Air Drop Officer at International Committee of the Red Cross

On Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organisation with the exclusively humanitarian mission to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence and to provide them with assistance. 
It also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening International Humanitarian Law and universal humanitarian principles.

The ICRC’s Regional Delegation in Nairobi co-ordinates the institution’s humanitarian activities in Kenya, Tanzania and Djibouti. 
It also runs regional specialist units that provide support and expertise to the ICRC’s delegations in Africa.

The Regional Delegation in Nairobi is seeking for an experienced and highly motivated person to fill the position of; 

Air Drop Officer  (posted in South Sudan delegation)

Function Responsibilities:

  • Setting up of Drop Zones to receive food commodities by air drops;
  • Ensure drop zone markings are correct and in place and in clear vision for aircraft;
  • Ensure drop zone is secure and free from people and live stock before each drop;
  • Ensures that the ICRC staff and daily workers are briefed on procedures and sequence of events before each drop;
  • Confirm the drop schedule and load for each drop with the AOM (Juba) and ICRC team on ground;
  • Ensure proper radio communications are possible between aircraft and ground;
  • Pass on local weather conditions prior to flight departure as well as when making contact with aircraft before drop;
  • Stop the drop if there is any infringement of parameters or conditions for dropping or if any doubt to safety of aircraft or people/live stock on ground;
  • Co-ordinates; all activities on ground at the drop zone and supervision of daily workers hired for the purpose of collecting the air-dropped food commodities; 
  • Responsible for communication between; drop zone, aircraft and assist in communication of procedures and security of the drop zone to the local community;
  • Coordinates the retrieval of dropped commodities and storage thereof after the drop;
  • Keeps Air Ops Manager informed about any delay, irregularity and/or security breach that may jeopardize the operation of the ICRC aircraft and the safety of the air drops.
Minimum Requirements
  • Diploma in aviation and/or combination of education, professional training, certification in air transport, and experience in air transportation related occupation required;
  • Additional vocational training in logistics or aviation an asset;
  • Minimum age : 25 years;
  • A minimum of (2) years of  progressively responsible work experience with an airline, flight department or airport or in a similar field of expertise;
  • Experience with a Humanitarian agency would be an advantage;
  • Fluency in English is required including knowledge of aviation technical terminology, Arabic would be an asset;
  • Advanced level in computer skills including working knowledge of Flight planning and Flight departure Control system;
  • Good knowledge in radio communication.
  • Skilled in the following competencies: Adapting & Learning, Team Work, Planning, Organisation & Assessment; Communication and Networking.
Other Requirements:
  • Good; organizational, interpersonal, communication and analytical skills;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team;
  • Ability to work and leave in remote field areas with basic leaving conditions
  • Flexibility to work under pressure.
Interested and qualified persons, with the required experience are invited to submit their application to the head of Human Resources on the below address, before 3rd April, 2015.
(Indicate the position title on the subject line).

Please include; Detailed Curriculum Vitae, Copies of Certificates, Current and Expected remuneration and contact details of three referees. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification

International Committee of the Red Cross,
Nairobi Regional Delegation, 

Denis Pritt Road, 
P.O.Box 73226, Nairobi, 00200,
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