Aviation Security Liaison Officer

Department for Transport

Closing date: 17 Mar 2016

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Senior Executive Officer

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Business area


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Health and Safety

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These new posts will supplement the existing small network of ASLOs (Aviation Security Liaison Officers) already deployed in the field. The precise locations for an expanded ASLO network are yet to be confirmed but are expected to include: Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Abuja, Nigeria; New Delhi, India; Istanbul, Turkey; Cairo, Egypt; Nairobi, Kenya; Rabat, Morocco; Tunis, Tunisia and Bahrain. Allocation will be by individual choice, where that is possible, but ASD (Aviation Security Division), DfT (Department for Transport) reserves the right to make any final decision.

About the job

Job description

This is an exciting and interesting opportunity for individuals with drive to become part of the Government and DfT response to global aviation security challenges. The Aviation Security Division in the DfT intends to create up to twenty new Aviation Security Liaison Officer posts. A significant number of these posts will be working overseas and the remaining posts will be based in London but with regular travel abroad – you’ll have an opportunity to specify your preference during the process, although we cannot guarantee to meet this. 

Whether based in London or overseas, the selected officers will maintain and develop DfT’s international aviation security programme in their appointed countries and build bilateral contacts and relationships, often at senior level. They will be expected to secure UK airline operations through identifying and mitigating security risks in partnership with local authorities, including vulnerabilities at international airports in host States in the region. Providing technical aviation security advice and training, successful candidates will support local staff engaged in the delivery of security functions at relevant airports. 

Officers will also provide support to ASD’s International Strategy Team, engaging certain governments on improving their aviation security policy structure. This will require a high degree of diplomatic and negotiating skills, working with senior colleagues at UK Diplomatic Missions. 

Person Specification 

Essential competencies required for the job 

Leading and Communicating 
• Communicate in a succinct, engaging manner and stand ground when needed 
• Take opportunities to regularly communicate and interact with staff, helping to clarify goals and activities and the links between these and Departmental strategy 

Delivering at Pace 
• Regularly monitor own and team’s work against milestones or targets and act promptly to keep work on track and maintain performance. 
• Take responsibility for delivering expected outcomes on time and to standard, giving credit to teams and individuals as appropriate. 

Making Effective Decisions 
• Identify a range of relevant and credible information sources and recognise the need to collect new data when necessary from internal and external sources 
• Recognise patterns and trends in a wide range of evidence/data and draw key conclusions 

Changing and Improving 
• Be prepared to take managed risks, ensuring these are planned and their impact assessed 
• Be willing to meet the challenges of difficult or complex changes, encouraging and supporting others to do the same 

Collaborating and Partnering 
• Establish relationships with a range of stakeholders to support delivery of business outcomes 
• Deal with conflict in a prompt, calm and constructive manner 

Policy - Using a sound evidence base 
• Ability to compile, assimilate, distil, interpret and present a strong evidence base from a wide range of types of evidence and opinions to form a sound and compelling base to inform coherent policy making 
• Analyse the quality of available evidence and analysis for the area as a whole, and take steps to mitigate gaps, seeking out rigorous research into new approaches, working across government to promote the use of robust and authoritative evidence. 

For further information and before applying please consult the candidate information pack.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting.


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift results issued w/c 4th April 
Assessment centres 18th-21st April- London.

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Everyone holds the mandatory SIA licence but should anyone wish to apply for a job who doesn't hold an SIA licence, then if the person is successful in being accepted the Company will pay for the licence. The fee will be recouped on a sliding scale from the person should he/she leave before the expiry date of the licence.

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