Regional Director, Asia and Pacific Office (APAC), D1

Regional Director, Asia and Pacific Office (APAC), D1

ICAO - International Civil Aviation Organization

Bangkok, Thailand

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Regional Director serves as the Representative of the Secretary General to States to which the Regional Office is accredited; develops and leads the implementation of the work programme for the Regional Office, in coordination with Bureaus/Offices at Headquarters; provides technical advice and assistance to States on the development and implementation of Regional planning framework for all the Strategic objectives of the Organization; and coordinates the delivery of ICAO programme activities within the region in collaboration with States, and regional and sub-regional groups. The Regional Director is responsible for the promotion and follow-up of technical cooperation and technical assistance activities in the Region.

The Regional Director leads the programme team, inspiring it to translate the regional and country goals into locally adapted solutions and results in line with the overall global plans, strategies and objectives of the Organization.


Serves as Representative of the Secretary General within the Region, achieving results such as:

  • Promote ICAO’s views and interests and ensure the successful implementation of the Organization’s mandate and objectives within the Region.
  • Actively lead regional initiatives and promote regional technical cooperation and assistance projects aimed at supporting a safe, efficient, secure, economically sustainable and environmentally responsible civil aviation system, including specifically, the regional implementation of global COVID-19 recovery initiatives to support aviation’s restart and recovery, the implementation of the Asia Pacific Ministerial Beijing Declaration to achieve the deliverables for advancing aviation in the region, and implementation of the ICAO roadmap to support the Pacific Islands aviation development based on the Pacific Islands Needs Analysis conducted by ICAO.
  • Act as secretary to regional group meetings and coordinate regional programmes dealing with aviation safety, air navigation capacity and efficiency, aviation security and facilitation, environmental protection, and other air transport related initiatives; participate in high-level meetings dealing with civil aviation and other matters relevant to the work of the ICAO regional office.
  • Coordinate and follow up on visits to States by the Secretary General and/or President of the ICAO Council, and provide advice, briefing notes, matters for discussion, expected outcomes, and other supporting information.

Supports the implementation of the ICAO Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP), Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP), Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP), and the “No Country Left Behind” initiative, achieving results such as:

  • Provide strategic advice and assistance to high level authorities in Member States in the implementation of global aviation safety, security and facilitation, and air navigation capacity and efficiency plans, giving high priority to those States with Significant Safety Concerns (SSCs), Significant Security Concerns (SSeCs) and deficiencies.
  • Develop State-specific ICAO Plans of Action in relation to aviation safety, aviation security and facilitation, and environment-related issues, and follow up on their implementation by States.
  • Cooperate and coordinate with other partners providing technical assistance in the Region.
  • Support States in the implementation of ICAO SARPs; coordinate required assistance for States, including related training activities, in coordination with the Global Aviation Training (GAT) Section under the Technical Cooperation Bureau.

Provides strategic policy advice and guidance on ICAO programmes in the Region, achieving results such as:

  • Make strategic recommendations on the technical support needs of States in the Region.
  • Progressively develop the safety, air navigation, and aviation security systems in the Region.
  • Coordinate oversight of continuous monitoring activities in the Region and technical support planning and evaluation missions.
  • Deliver expert contributions to policy development and evaluation of programme activities.

Fosters partnerships and resource mobilization within the Region, achieving results such as:

  • Establish productive interaction with representatives of Member States, donors, other international organizations and interested parties.
  • Design and implement partnership and resource mobilization plans.
  • Support capacity building initiatives to ensure sustainable development of the air transport system.
  • Assess the need and develop proposals for regional meetings in consultation with States and HQ, as appropriate.
  • Identify prospects and lead initiatives for strategic networking with other donors, lenders, research institutions, regional bodies, international organizations and policy makers.
  • Support the establishment and maintenance of a global database of aviation personnel whose training was supported by ICAO, and monitor their deployment.

Plans and develops the Regional Office’s work programme and directs its implementation, achieving results such as:

  • Ensure that functions and work programme of the Regional Office are performed efficiently and in line with the Strategic Objectives and the Business Plan of the Organization.
  • Coordinate with the Technical Co-operation Bureau (TCB) and other Bureaus, as required, regarding technical support to States in the Region.
  • Ensure regular update of regional plans and programmes.
  • Adjust/adapt programmes and approaches to accommodate changing regional circumstances of critical importance.
  • Provide direction and guidance to a team of professional, technical and support staff.
  • Manage staff performance and well-being, and ensure that activities and programme delivery are efficiently and effectively delivered and consistent with ICAO policy, quality and relevance.

Performs other related duties, as assigned.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of ICAO’s work aimed at enhancing global civil aviation safety, increasing capacity and improving efficiency of the global civil aviation system. Understanding of ICAO’s Strategic Objectives, and its global and regional aviation plans. Familiarity with the Convention on International Civil Aviation and its Annexes, ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and their application. Good knowledge of civil aviation activities in the areas of accreditation of the Regional Office, and of the work of other related international organizations, regional and sub-regional bodies and groupings of States. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of the subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
  • Accountability: Takes ownership for all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style, and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.
  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
  • Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction inspiring others to pursue that same direction; Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.
  • Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to others; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.
  • Empowering Others: Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work; encourages others to set challenging goals; holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility; genuinely values all staff members’ input and expertise; shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort; involves others when making decisions that affect them.
  • Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.



  • An advanced level university degree (Master’s Degree or academic equivalent) in an aviation-related field, including scientific or technical discipline, management, administration, economics, law or a related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible experience in aviation safety, air navigation, air transport or related area is required.
  • Managerial experience at the senior executive level in a public, private or international civil aviation organization is required.
  • Experience at the international level or dealing with aviation matters crossing national boundaries, including high-level negotiation with government authorities is required.
  • Experience in dealing with civil aviation activities in the Asia and Pacific Region is required.
  • Experience with corporate performance management in the public or private sector is required.
  • Proven experience in leading and guiding a multidisciplinary team, with a diverse range of aviation specialities, to achieve organizational goals is required.
  • Experience in managing aviation safety or air navigation programmes/projects within an international or regional organization, national government, or major service provider (airport, airline or air navigation services provider is desirable.
  • Experience in managing or coordinating technical assistance, capacity development and implementation of activities related to aviation safety, air navigation or aviation security is desirable.
  • Experience in conducting negotiations at the international level and in organizing and leading international meetings is desirable.
  • Experience in management of international/multinational projects is desirable.



  • Fluent reading, writing and speaking abilities in English.


  • A working knowledge of any other language of the Organization (Chinese, Arabic, French, Russian, or Spanish).

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