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Radio Operator, Kenya



Kisumu, Kenya
Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2024

About Zipline

Do you want to change the world? Zipline is on a mission to transform the way goods move. Our aim is to solve the world’s most urgent and complex access challenges by building, manufacturing and operating the first instant delivery and logistics system that serves all humans equally, wherever they are. From powering Rwanda’s national blood delivery network and Ghana’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution, to providing on-demand home delivery for Walmart, to enabling healthcare providers to bring care directly to U.S. homes, we are transforming the way things move for businesses, governments and consumers. The technology is complex but the idea is simple: a teleportation service that delivers what you need, when you need it. Through our technology that includes robotics and autonomy, we are decarbonizing delivery, decreasing road congestion, and reducing fossil fuel consumption and air pollution, while providing equitable access to billions of people and building a more resilient global supply chain.

Join Zipline and help us to make good on our promise to build an equitable and more resilient global supply chain for billions of people.

About You and The Role

As a member of Zipline’s Radio Operations team in Chemelil, Kenya, you’ll be responsible for ensuring the communication between our distribution centers and the air traffic control is efficient and timely. This will involve working with a team of flight operators and the Air Traffic Control to ensure efficient and coordinated communication. You will be expected to contribute to the continuous improvement of our daily operations and processes to support the growth of our operations as we scale. This is a three-month contract.

What You'll Do

As a VHF- Radio Operator, your responsibilities will include;

  • Communications: Operate our VHF-Radio Equipment to establish and maintain communications with other air space users.
  • Monitoring: Continuously monitor VHF Radio Frequencies for incoming transmissions, advisories, and restrictions and stay alert to ensure that important messages are not missed.
  • Record Keeping: Accurately record and log all incoming and outgoing transmissions including the time, call signs (if available), and content for each message. Maintain organized records for reference and future analysis.
  • Compliance with regulations: Adhere to applicable rules and regulations related to VHF radio communications. Maintain an understanding of relevant regulations to ensure legal and ethical communication practices.
  • Equipment maintenance: Regularly inspect, test, and maintain our VHF radio equipment to ensure its proper functioning. Report any faults or issues to the flight operations lead.
  • Team coordination: Collaborate with other operators to ensure efficient and coordinated communication. Maintain effective communication skills to facilitate teamwork.

What You'll Bring

  • Diploma or Degree in Mechanical/Electrical/Electronics/Aerospace Engineering
  • A certificate in radio telephony from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority
  • An English proficiency certificate from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority
  • You enjoy working in the field and are not afraid to get your hands dirty
  • Ability to stay focused, humble, and safety-conscious during 12 hour shifts
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and enjoy work that keeps you on your feet
  • Ability to comply with regulations
  • Extremely process & detail-oriented
  • Must be eligible to work in Kenya


  • Must be willing and able to work night/weekends on shifts
  • Must be willing and able to work for a period not more than 45 hours/week
  • This is a full-time position based in Chemelil and will require relocation to Kisumu/Kisumu environs
  • Must be willing to relocate to any of our distribution centers in Kenya
  • Women are encouraged to apply, as we believe a balanced team is critical for success

Once hired you will go through a rigorous training program with Zipline Academy to gain a deep understanding of our history, our mission, our impact, and our UAS systems. The program includes a thorough Flight Operations training that covers different parts of our system, radio communications, and our drone.

Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state, federal or local law or our other policies.

We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position, please apply!


Please Note

We have received reports stating that certain individuals are reaching out to people under false pretenses, claiming to be Zipline employees, affiliates, agents, or representatives. They may seek to gain access to your personal information or to acquire money from you by offering fictitious employment opportunities or by claiming that they are contacting you on Zipline’s behalf.

Genuine Zipline employees or representatives will never ask you for money or payment in exchange for employment opportunities or other related services. Any such offer of employment or any other service in exchange for fees that claims to be from us is deceitful and part of a fraud.

If you believe you have been targeted by a fraudulent party, we ask that you immediately get in touch with us via email at upon receiving a suspicious offer or claim.