Support to the air transport sector and satellite service applications

“EGNOS1 - Africa Joint Programme Office (JPO)” 2nd Recruitment Phase Extension of Applications deadline

The SAFIR2 (Satellite navigation services for AFrIcan Region) project under the EU-Africa Common Strategy as well as the Joint EU-Africa Partnership is pleased to announce that:

1. The receipt deadline of the applications for the posts of:

  •  2 GNSS3 Experts
  • 1 Aviation Application Expert
  • 1 Operation Expert
  • 1 Other Applications Expert

has been extended of two weeks.

Applications must now be submitted by 14 October 2013 (6:00 pm UT) at the latest and sent simultaneously by e-mail to the 3 Experts of the SAFIR Project Implementation Team (PIT):;;

2. Experts from African ACP countries (including South Africa) are eligible and can apply for the 5
open posts of the JPO.


The 5 vacancy notices with the application form are posted on the following websites:

The missions of the EGNOS-Africa Joint Programme Office are to define the baseline and to oversee the subsequent implementation phase for the specification and procurement of the development and deployment of GNSS/EGNOS in Africa.

The personnel of the JPO will include ten staff members after the two phases of recruitment.

All the JPO staffs are trained in Trieste (Italy) before their entry on duty by the sister Project TREGA (TRaining for EGnos in Africa) led by UNESCO/ICTP (International Centre for Theoretical Physics).

For further information, please contact:

Olivier TURCAS
SAFIR Team Leader
Mob: +221 77 528 69 63
+33 6 07 04 52 17


Note to Editors:


The SAFIR project is funded by the European Union and has started on 15 January 2013 for two years. It covers the set-up, staffing and operations of an EGNOS-Africa Joint Programme Office (JPO) with a proper regional participation of the various beneficiary countries. SAFIR will also set up and support a number of technical Working Sessions composed of regional stakeholders concerned with GNSS/EGNOS in sub-Saharan Africa, which will address all aspects of EGNOS-Africa system development and service provision in preparation of the infrastructure deployment phase, including system performance, applications, certification policy, industrial issues, maintenance, liability policy, governance structure …


ASECNA is a public organisation endowed with an international status, having 18 Member States* and vested with the responsibility of cooperative management of an airspace of 16,1 million km2 (1,5 time the area covered by Europe). With air navigation safety as its main mission, ASECNA is a recognised model for autonomous, cooperative and transnational management of airspace, widely promoted by the international community.

* Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, France, Gabon, Guinea Bissau,
Equatorial Guinea , Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Chad, Togo


Egis is a consulting and engineering group working in the fields of transport, urban development, construction, industry, water, environment and energy. In the road and airport fields, the group is also involved in project financing, turnkey-contract projects and facility operation. In the air transportation sector Egis offers cutting-edge products and services to the air traffic management, airport and air operations industries. The company’s expertise ranges from consulting and engineering services to the provision of turnkey solutions. Egis has been developing a specific expertise in aviation-related GNSS applications and connected services with recent activities in standardization, GNSS systems performance analysis, definition of concept of operations, support to operational implementation, etc.

Pildo Labs:

Founded in 2001, Pildo Labs is an engineering company specialized in delivering top of the edge technology within the aeronautics and space sectors. PildoLabs is recognized as one of the main players for the development of advanced Air Navigation products and services enhanced by Satellite Navigation or GNSS (basic GPS or EGNOS, GBAS augmentations). Such leadership is the result from company involvement since the very beginning in most research and strategic programmes for the implementation of new enhanced novel operations through satellite technology. Pildo Labs played a key role within the approval process for EGNOS Safety of Life service, and is continuously supporting aviation community throughout its operational implementation.


ESSP has been founded in 2009 by the air navigation services providers from France (DGAC/DSNA), Germany (DFS), Italy (ENAV), Portugal (NAV-P), Spain (Aena), Switzerland (Skyguide) and UK (NATS) to act as service Provider for EGNOS, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service. The European Commission (EC) owns the EGNOS system and manages the EGNOS programme. ESA is the EGNOS design agent under a delegation agreement with the EC.


1)European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service
2)The SAFIR project is funded by the European Union and awarded by the ACP Group of States to an
International Consortium led by ASECNA (Agence pour la Sécurité de la Navigation Aérienne en Afrique et à
Madagascar) with Egis, Pildo Labs and ESSP

3)Global Navigation Satellite System