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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 15 March 2016 Recruitment Completed

Scientific Officer


Geneva, Switzerland

15 June 2016
or as soon as possible thereafter

Fixed-term - 2 years

Marine and Ocean Meteorological Observations and Data Management Unit, WMO Observing Systems (OSD) Division
Observing and Information Systems Department
WMO is committed to achieving diversity and a balanced workforce. Applications are welcome from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. The statutory retirement age after 1 January 2014 is 65. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete the term of appointment will normally be considered.

Under the supervision of the Chief, WMO Observing Systems Division, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Support the Joint WMO/IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) Observations and Data Management Programme Areas and the Commission for Basic Systems (CBS) Open Programme Area Group on Integrated Observing Systems and their subsidiary bodies and rapporteurs in the implementation of their work programmes;

(b) Assist in the organization and running of sessions of working groups or equivalent, technical conferences, seminars and training workshops of the two Technical Commissions (JCOMM and CBS);

(c) Maintain liaison with other WMO Technical Commissions, WMO and co-sponsored Programmes, international organizations, and the JCOMM in situ Observations Programme Support Centre (JCOMMOPS) on marine meteorological and other appropriate oceanographic observations and related data management requirements matters;

(d) Evaluate the latest technical developments in areas related to marine meteorological and oceanographic observations and data management, and to prepare reports and documents concerning these developments, as required;

(e) Provide support to the development, implementation and operation of the WMO Integrated Observing System (WIGOS), including in particular on optimized design, planning, and evolution of global observing systems, and for assuring that the information content of the Observing Systems Capability Analysis and Review tool (OSCAR) is kept accurate, and up to date;

(f) Maintain and enhance the relevant webpages on the WMO and JCOMM websites;

(g) Carry out any other relevant duties as required.

A Master's degree or equivalent in physical oceanography or marine meteorology. A Ph.D. or equivalent would be an advantage.

At least eight years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in marine meteorological or oceanographic activities, including managing observing networks and systems, the required data exchange, design planning and evolution of observing systems, measurement technology, and the development of best/standard observing practices. Experience drafting, reviewing and publishing technical and scientific reports, documents and publications. Experience organizing and coordinating international scientific/technical conferences and meetings.

Other requirements
Familiarity with the Programmes and activities of WMO. Excellent planning and management skills. Ability to manage large technical projects of a complex nature. Ability to work independently or in a team. Sense of responsibility, maturity of judgment, initiative and originality of ideas. Excellent coordination, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills. Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. Ability to foster team spirit, international cooperation and to work in a multicultural environment.

Excellent Knowledge of English or French and a good working knowledge of the other language. Knowledge of other official languages of the Organization would be an advantage.

(Note: The official languages of the Organization are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.)
The Secretary-General may appoint a candidate at a grade below the advertised grade of the post, with the possibility of promotion to that grade within three years of appointment, subject to satisfactory appraisal of performance.
Possibility of renewal subject to the availability of funds and pending satisfactory performance after an initial probationary period of one year which can be extended up to a maximum of two years.

Annual net base salary on initial appointment is: US$ 69032

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 55364 (in addition to the net base salary)

The net base salary and post adjustment are subject to change without notice. In line with recent communications from the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) a decrease in the post adjustment is expected in the near future.
Additional Information:
Only applicants in whom WMO has a further interest will be contacted.
Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit a written assessment and/or an interview.
Date of issue of vacancy notice: 16 February 2016

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