Chief Engineer - Chad - CRITICAL








N'Djamena, Chad


Engineering, Aviation


Full-time, Contract


Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) is an organisation using light aircraft to deliver help and hope in over 30 developing countries. MAF transports patients, relief workers, produce and medical supplies to the world’s remotest regions and places of deepest human need – places where flying is not a luxury but a lifeline.  

One of these places is Chad, 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.

Liberia is one of the oldest republics in Africa, but also one of its poorest. As a country it has suffered more than a decade of civil war which saw hundreds of thousands die in conflict.  Recently, the nation was also devastated by the Ebola crisis of 2014. Today, many people live below the poverty line and have little access to electricity and running water.

MAF has been working in Liberia for a number of years providing essential support through numerous partners. We operate a Cessna Caravan based in Monrovia where we offer shuttle services, charter services and very often, medical evacuations. We are currently the only humanitarian flight service in the country. To continue this work and take it further, we now require a Cchief Engineer to oversee the overall maintenance of our aircraft. Your role will be to effectively manage and control all the activities of the Approved Maintenance Organisation in our Liberia programme. 

To continue our vital work, we now require Chief Engineers to join these teams to help manage the activities of our local Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO), ensuring that our aircraft are maintained to MAF, national and international aviation standards. In this role, you will also support the training and development of local maintenance staff by mentoring/coaching and managing training plans.


In these roles, you will support the training and development of aviation staff by working with them proactively. You will do this by coaching them in maintenance and participate in training plans if applicable.

These roles needs a strategic thinker, a person who will assist the Programme Manager in tactical planning. The plans will provide a process to execute an effective and efficient means of managing resource.

Other duties will include managing stock levels, ensuring documentation is completed and organised, and taking an active role in the programme management team.

Qualifications, Skills & Experience


  • Completion of approved aircraft maintenance engineer pre-employment course
  • An aptitude in verbal, non-verbal, numerical and mechanical reasoning
  • Successfully completed and obtained GCSE and A-level qualifications
  • A working knowledge of French
  • 5 years experience in aircraft maintenance.
  • ICAO Aircraft Maintenance Engineer licence without type rating           
  • Aircraft and engine type courses as appropriate.
  • Knowledge of health and safety principles


  • National Aircraft Maintenance Engineers licence as required
  • Team management experience
  • Turbine or reciprocating engine experience, as appropriate
  • Experience of budgeting and financial control systems

Occupational requirement

There is an occupational requirement for candidates to be committed Christians, able to agree to and promote MAF's Christian beliefs and values in the UK and in overseas assignment in PNG. Staff are engaged in representing MAF at meetings and events, taking part in and leading times of devotion and worship. Staff are also required to help raise prayer and financial support for MAF's work and training and resources are provided for this througout service with MAF.

MAF is organised into different groups around the world, each recruiting from its own country. MAF UK recruits from the UK and Ireland. Candidates resident in the UK or Ireland can apply to MAF UK at;

Candidates not resident in the UK or Ireland can apply via MAF International at;