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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 26 July 2019 Recruitment Completed

Director, Cabinet


Geneva, Switzerland

1 October 2019
or as soon as possible thereafter

Fixed-term - 2 years

Office of the Secretary-General
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.

Responsible to the Secretary-General, the incumbent is accountable for the management of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General and the strategic, diplomatic and political support functions provided to the Executive Management (Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General), and ensures that the Executive Office carries out its work as an integral part of the Secretariat.

In the exercise of the function, the Director shall:

i. Provide leadership and coordination support to the Executive Management on political, strategic, diplomatic and policy issues and coordinate the Executive Management at senior level meetings or missions as appropriate; ensure the efficient management and overall coordination of the WMO Executive Management. Provide sherpa-level preparation for meetings with Heads of State and Government, Ministers, Ambassadors, UN Secretary-General's cabinet at UNHQ and senior UN officials, including Executive Heads from the UN system and related organizations;

ii. Plan, manage and direct the activities of the EOSG, including supervision of staff and management of the budget and resources with high efficiency and effectiveness; establish and manage the EOSG annual objectives with measurable performance indicators, targets and deliverables; maintain close collaboration with the Directors and Heads of other WMO Departments and Offices ensuring the joint planning and support to all WMO strategic objectives relevant to the EOSG;

iii. Supervise and manage the WMO diplomatic protocol and interactions with counterpart directors of cabinet and senior UN Officials including close interaction with the UN Secretary-General's office in New York, and key UN system Agencies, Funds and Programmes. Provide overall supervision to the Chief of the Communications and Public Affairs Office and maintain oversight on strategic executive communications and organization messaging;

iv. Lead the Secretariat coordination for the Board of Directors and facilitate and participate in regular meetings of the Executive Management; be responsible for the management of executive support liaison of meetings of the WMO Bureau, including interactions and support to the President and Vice-Presidents of WMO and Permanent Representatives. Manage the coordination of relevant internal committees and WMO Audit Committee;

v. Support to the WMO Governing bodies and their subsidiary bodies to develop, for consideration by the Executive Council, Congress and Secretary-General, the innovative and/or change management practices, by promoting new technologies to the operations of the EOSG and mobilize needed resources (trust funds, in-kind contributions, etc.) for supporting WMO Members;

vi. Act as WMO leading focal point with overall managerial responsibility for the WMO External Relations portfolio and partnerships ensuring efficient oversight and active implementation and follow-up of high-level agreements and MoUs. Supervise the WMO Representative and coordinator at the United Nations Headquarters New York Liaison Office and the Chief of the Joint EUMETNET/WMO Liaison Office in Brussels, to ensure engagement with UN and E.U. policy and partnership issues; develop and maintain relationships with WMO key counterparts in the international community;

vii. Monitor and manage the WMO delegation of authority, assessment and evaluation of deliverables, and maintain executive oversight functions on departmental performance; arrange regular reporting to the Executive Management on established key performance indicators and milestones; ensure WMO organizational delivery, strategic planning, risk mitigation and the transmission of political/public messages; collect, compile and provide relevant information for monitoring and evaluating implementation performance and reporting based on the key performance indicators, targets and deliverables associated with WMO Strategic and Operation Plan;

viii. Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master's degree or equivalent in meteorology, hydrology, geophysical/environmental science or a closely related field. Additional qualifications such as a Ph.D. in a relevant field would be an advantage.

At least 12 years of combined national and international experience in science policy coordination, diplomacy and external relations as would be acquired in a senior function in a United Nations organization or national government entity. Experience in Executive support functions to a UN Principals cabinet and planning, organising and implementing science policy-related issues at the international level. International Representational experience preferably at UN Headquarters. Extensive engagement with senior diplomatic officials of national missions, government ministries, UN Secretariat departments and Executive Heads of the UN System Organizations and the media. Experience of handling and preparing UN resolutions, official diplomatic reports and high-level correspondence for a UN Principal and a cabinet office.

Other requirements
Excellent managerial, communication, coordination and analytical skills. Demonstrated qualities of confidentiality, diplomacy and integrity. Initiative, originality of ideas, creativity, ability to plan, organize and direct relevant activities, supervise and motivate staff in multicultural, multinational and multidisciplinary teams. Ability to work independently and to foster international cooperation and communications and to promote the image and visibility of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and WMO as the foremost United Nations agency on weather, climate and water and as major contributors to sustainable development. Experience of negotiating and persuading senior decision makers. Ability to use Microsoft Office applications.

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$ 100800

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 66629 (in addition to the net base salary)

Additional Information:
This post is subject to classification. Applicants selected for interview will be informed of the classified grade upon invitation.

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 2 to 6 September 2019.
Date of issue of vacancy notice: 28 June 2019

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