• Leilani Sikkema

Head of Regional Engagement


Applications closed.


● An exciting opportunity to become a valued and integral part of a growing international aviation safety organization

● 3 Year Contract full-time position open to All Applicants

● Based in Port Vila


The Organisation

The mission of the Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO) is to establish a collaborative and regionally based aviation safety and security oversight programme for the benefit of stakeholders and the region. In pursuing this mission, PASO has committed itself “to provide for continuous improvement in the quality of aviation safety and security oversight services to comply with international standards, required under the PICASST and ICAO Conventions".


The Position

The Head of Regional Engagement makes a significant contribution to the overall success of PASO. The role leads the following core areas:

• PASO’s external diplomatic relationships and engagements;

• Our responsibilities as a member of the Council of the Regional Organisations in the Pacific;

• The Secretariat for the Regional Aviation Ministers Meeting;

• Successful delivery of the Universal Safety Oversight and Audit Program (USOAP).


This role is also a member of PASO’s Senior Management team and is expected to make a significant contribution to the overall success and direction of PASO through the responsibilities in the position but also in working collaboratively with their peers. The position has 3 direct reports with various consultants to support the delivery of our obligations.


The Head of Regional Engagement’s main aim is to create and maintain lasting relationships with all State governments, CROP agencies and key stakeholders. The primary focus of this role will be on how we engage across all key areas to ensure that PASO makes a positive and progressive contribution towards improving aviation in the Pacific.


Essential Selection Criteria

► A relevant degree from a recognised university.

► A sound understanding of the Pacific with a deep understanding of the history and politics of the region.

► Previous experience as a diplomat working for a Pacific Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs or similar is mandatory.

► Experienced at representing a Member government on the international stage and working with at least one other CROP organisation.

► Act as a diplomat and demonstrate experience interacting successfully with government officials, key stakeholders, and third-party representatives.

► Strong analytical, research, writing and presentation skills.

► Recognises the “big picture” in issues, and also attend to detail when required.

► Has experience in, understands, and can work within appropriate legislation.

► Keeps abreast of trends and issues across the civil aviation sector and related areas (across the Pacific and overseas), knows when and where to go and get knowledge and expertise.


Desirable Selection Criteria

► Knowledge of and/or experience in the aviation industry would be an advantage.


Job Description

Please read the Job Description before applying.


Apply Online

Applications for this role must be submitted online using the link below.


Applications closed on Sun 07 November 2021


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