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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 25 March 2019 Recruitment Completed

Associate Technical Coordinator (JCOMM SOT, GO-SHIP and JCOMMOPS Cruise Information Centre), MAR/OSD/OBS


Geneva, Switzerland

1 May 2019
or as soon as possible thereafter

Fixed-term - 1 year

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

(a) Act as a clearinghouse and coordinate activities of the JCOMM Ship Observations Team (SOT), including monitoring ship-based observations, reporting to relevant bodies, and assisting as appropriate in the implementation of ship-based observing systems overseen by the SOT;

(b) Coordinate and monitor repeat hydrography cruises, as part of the Global Ocean Ship-based Hydrographic Investigations Programme (GO-SHIP) and other related or similar projects as appropriate, including gathering and publishing cruise information, organizing community meetings, compiling data requirements, tracking data delivery, and measuring network performance;

(c) Provide support to ship operations and related logistical aspects within JCOMMOPS, including the development of a ship time service; the recruitment of new ships for deployment, retrieval or pilot projects, and the organization of their planning; assisting observing programmes where needed and creating new logistics to fill gaps or address piracy/vandalism issues; assisting in recovering instruments at sea or found by third parties;

(d) Manage ship metadata and information, and gather, integrate and maintain all ship metadata useful for those operations within the JCOMMOPS Information System, develop appropriate tools and services with the JCOMMOPS Information Technology team, and seek and identify opportunities for the deployment of instruments from ships;

(e) Provide technical support and expertise and communicate standards and best practice material related to ship-based observations and observing practices, deployment methods, technology transfer, etc.;

(f) Prepare information documents and provide regular and ad hoc communication with relevant stakeholders, including on SOT activities, and facilitate networking among the SOT community;

(g) Assist with regard to international cooperation, particularly with regard to establishing partnerships, providing a clearinghouse function, organizing or supporting training workshops, promoting donor programmes, and assisting as appropriate with national, regional, and international initiatives;

(h) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Bachelor 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 to foster diversity and 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 six months, which can be extended up to a maximum of one year.

Annual net base salary on initial appointment is: US$ 47322

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 32037 (in addition to the net base salary)

Additional Information:
The incumbent might be relocated to Brest, France. 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 22 to 26 April 2019.
Date of issue of vacancy notice: 25 February 2019

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