Head of Regulatory Services



Applications closed


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

● 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 Regulatory Services is responsible to the General Manager for the coordination and supervision of service delivery for all regulatory matters. The Head of Regulatory Services will work closely with PASO member states by managing the Pool of Inspectors to provide Member States with regulatory aviation safety oversight services in a timely manner to conduct audits, assessments, and inspections. These could be either scheduled based on work plans or unscheduled to meet the needs of each Member State.


The role requires a high level of tact, diplomacy, and communication with participants through understanding the cultures in the region and to support the building of capability of aviation in the Pacific Region.


The Head of Regulatory Services is also a member of the 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 with their peers.


Essential Selection Criteria

► Substantial (over 20 years) experience in the aviation industry which will include both operational and regulatory expertise in a qualified discipline. A qualified discipline will need to be in at least one of the following areas: Flight Operations, Aerodromes, Airworthiness, or Air Navigation.

► Have worked at a senior level (10 years) in a Government Civil Service (permanent head of department) preferable with experience with Civil Aviation regulatory responsibilities or held management positions which are relevant to this role

► A track record of honesty and integrity including meeting the requirements of the Civil Aviation Authority for a “senior person” role under the Civil Aviation Rules together with meeting the security clearance requirements of the Employment Agreement.

► An understanding of the Pacific Regional (NZ) civil aviation legislative and regulatory framework and other statutory requirements.

► Experience in applying technical policy, procedures, processes, guidance, checklists etc in the implementation of regulatory oversight task in any aviation discipline.

► A strong sense of awareness of safety and security issues and the need for a structured approach to risk management.

► An understanding of the regulatory requirements for airline, aerodrome, airworthiness, air navigation services and aviation security and safety management system.


Desirable Selection Criteria

► Able to build relationships and have an open and honest communications style.

► An appreciation of the requirements and functions of ICAO, the Regional Safety Oversight Organisation (RSOO), Global Aviation Safety Oversight System (GASOS) and the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) and the ICAO Universal Security Audit Programme (USAP) and their relationships is desirable

► Excellent inter-personal skills and an outgoing personality that will help develop the relationships required for this position through communication clearly and able to work unsupervised.

► Ability to work in a team environment.


Job Description

Please read the Job Description before applying.


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Applications closed Sunday, 08 May 2022

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