WHAT IS RASO-WA?
RASO-WA is the United Nations Regional Aviation Safety Office for West Africa. responsible for Aviation Safety Programmes in four (4) West African Missions, namely UNMIL (Liberia), ONUCI (Ivory Coat), UNIPSIL (Sierra Leone) and UNOWA (Senegal)
RASO-WA was established by the DPKO/DFS Directive on Regional Aviation Safety Office, West Africa of April 2010 and became effective and operational on 15 April, 2010.
RASO-WA is responsible for providing advice and assistance to the DMS/CMS of the affiliated missions (UNMIL, ONUCI, UNIPSIL, UNOWA) in the establishment, implementation and management of the missions` aviation safety programmes and ensuring that DPKO/DFS aviation safety related policies, guidelines and procedures are implemented and followed in the affiliated missions.
The main operational base of RASO-WA is Monrovia, Liberia in UNMIL.
GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION OF RASO-WA AFFILIATED MISSIONS:
The staffing include, Chief, Regional Aviation Safety Officer (C/RASO) currently in UNMIL, two Regional Aviation Safety Officers (RASO) currently one in UNMIL and the other in ONUCI and one Regional Aviation Safety Assistants (RASA) currently in UNMIL.
The four Missions operate 37 aircraft of which 21 aircraft are in UNMIL, located at three (3) operational bases, 14 aircraft, located at three (3) operational basis in ONUCI, 1 aircraft each operated at UNIPSIL and UNOWA.
The RASO-WA activities are coordinated by UNHQ Aviation Safety Section, LSD/DFS. The RASO-WA Officers report administratively to the respective DMS/CMS of the affiliated missions but on all technical matters they report to the Director, LSD/DFS.
RASO-WA AVIATION SAFETY PROGRAM