SCIENTIFC OFFICER (2018, REV.*)

18 December 2018
 
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VACANCY NOTICE NO: 2018, Rev.*
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 10 October 2018 Recruitment Completed
POST

Scientifc Officer
GRADE

P4
DUTY STATION 

Geneva, Switzerland
COMMENCEMENT OF DUTY

1 January 2019
or as soon as possible thereafter
NATURE OF APPOINTMENT

Fixed-term - 2 years
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT

Satellite Data Utilization (SDU) Division, Space Programme Office (SAT)
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.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the direct supervision of the Chief, Satellite Data Utilization (SDU) Division and under the overall guidance of the Director, Observing and Information Systems (OBS) Department, the incumbent will be responsible for WMO matters related to the reception, processing and utilization of satellite data, products and services from the space-based component of the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS), including education and training. The incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Enhance awareness of WMO Members and NMHSs the availability and utilization of Earth observation satellite data, products and services, including those from R&D satellites and for broad Earth system applications in weather, climate, water and relevant environmental areas;

(b) Be responsible for matters related to education and training in the exploitation of satellite data and products throughout WMO Programmes including:
 Implementation of the education and training component of the WMO Space Programme Implementation Plan for the progressive adaptation of the contents of training events as well as the further development of the Virtual Laboratory (including the incorporation of basic tools for remote sensing applications);
 Coordination and monitoring of the introduction of the proposed Integrated Global Data Dissemination Service;
 Review and update, as necessary, the WMO Space Programme Website pages and maintain their consistency with the information contained within the Virtual Laboratory for Education and Training in Satellite Meteorology (V Lab);

(c) Cooperate with WMO Members to develop common basic tools for improving the utilization of research, development and operational Earth observation satellite systems;

(d) Serve as a primary focal point, on satellite matters for satellite data utilization, for technical departments and all WMO and supported programmes including the preparation of budgetary and planning documentation;

(e) Interact with external satellite-related organizations (including the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS), the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), Sustained, Coordinated Processing of Environmental Satellite Data for Climate Monitoring (SCOPE-CM), SCOPE-Nowcasting, and the Virtual Laboratory Focus Group) as required;

(f) Be responsible for supervising the OSCAR/Space Database maintenance and development;

(g) Keep abreast of international developments relating to environmental satellite systems and applications;

(h) Provide support to the WMO Consultative Meetings on High-level Policy on Satellite Matters; support relevant WMO Technical Commissions, WMO Joint and/or co sponsored systems, and their working bodies, in the satellite utilization area and WMO technical cooperation activities;

(i) Be responsible for activities of the WMO Technical Commissions related to the WMO Space Programme, including technical commission sessions as well as relevant work in the subsidiary bodies, including data dissemination, product preparation and data management;

(j) Cooperate closely and effectively with relevant international bodies as required;

(k) Keep abreast of international developments by collecting, assembling and analyzing relevant documents on current satellite issues including data access and availability and the technical programmes of satellite operators;

(l) Prepare relevant scientific reports, studies and documents;

(m) Carry out other relevant duties as required.
QUALIFICATIONS

Education
Masters of Science in meteorology, oceanography, engineering or related science. A Doctorate or equivalent would be an advantage.

Experience
At least eight years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in operational or research meteorology and satellite systems. Knowledge of methods for determining environmental parameters with satellite data as well as with education and training at a recognized training centre is preferred. Knowledge of advanced dissemination techniques for satellite data and products is also preferred.

Other requirements
Comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of operational meteorology and particularly of satellite meteorology, operational hydrology, climate change, climate monitoring, climate detection, remote-sensing techniques and education and training methodologies. Maturity of judgment, sense of responsibility, demonstrated talent and ability for coordinating large international projects in cooperation with national and international research programmes and partners. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds. Proven ability to draft reports, documents and correspondence. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to foster diversity and team spirit.

Languages
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.
SALARY AND ALLOWANCES

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

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 55916 (in addition to the net base salary)

Additional Information:
* THIS IS A RE-ISSUED VACANCY NOTICE. CANDIDATES WHO HAVE APPLIED TO vn 2018 HAVE BEEN DULY CONSIDERED AND DO NOT NEED TO RE-APPLY.
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 10 to 14 December 2018.
Date of issue of vacancy notice: 12 September 2018

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