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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 20 June 2019 Recruitment Completed

Head, CREWS Secretariat, DP/CER


Geneva, Switzerland

1 July 2019
or as soon as possible thereafter

Fixed-term - 2 years

Office of Development Partnerships,
Cabinet and External Relations 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, Cabinet and External Relations (D/CER) Department, and the direct supervision of the Director, Office of Development Partnerships (D/DP), within delegated authority, and in close collaboration with the three Implementing Partners, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Effectively plan and manage the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) Secretariat; manage and monitor the budget; ensure activities are carried out in a timely fashion, with good internal coordination; manage guide and train staff under his/her supervision; foster teamwork and communication within the CREWS Secretariat and across organizational boundaries;

(b) Service the CREWS Steering Committee, and, in particular: (i) coordinate and oversee the reception and consolidation of project proposals and funding requests from the implementing entities for submission and review by the Steering Committee; (ii) coordinate and oversee the meetings of the Steering Committee; (iii) oversee the drafting and circulating minutes of Steering Committee discussions; and (iv) notifying the Trustee of funding requests approved by the Steering Committee;

(c) Support and provide guidance to the CREWS implementing entities on the processes and requirements as laid out by the Steering Committee;

(d) Report regularly to the Steering Committee and Donors with periodic financial reports submitted by the implementing entities;

(e) Receive and consolidate annual reports on implementation results for submission and approval by the Steering Committee;

(f) Work closely with the Trustee to ensure that the Trustee has all the information necessary to carry out its responsibilities;

(g) Coordinate and facilitate fund raising efforts of CREWS and manage relationship with donors, including answering queries from donors and partner countries on non-financial issues (financial issues will be handled by the Trustee);

(h) Convene the CREWS community (i.e., implementing entities, Steering Committee members) and represent the CREWS Secretariat at meetings, seminars, etc., and related partnership initiatives; participate in international, regional and national meetings and hold discussions with representatives of other institutions regarding the CREWS Initiative;

(i) Align CREWS programmes with international frameworks and partnerships on early warning, such as the Climate Change agreements under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), the Sendai Framework and the 2030 sustainable development agenda;

(j) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master's degree or equivalent in environmental management, meteorology, hydrology, climatology, disaster risk management, geography, international development or a closely related field. A Doctorate or equivalent would be an advantage.

At least 10 years of national and international progressively responsible experience in the design and management of projects and programmes relevant to the provision of climate services in developing countries. Demonstrated experience in project development, implementation and monitoring for the achievement of results. Proven experience in coordinating multiple stakeholders for programme delivery and in organizing coordination and capacity development activities, particularly in developing countries, including missions, meetings and workshops. Technical experience in an operational environment of a meteorological, hydrological or environmental entity.

Other requirements
Good understanding of WMO programmes and activities and international organization processes. Experience with other United Nations organizations and International Finance Institutions. Excellent managerial, supervisory, organizational, qualitative and quantitative skills. Solid coordination, interpersonal and communication skills. Demonstrated responsibility, maturity of judgement and initiative and originality of ideas. Experience organizing and managing work programmes. Ability to write clear and succinct reports, documents and correspondence. 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.
The 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$ 88162

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 56688 (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 22 to 26 July 2019.
Date of issue of vacancy notice: 23 May 2019

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