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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 15 May 2017 Recruitment Completed

Director, GEO


Geneva, Switzerland

1 July 2018
or as soon as possible thereafter

Fixed-term - 3 years

Group on Earth Observations Secretariat
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.

Overall policy and programmatic direction and supervision for this position come from the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Executive Committee acting on behalf of the GEO Plenary. For administrative matters only, specifically for compliance with WMO Financial and Staff Rules and Regulations, the GEO Secretariat Director is accountable to the WMO Secretary-General. The Director will perform the following duties:

Policy and planning
(a) Informs the Executive Committee about the important factors affecting the mission of GEO and recommends positions and strategies;
(b) Develops and executes multi-year and annual operations plans, aligned with the strategies and policies approved by Plenary, identifies resource requirements to achieve the plans, and annual performance metrics for the plan execution;

Management and administration
(a) Oversees the GEO Secretariat in preparing and supporting meetings and other work of the Plenary, Executive Committee, Programme Board and other sub-entities, as appropriate;
(b) Works with the Lead GEO Co-Chair(s) to identify core issues for Executive Committee and Plenary agendas and facilitates effective discussions and clear outcomes in the Executive Committee, enabling it to fulfill its governance functions, as appropriate;
(c) Develops and executes annual operating budget and oversees the use of GEO Trust Fund resources, ensuring financial responsibility in compliance with the relevant WMO rules;
(d) Manages human resources of the Secretariat, including the development of a staffing plan, recruitment of qualified candidates, evaluation of staff performance, and creates a work environment that encourages creative thinking, collaboration and transparency;
(e) Directs and oversees other day-to-day activities of the Secretariat;

Stakeholder engagement
(a) Develops and recommends to the Executive Committee actions for executing GEO's engagement strategy;
(b) Advocates for the value of Earth observations and GEO to a wide range of external stakeholders;
(c) Develops and maintains strategic relationships with stakeholders, cultivating and pursuing opportunities for co-designing projects, involving downstream users and private sector;
(d) Maintains a solid understanding of priorities, interests and capacities of the GEO community and engages with GEO's Member Governments and Participating Organizations to stimulate their involvement in GEO's priority activities;

Assures compliance of Secretariat's activities with applicable WMO legal, regulatory and ethics rules.

Carry out other related duties as required.

Masters degree or equivalent in natural, social, or applied sciences. A Doctorate or equivalent would be an added advantage.

A minimum of 15 years of national and international progressively responsible experience including organizational management at a senior or executive level. This includes sound financial and human resources management, demonstrated capacity to lead an intergovernmental organization as well as the capacity for formulating and successfully executing organizational strategies and plans. Experience with a wide range of stakeholders (including national governments, international organizations, non-profit organizations and the private sector) as well as the public in general. The applicant should also be capable of serving as a persuasive and engaging proponent of the need for the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) in building a sustainable world for the future. Demonstrated capacity in leading and motivating culturally diverse staff and fostering team spirit.

Other requirements
Solid scientific literacy and broad understanding of the application of Earth observations and environmental information in the Societal Benefit Areas. Solid understanding of economic, social and technological trends and factors as they relate to the implementation of the GEO Strategic Plan 2016-2025: Implementing GEOSS. Maturity of judgment, initiative, originality of ideas, and ability to engage and integrate institutions in an international, multicultural environment.

Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of other working and/or official languages of the WMO Secretariat would be an advantage.

(Note: the working language of the Group on Earth Observations Secretariat is English. The official languages of WMO are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.)
The Secretary-General, in consultation with the Executive Committee, 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.
The selected candidate will take up duty as Director of the GEO Secretariat on 1 July 2018, preceded by a period of transition of up to three months duration in tandem with the incumbent.

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$ 105345

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 83539 (in addition to the net base salary)

Additional Information:
Only applicants in whom GEO has a further interest will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit a written assessment and/or an interview. The interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of 11 to 15 September 2017.
Date of issue of vacancy notice: 24 March 2017

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