Field Personnel

Field personnel management

ICAO’s Technical Cooperation Programme provides high quality human resources management services to governments.

ICAO’s Technical Cooperation Field Personnel Section services can range from one-off, customized solutions to long-term HR management support.

As a United Nations organization with more than 50 years experience in development settings, ICAO’s Technical Cooperation Field Personnel Section sources experts to work in every facet of civil aviation.

Recruitment and selection

ICAO’s Technical Cooperation Field Personnel Section can manage the selection and recruitment process from start to finish, including designing terms of reference, writing and publishing vacancy announcements in web-based and print media, screening and interviewing applicants and negotiating contract terms on behalf of governments. ICAO’s Technical Cooperation Field Personnel Section collaborates closely with governments throughout, thus guaranteeing their full participation in the process.

Human Resources advice

With a network of seven regional offices, we are able to offer experts and governments alike guidance on all aspects of human resources management that includes information on field service staff rules and regulations, appropriate contractual modalities and up-to-date techniques and standards for managing performance, developing talent and guiding organizational change.

Managing contracts and entitlements

By handling all aspects of personnel contracts and entitlements, ICAO’s Technical Cooperation Field Personnel Section allows governments to focus on achieving their project goals. ICAO’s Technical Cooperation Field Personnel Section services include administering salaries, medical insurance, international relocations and other relevant benefits and entitlements. ICAO’s Technical Cooperation Field Personnel Section.

Employment overview

ICAO’s Technical Cooperation Programme offers short- and intermediate-term work opportunities supporting civil aviation projects in diverse and challenging environments.

ICAO’s Technical Cooperation Programme needs personnel with diverse skills and experience. Key areas of expertise include, but are not limited to project management, safety oversight, flight operations and aviation security.

ICAO’s Technical Cooperation Programme recruitment values

ICAO’s Technical Cooperation Programme human resources strategy seeks applications from individuals with the highest standards of performance and promotes a balanced and diverse workforce. Applications from suitably qualified female candidates are encouraged.

What are we looking for?

The people we are looking for should…

      • Demonstrate a high level of technical knowledge.
      • Be motivated and have a strong commitment to the policies and programmes of ICAO.
      • Possess good analytical skills and an understanding of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices.
      • Be able to work well in a multicultural team.
      • Have working experience at national and/or international level, in a field relevant to the International Civil Aviation Organization's work.
      • Be proficient in at least one of the official languages of the Organization (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) and have a working knowledge of a second. Additional languages are an asset.

Recruitment Principles

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer or promotion of the staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity. Due regard shall be paid to the importance of recruiting and maintaining the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible.
      • We do not discriminate on any ground (race, creed or sex). We are committed to promoting diversity in our workforce.
      • We aim to achieve a broad representation of member country nationals with particular emphasis on developing countries, and improve gender balance.
      • We strive to provide an environment where the contribution of each individual is valued.
      • Selection of staff is normally made on a competitive basis.

Who are our staff?

ICAO’s Technical Cooperations Programme recruits staff on short- and intermediate-term contracts or on Special Service Agreements.

Applicants are normally required to have a university degree as well as a relevant postgraduate specialization, experience at national and/or international level in the required field of civil aviation.

Generally, we seek applications from candidates in the following fields:
      • Aerodrome safety and certification
      • Flight operations
      • Airworthiness
      • Aviation security
      • Aerodrome civil/electrical/mechanical engineering
      • Aviation legislation
      • Air traffic management
      • Air transport economics
Often, the professional technical staff act as advisers in civil aviation to Member states. Candidates should therefore normally have substantial training and experience before they can be considered for an assignment. Because of ICAO’s particular needs and the keen competition, we are able to offer appointments only to very few applicants. Applications are carefully considered against current and projected vacancies.















N° of years / relevant experience








Minimum qualifications











1 year

First university degree of equivalent professional training or self-study/work experience (see below)



2 years

First university degree of equivalent professional training or self-study/work experience (see below)






5 years  


Advanced university degree or equivalent professional training of self study/work experience (see below)  




7 years  

Advanced university degree  





10 years  


Advanced university degree


Additional years of education over and above five years of post-secondary education at the post-graduate level (i.e., master’s level) may be credited towards years of experience to a maximum of two years and once only (i.e. if a person has multiple master’s level degrees then these cannot be credited multiple times in lieu of experience). Special Service Agreements are normally following the same standards.

ICAO’s Technical Cooperation Programme Field Personnel Section does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. If you have any questions concerning persons or companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of ICAO’s Technical Cooperation Programme and requesting the payment of a fee, please immediately contact When applying for an ICAO Technical Cooperation Programme vacancy by e-mail, please apply only through this site.

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