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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 27 September 2017 Recruitment Completed

Scientific Officer (Projects Coordination), DPFS/WDS


Geneva, Switzerland

15 January 2018
or as soon as possible thereafter

Fixed-term - 2 years

Data-processing and Forecasting System (DPFS) Division
Weather and Disaster Risk Reduction Services 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 overall guidance of the Director, Weather and Disaster Risk Reduction Services (WDS) Department, and the direct supervision of the Chief, Data-processing and Forecasting System (DPFS) Division, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Take first line responsibility and undertake planning, organizing, participating in, and preparing reports of expert/technical events relevant to the Global Data-processing and Forecasting System (GDPFS) programme;

(b) Coordinate the implementation of the Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP) and ensure synergies with other programmes' activities such as the Flash Flood Guidance System (FFGS) and Coastal Inundation Forecasting Demonstration Project (CIFDP);

(c) Maintain information on the status and evolution of the GDPFS (i.e., maintain a database of information using various methods and sources; preparing and providing various routine reports and respond to requests and enquiries; and update the WMO website related section);

(d) Support the Steering Group on Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SG SWFDP) and the Commission for Basic Systems (CBS) Open Programme Area Group on Data Processing and Forecasting Systems (CBS OPAG-DPFS) and their subsidiary bodies and rapporteurs in the implementation of their work programme;

(e) Maintain liaison with other WMO technical commissions, regional associations, WMO co-sponsored programmes and international organizations and donors on DPFS-related issues;

(f) Participate in, or contribute to, the development of documentation for sessions of the World Meteorological Congress, the WMO Executive Council and other relevant Constituent Body sessions;

(g) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master's degree or equivalent in meteorology or atmospheric science or a closely related field with specialization in Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) and/or operational meteorology.

At least eight years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in meteorological services, including operational meteorology and project management, of which two years in an international organization coordinating activities related to meteorology and/or capacity development. Proven experience in organizing and coordinating scientific/technical meetings and/or conferences. Familiarity with the structure and working procedures of WMO and the United Nations system would be an advantage.

Other requirements
Sense of integrity, responsibility, maturity of judgment, initiative and creativity; Excellent organizational, interpersonal, analytical and communication skills; Ability to draft reports, correspondence and documents clearly and succinctly in English; Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and manage multiple workloads; Ability to work independently and in a team; Familiarity with the work of WMO, technical commissions, regional associations and, in particular, the Commission for Basic Systems (CBS) would be an advantage. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to 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.
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$ 54052 (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 13 to 17 November 2017.
Date of issue of vacancy notice: 30 August 2017

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