defined standards and regulations. Professional support is provided to all industry stakeholders with a wide range of products and expert services.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Assistant Director, Safety and Flight Operations - Safety FocusJob ID: 8948Location: Lagos, NigeriaPosition Category: Commercial and/or TechnicalContract Duration: PermanentEmployment Type: Full Time - PermanentTravel Required: YesWhat we are looking for in IATA Africa and the Middle EastIn order to deliver more value to our members and customers, to overcome our unique regional geographical and operational challenges, and to maximize the opportunities we have across the region, we are constantly looking for leadership talent in our Africa and Middle East region. Currently we are looking for a Subject Matter Expert who is:Accountable for advocating airline positions on Aviation Safety and Flight Operations taking into account IATA’s global, Operations Committee (OPC) and Regional Coordination Groups (RCG) initiativesResponsible for safety related activities in the assigned cluster with a focus on International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Regional Aviation Safety (RASG) activitiesResponsible for enhancing airline operational safety and helping to facilitate the implementation of IATA Safety and Flight Operations objectives.ResponsibilitiesRegional Safety and Flight Operations Delivery:In collaboration with Account Managers, establish and maintain close working relationships with Civil Aviation Administrations, Air Navigation Service providers, ICAO Office representation, relevant inter-governmental agencies and with other associations within the clusterAct on behalf of IATA member airlines to advocate safe, efficient and cost effective operations in accordance with IATA's Industry Priorities and objectives and promote IATA requirements, technical and operational policies, products and services to agencies within the region;Promote industry best practices to help establish operational requirements and regional policies within the framework of IATA’s global safety and flight operations;Identify pending regulatory changes and coordinate IATA and airline input to these changes;Represent member-airlines in working closely with the regional ICAO offices, relevant government agencies and regional organization to advocate IATA technical policies and resolve operational issuesDeliver on short, medium term and long-term objectives to benefit members and the strategies required to achieve them in accordance with the association governance policy and consultation with coordination groups;Respond to tactical issues arising in day to day operations in the region;Coordinate contingency measures in case of disruptions, advise members on available courses of action and monitor progress;Cluster Delivery - Safety:Work with airlines to implement strategies as per IATA 6 points -safety programs;Directly support the creation of new industry initiatives to enhance safety and efficiency including work to mitigate aviation's impact on the environmentDrive the Implementation of the IATA audit programs including the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operators;Manage projects related to Safety and Flight Operations supporting, leading and driving IATA e.g. Global Aviation Data Database, assisting airlines to prepare for IOSA  and ICAO activities, e.g. ICAO Regional Aviation Safety Group activities (RASG)e.g. Runway go teams, RASG reportAdditional Focus for Africa:Drive the implementation of the Africa Safety Strategic Improvement Action Plan/ Abuja Plan of Action and Safety.Facilitate Africa and Indian Ocean Countries’ (AFI) Incident Analysis Group (AIAG).Cluster Team Work and Expert Knowledge:Collaborate with and support the Cluster Project Team in an agile way;Partner with regional Subject Matter Experts to ensure a constant upskilling and regional capacity building;Provide timely reports to the Cluster Project Leaders regarding progress of work of the set objectivesMaintain a proactive relationship with Subject Matter Experts at Headquarter level where applicable and benefit from expert guidance;Support fostering a culture of inclusion, integrity, team spirit, strategic thinking, partnering, innovative pioneering and acting with a human touch.

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