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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 13 May 2019 Under Recruitment

Scientific Officer (Aircraft-based Observing Systems), OSD/OBS


Geneva, Switzerland

15 July 2019
or as soon as possible thereafter

Fixed-term - 2 years

Aircraft Observation 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 overall supervision of the Chief, WMO Observing Systems Division (C/OSD), and the direct guidance of the Scientific Officer, (Aircraft and Remotely-sensing Observations), the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Coordinate the activities of the WMO Executive Council Task Team on the WMO-IATA Collaborative AMDAR Programme (WICAP);

(b) Conceptualize, develop and lead planning activities and processes associated with the implementation of WICAP;

(c) Coordinate interaction with and between WMO technical commissions and regional associations on implementation and operation of WICAP;

(d) Facilitate and oversight the establishment of the WICAP Governing Body and the WICAP Oversight Planning and Coordination Team;

(e) Facilitate and oversight the establishment of the IATA-WMO agreement on the WICAP;

(f) Interact with IATA on the development, implementation and ongoing operation of the WICAP;

(g) Develop processes for and coordinate the provision of requirements and the development of regional association plans for establishment and operation of regional AMDAR programmes under the WICAP;

(h) Develop the roles and coordinate the establishment of the WICAP Regional Operating Centres under the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS);

(i) Coordinate the establishment and operation of the WICAP Global Data Optimization System;

(j) Manage and assist where required the development and coordination of the WMO Aircraft-based Observations Programme, particularly pertaining to the establishment of international practices and procedures for the operation of the WMO AMDAR observing system;

(k) Assist on other WIGOS-related issues under the WMO Observing Systems Division (OSD) work programme.

(l) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Masters of Science or equivalent in meteorology, science, mathematics or a closely related field.

At least eight years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience as a programme or project manager within a meteorological or scientific agency. Experience with project oversight and implementation of operational observing systems. Demonstrated knowledge of meteorological data use, benefits and impacts, scientific measurement and data management. Ability to analyse and prepare progress and performance reports related to observing systems development and operations. Experience drafting, reviewing and publishing technical and scientific reports, documents and publications. Experience organizing and coordinating international scientific/technical conferences and meetings.

Other requirements
Sense of responsibility, maturity of judgement, initiative and originality of ideas. Excellent coordination, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to manage large technical projects of a complex nature. Demonstrated experience in project development, coordination and management. Ability to work independently or in a team. 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. 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$ 73516

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 49697 (in addition to the net base salary)

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 17 to 21 June 2019.
Date of issue of vacancy notice: 15 April 2019

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