Applications are invited for the position of Director Aircraft Accident Investigations Unit to be based in Lusaka, Zambia. The Unit will be supervised by the Aircraft Accidents and investigations Board (AAIB) created under Part VI of Section 48 of the Civil Aviation Act, No. 5 of 2016.
In compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices, Zambia has established an Aircraft Accident Investigation Board, a body corporate with perpetual succession and a seal, capable of suing and being sued in its corporate name and with power, subject to this Act, to do all such acts and things as a body corporate may, by law, do or perform.
The AAIB shall function without any political, commercial or other interference in accordance with Section 48 (3) of the Civil Aviation Act No. 5 of 2016.
Scope and Duties of the Job
The Director for Aircraft Accident Investigations Unit will perform the following functions under the Unit to advance the safety of Civil Aviation:
- Set up the Unit and make it operational in line with the ICAO guidelines
- Independent Investigation of civil aircraft accidents and serious aircraft incidents in compliance with Annex 1 3 of the I international Civil Aviation Organisation
- Discharge all functions and obligations in compliance with the provisions and procedures of Annex 13 of the International Civil Aviation Organisation
- Cooperate with relevant authorities and agencies within and outside Zambia in the exercise of its functions under this section
- Establish policies regarding the classes of civil aircraft accidents and serious aircraft incidents to be investigated
- Establish either generally or in relation to specific classes of civil aircraft accidents and serious aircraft incidents, procedures and practices to be followed in the conduct of investigations
- Prepare and review reports before submission to the Board
- Oversee and exercise general control over the performance of the functions and activities of authorised persons
- Submit to the Minister, within two months after completion of an investigation, a final report on its findings and recommendations
- Ensure that investigations are complete within four months after an accident:
- Submit a final report to all recipient states in compliance with Chapter 6 of Annex 13
- Make rules regarding the proceedings and conduct for meetings of the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board; and
- Perform any other functions prescribed under any other Law.
Required Academic Qualifications:
- Degree in Aircraft Engineering Maintenance
- Commercial Pilot training (s) or any aviation related degree courses; and
- Master of Science or its equivalent will be an added advantage
- At least 10 years in Commercial Pilot and/or related aviation field
- At least 15 years in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
- In-depth understanding of investigations and their conformity with the specified state legislation, regulations and other requirements.
- Knowledge of aircraft accident investigation techniques
- Understanding of aircraft operations and the relevant technical areas of aviation
- Ability to obtain and manage the relevant technical assistance and resources required to support the investigation
- Ability to collect, document and preserve evidence
- Ability to identify and analyse pertinent evidence in order to determine the causes and if appropriate, make safety recommendations: and
- Ability to write reports that meet the requirements of the accident investigation authority of the State conducting the investigation
Desirable Personal Attributes:
- Enhanced report writing skills
- Ability to work with victims of trauma
- Ability to lead rescue missions.
- Enhanced leadership and communication skills,
- Ability to build working teams, work without supervision, long hours, difficult terrain and environments, and able to complete outstanding tasks
- Ability to interview different target groups and witnesses,
- Information gathering techniques,
- Ability to building evidence in difficult working environments.
- Ability to work with power plants, assemble and disassemble aircraft engines; and
- Ability to manage disasters.
Method of Application
Interested individuals who meet the required qualifications and attributes should tender in their applications with certified copies of academic qualifications and curriculum Vitae clearly marked
Recruitment of director, aircraft accident investigations unit to.
The Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Transport and Communications,
PO Box 50065,
Soft copies can be sent to: