The organs of the Agency are the Board, the Secretariat, and such other organs as the Board may consider necessary. The Board has so far established three Technical Committees to facilitate management and carrying out the functions and obligations of the Agency. These are: Technical Committee – Regulatory (TC-R) which is responsible for all technical and regulatory issues relating to safety and security oversight; the Technical Committee – Finance and Administration (TC – F & A) which is responsible for the administration and management of resources of the Agency; and the Technical Committee Audit and Risk which is responsible for reviewing and considering the Agency’s risk management policies and the Agency’s Financial Statements prior to submission to the Council. All the Partner States are represented in the governance of CASSOA. CASSOA is a self-accounting institution of the EAC.
The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Agency. The Board consists of the Heads of Civil Aviation Authorities of the Partner States, one aviation expert from each Partner State nominated by the Minister responsible for civil aviation (this expert serves for a term of three years renewable only once), one representative from the East African Business Council and the Executive Director of CASSOA. The chairperson of the Board is one of the Heads of CAA for a period of one year and this position is held in rotation among the Partner States’ CAAs.
The Executive Director (ED) is appointed by the Council of Ministers on recommendation by the Board, on such terms and conditions as the Council may determine. The ED is the spokesperson of the Agency and principle liaison between the Partner States and CASSOA. The position of ED CASSOA is filled for a one term of five years on a competitive basis and under the principle of rotation among the Partner States. The ED also heads the Secretariat of the Agency.
The funds that run CASSOA’s activities are derived from:
- Contributions from the Partner States through their CAAs;
- Resources mobilized by the EAC Secretariat;
- Grants from regional and international development partners;
- Revenue from some of the activities of the Agency; and
- Any other sources as may be approved by the EAC Council of Ministers
At the apex of the CASSOA structure is the EAC Council of Ministers, to whom the Board reports. The Board is second in hierarchy under whom is the Executive Director of the Agency. The Agency has two directorates; one for technical functions (aviation standards and regulation) and the other for administration and financial functions. Each of the directorates is headed by a deputy Executive Director under the new approved structure of 2015.
Under the technical directorate are the following sections:
- Flight operations
- Air Navigation Services
- Aerodromes and Ground Aids
- Aviation Security
- Personnel licensing
- Aviation Meteorology
- Centre for Aviation Medicine
Under the administration and finance directorate are the following sections:
- Human Resource and Administration
- Information Technology
- Office Management