189-11 Airport Inspection / Certification Safety Management Systems (SMS) Expert

Field Projects
ICAO Duty Station
ABW Post Reference

Qualifications Requirements:

1.  Tertiary or technical qualifications in an aviation engineering discipline, civil engineering surveying or equivalent qualifications and experience in aerodrome regulatory activity at a senior level in a civil aviation administration.

2.  A minimum of ten years of experience in a civil aviation sub-discipline, preferably in airport planning/design, construction, or maintenance. At least ten years experience in aerodrome operation, flight operation or air traffic control will also be acceptable provided adequate training in the essential elements of aerodrome engineering relevant to aerodrome inspection has been undertaken.

3.  A minimum of five years experience as an Aerodrome Inspector or Aviation Auditor (Aerodromes) in a civil aviation administration with hands on experience in the development of aerodrome rules and regulations, guidance material for aerodrome certification and surveillance.

4.  Detailed knowledge and understanding of established principles, practices and procedures relevant to aerodrome safety regulation function, including ICAO aerodrome standards and recommended practices, as well as associated guidance material relating to the regulation of aerodromes.

5.  Sound understanding of the requirements to support a regulatory framework for aerodrome safety oversight.

6.  Up-to-date knowledge of Annex 14 ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), guidance documents relevant to aerodrome standards, Safety Management Systems (SMS) and State Safety Programme (SSP).

7.  Sound knowledge and proven experience in development/implementation of SMS including preparation of SMS manuals for airport operators. Capable to apply the ICAO SMS concepts to all aspects of airport operation by including all parties involved in airport operation and not only the airport operator.

8.  Experience in the instruction of SMS courses in general and specifically for airport operators, preferably as ICAO instructor, and knowledge of instructional techniques, is highly desirable.

9.  A good command of oral and written English, French or Spanish is essential. 


1.  Judgement/decision–making: Proven ability to take ownership of all responsibilities and to honour commitments, to exercise mature judgment, to recognize key issues and analyze relevant information, to make feasible recommendations and to take sound decisions.

2.  Communication: Ability to write clearly and concisely and to present articulate verbal reports.

3.  Teamwork: Ability to work with colleagues to achieve the project goals and maintain harmonious working relationships in a multinational environment.

4.  Leadership, vision and management of performance: Demonstrated ability to plan and guide the work of a technical team in a multinational environment, to identified priorities and adjust them as required.

5.  Client Orientation: Ability to establish and maintain partnerships with external collaborators, to work and advocate effectively in a consensus-based system and to successfully manage and resolve conflict.

6.  Commitment to continuous learning: Willingness to keep abreast of new developments in professional field.

7.  Technological awareness: Ability to use contemporary office automation equipment, software, databases.


1.  Prepare / manage / administer a suitable programme of technical assistance for the state regarding airport certification and SMS and SSP implementation with particular attention to reviewing:

a) Relevant aspects of civil aviation legislation such as acts, regulations, orders, other instruments containing mandatory requirements and supplementary material;

b) development of national aerodrome standards, systems and requirements for various categories or classes of aerodromes;

c) regulatory procedures for aerodrome certification including inspector handbooks;

d) regulatory procedures and programmes for continuing aerodrome operator surveillance and compliance and enforcement actions;

e) staffing arrangements including resource availability, qualifications, training and experience.

2.  Design and conduct a comprehensive and methodologically sound assessment of the existing aerodrome certification and SMS related deficiencies in the state, oversight capabilities, policies and mode of operation of the civil aviation authority in accordance with applicable standards and finalize the on-site technical assistance to be provided for the development of aerodrome certification processes and SMS implementation for the state.

3.  Assist the state civil aviation authority in preparing for the safety oversight audit and in enhancing the compliance with ICAO SARPs and regional procedures in the area of aerodrome certification and SMS implementation. 

4.  Conduct reviews of and report on aerodrome certification activity undertaken and provide technical assistance/advise where necessary.

5.  Conduct on-the-job training activities for qualified state CAA personnel and aerodrome service providers to ensure capacity building in the relevant ICAO provisions in the field of aerodrome certification and SMS.

6.  Draft a comprehensive regulation on aerodrome certification based on the ICAO sample regulation in regards to the provision of aerodrome services for international air navigation.

7.  Perform other related duties as may be required.


In accordance with the ICAO Technical Co-operation Bureau (TCB) grading system.