Chad is the largest landlocked country in Africa. The Sahara desert in the north, and the vast distances between towns and villages on dirt/sand roads, make it a difficult place to live. The UN Human Development Index currently places Chad almost at the bottom of the list at 186 (out of 189 countries). The adult literacy rate is only 23% (and just 11% among women). Life expectancy here is also one of the world’s worst, at just over 50, and one in ten babies die before they are a year old.
MAF has been serving in Chad for over 50 years through times of famine, drought and civil unrest. Working with many partner organisations, MAF provides an effective air transport service for missionaries, relief organisations and the local Church. The humanitarian and spiritual needs of this country are huge, and MAF seeks to meet these needs by operating two aircraft, a Cessna Grand Caravan and a Cessna 182.
The MAF Chad program provides ‘high-impact’ flying services to missionaries and organisations over the vast distances of the Sahara and Sahel, and among some of the most isolated and underdeveloped areas in Africa. This is an ideal opportunity for a flexible individual to join a small, vibrant program, where there is plenty of scope for involvement in a number of areas besides flying. Applications particularly sought from pilots with previous experience in IT, HR or Quality/Safety, or with some aircraft maintenance training.
You will be a flexible and adaptable individual who likes variety, and has industry experience. This will enable you assist in the operations of the program in various support functions. Your ability to turn your hand to different tasks will see you undertake a variety of functions including safety and quality, and depending on experience, IT and general program administration. This is in addition to working as part of the operations team and flying the Cessna 182.
Qualifications, Skills & Experience
– ICAO commercial pilot’s license with instrument rating
– Aptitude with quality and safety systems
– A working knowledge of French
– Knowledge of aircraft performance and loading, aerodynamics, aircraft systems, crew/cockpit resource management
– Aptitude in verbal and numerical reasoning
– Experience in partnership development and IT
– IFR operations
– Resource management