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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 24 July 2017 Recruitment Completed

Associate Technical Coordinator (Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP) and OceanSITES), MAR/OSD/OBS


Geneva, Switzerland

15 September 2017
or as soon as possible thereafter

Fixed-term - 1 year

Marine and Ocean Meteorological Observations and Data Management (MAR) Unit, WMO Observing Systems Division (OSD),
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 (OSD), the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Contribute to the planning, implementation and operations of the global data buoy networks, in close consultation with WMO Members and Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Member States stakeholders, by: providing technical advice; maintaining technical documentation (including keeping dynamic web information system and monthly status reports up to date); engaging in the Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) in situ Observing Platform Support Centre (JCOMMOPS) common infrastructure, to the benefit of the Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP) and OceanSITES, including updating the JCOMMOPS metadata database; providing other information based on emerging needs, findings and discussions of the DBCP (including its Action Groups, Task Teams and Pilot Projects) and OceanSITES; and supporting capacity development activities within WMO and IOC Member States;

(b) Report to the regular meetings of the DBCP, OceanSITES, JCOMM-Observations Coordination Group (JCOMM-OCG), and other JCOMM programmes on the status and plans for observing platforms, data communications, and on other tasks charged to the JCOMMOPS. Participate at relevant technical or scientific meetings as a representative to DBCP and OceanSITES;

(c) Monitor, resolve and communicate all actions items as identified by DBCP or OceanSITES sessions and report on resolved, ongoing and/or outstanding action items at sessions. Perform administrative duties and support to the Panels (e.g., planning meetings, workshops, etc.), as required;

(d) Assist members of the DBCP and OceanSITES by providing technical advice on collecting and distributing quality-controlled, real-time and delayed mode, observational platform data. Ensure the internationally agreed procedures for data management are being implemented and the data are distributed, either through the WMO Global Telecommunications System (GTS) or into appropriate (real-time and delayed mode) data distribution and archive systems. Provide assistance on the development of standard data exchange formats (i.e., Binary Universal Form for the Representation of meteorological data (BUFR), NetCDF, etc.) for sharing data onto the GTS and for other data systems from all observational platform types. Review, monitor use and compliance, and relay feedback, on the quality control procedures and/or guidelines for observing platform data. Perform trend analysis of data and highlight risks;

(e) Assist in and develop systems for the submission and collection of metadata for data buoy platforms from the respective platform operators. Ensure the appropriate metadata for DBCP and OceanSITES networks are submitted to the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) OSCAR/Surface repository;

(f) Participate in the development of cooperative arrangements for use of moored platforms and for buoy deployment and maintain information on buoy deployment opportunities, and strategies, and risks. Liaise with other met-ocean observing programmes to complement and augment the goals of DBCP and OceanSITES such as real-time and delayed mode data sharing, and ship time coordination, testing of new technologies, etc.;

(g) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Masters of Science or equivalent in physics, mathematics, engineering, oceanographic, atmospheric or environmental science. Training in the field of information systems would be an asset.

At least three years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in observations of oceanography, meteorology or its applications. Experience coordinating activities related to meteorology, oceanography or in the field of atmospheric science. Understanding of observational platform requirements for operational meteorology and oceanography. Knowledge of operational procedures and practices regarding the deployment of instruments at sea. Experience with data management procedures in place at meteorological or oceanographic centres for the exchange of observational data. Experience drafting and reviewing technical reports and documents.

Other requirements
Sense of responsibility, maturity of judgement, initiative, originality of ideas and an ability to work independently and in a team. Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal and analytical skills. Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. Experience in computer programming, database management systems, SQL and/or web development would be an asset. Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and manage multiple workloads with minimum supervision. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and foster team spirit.

Excellent knowledge of English. 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.
This position is funded from extra-budgetary resources. Renewal or extension of the position depends on the availability of funds and satisfactory performance after an initial probationary period of one year, which can be extended up to a maximum of two years. The incumbent might be relocated to Brest, France.

Annual net base salary on initial appointment is: US$ 47803

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 33701 (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. The interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of 28 August to 1 September 2017.

Date of issue of vacancy notice: 27 June 2017

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