Interim Executive Director of the Interim SASO Secretariat


The aim of SASO, established by SADC Member States through a Charter and organised under the Principle of Subsidiarity, is to promote the safe and efficient use and development of civil aviation within the SADC region. It will accomplish this by assisting SADC Member States in meeting their safety oversight obligations and responsibilities as outlined under the Convention on International Civil Aviation signed in Chicago on 7 December 1944 and its safety-related Annexes and Documents.
Pending the Charter establishing SASO coming into force, Member States agreed to put into place interim arrangements which led to the establishment of Interim SASO and SASO Secretariat. This was achieved through the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland and SADC Secretariat on behalf of Member States.
To this end SADC Secretariat wishes to recruit a suitably qualified candidate within the SADC Region to fill the following position:
Position: Interim Executive Director of the Interim SASO Secretariat
Main purpose of the job: This position involves the overall management and administration of the functions of the Interim SASO and coordination of the development of civil aviation safety oversight in the SADC Region.

Key result areas:

  • Coordination of work of the Technical Committees and any Working Group that may be established;
  • Exchange of information with the Member States and other relevant agencies;
  • Maintenance of current data and information pertaining to the Civil Aviation Authorities/Agencies/Departments of Member States on aviation organizations, aircraft registries, the number, categories and availability of licensed aviation personnel and other relevant matters;
  • Development and maintenance of a website for the Interim SASO;
  • Development for consideration by Civil Aviation Committee (CAC) of the organizational policies, staff service rules and procedures;
  • Provision and management of technical support to Member States by the Interim SASO;
  • Organisation and undertaking of audits at the request of Ministers responsible for Civil Aviation or as scheduled in the approved work programme for the purpose of assessing compliance with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs);
  • Preparation, for consideration by the CAC, of an annual work programme of activities and budget for the Interim SASO;
  • Management of the Interim SASO on sound business and financial principles in accordance with plans and decisions made by CAC;
  • Preparation, for consideration by the CAC, of a schedule of fees for services to be provided to non-Members of SASO;
  • Preparation, at the end of each financial year but no later than 31 March of the following year, of an annual report on the performance of the functions of the Interim SASO during the preceding year for submission to the CAC;
  • Submission of quarterly reports to the CAC on the activities of the Interim SASO;
  • Ensuring that the Interim SASO is carrying out the functions and duties, including implementation of safety oversight activities, placed upon it in terms of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland and SADC Secretariat establishing an Interim SASO Secretariat as a legal entity in the Kingdom of Swaziland;
  • Management of the Interim SASO on sound commercial and financial principles in accordance with the policies and decisions made by the CAC;
  • Controlling the resources of operations of all the services under the Interim SASO;
  • Implementation of the decisions of the Ministers responsible for Civil Aviation; and
  • Performance of any other duty as may be assigned by the CAC.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Interim Executive Director shall:
  • as the head of the Interim SASO Secretariat, be the representative of the Interim SASO and the principal liaison officer between the Interim SASO and its Member States or other stakeholders;
  • be responsible for the administration of the functions of the Interim SASO and be accountable to the CAC. He/she serves under the organization’s quality management system as the Accountable Manager;
  • appoint regional staff of the Interim SASO Secretariat from Member States subject to approval by the Civil Aviation Committee; and
  • appoint all other staff on the terms and conditions approved by the CAC.

Qualifications & Experience:

The Interim Executive Director shall possess the following qualifications and experience:
  • Considerable knowledge and experience in civil aviation administration, industry or engineering; or
  • proven ability in other fields as the Committee of Ministers responsible for Civil Aviation upon the recommendation of the CAC may consider relevant;
  • At least a Masters Degree from a recognized institution or equivalent qualification; and
  • At least 15 years management experience of which 6 years should have been at the senior/executive management in the field of civil aviation.
Skills and Competences:
  • Demonstrated competency in management and institution building;
  • Excellent skills in report writing;
  • Ability to work harmoniously and effectively with other people;
  • Ability to motivate others; and
  • Ability to deliver on the set deadlines.

Tenure of Appointment:

The SADC CAC will appoint, renew or terminate employment service of the Interim Executive Director of the SASO through recommendation by the relevant structures.
A person appointed as the Interim Executive Director shall hold office for a period of one (1) year.


The Interim Executive Director shall receive an all-inclusive package (USD 145,840– 174,498 per annum). The remuneration package is negotiable.

Submission of Applications

Applications must be submitted to:
The Executive Secretary
SADC Secretariat
P/Bag 0095
ATTENTION: Director of Human Resources and Administration or apply to
Your application should accompany the following:
  1. A short covering letter stating the position that you want to be considered for and describe how your qualifications, experience and competencies are relevant to the position;
  2. A detailed and updated curriculum vitae;
  3. Certified copies of your degree(s), Diploma(s) and Certificate(s);
  4. Duly completed SADC Application Form.
Should you be shortlisted, you will be required to produce evidence of any educational and professional qualifications supporting your applications on the day of your interview.
Gender Mainstreaming
SADC is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourage applications from female candidates.
Closing Date: 24 May 2016:
If you are result oriented, you have passion for the transformation and development of Southern Africa, and possess the competencies to meet the new challenges, submit your application now!!!
Only applicants who meet the requirements of the SADC Secretariat and are being considered for interview will be contacted. Should you not hear SADC Secretariat within four weeks after closing date, kindly consider your application unsuccessful.


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