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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 26 July 2019 Recruitment Completed

Director, Public-Private Engagement


Geneva, Switzerland

1 October 2019
or as soon as possible thereafter

Fixed-term - 2 years

Public-Private Engagement,
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 Executive Management (Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General), the incumbent is accountable for the management of the WMO Public and Private Engagement.

In the exercise of the function the Director shall:

i. Determine the strategic direction of WMO activities on public-private engagement (PPE); ensure the quality and relevance of these activities keeping WMO's lead role in the dialogue between the public, private and academic sectors;

ii. Direct staff under her/his supervision and foster an environment that values innovation, motivation, performance, teamwork, skills development and knowledge sharing; be responsible for the preparation and efficient use of the PPE Division's budget;

iii. Provide assistance and advice to the Secretary-General on PPE; support the Congress, the Executive Council (EC) and its subsidiary bodies in the preparation of WMO decisions, documents and materials on the weather enterprise and PPE; coordinate the development of policy papers, white papers, guidelines and other WMO material on various subjects of PPE and weather enterprise;

iv. Provide assistance to the regional associations, technical commissions and individual Members in raising awareness on PPE in relevant aspects of their work, and ensure a coherent and consistent approach to PPE issues across WMO bodies;

v. Maintain close liaison with partners and stakeholder organizations on the subject of PPE, such as the UN, and its specialized and related agencies, the World Bank, the Association of Hydro-Meteorological Equipment Industry (HMEI), National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of Members and other relevant parties;

vi. Organize working mechanisms for dialogue and engagement with the private and academic sectors, such as the Open Consultative Platform (OCP); coordinate activities and convene relevant international events;

vii. Address issues related to compliance with international standards, authorization and licensing, data policy, quality management, competency of personnel, the context of the weather enterprise and PPE;

viii. Organize outreach activities with WMO Members highlighting challenges and opportunities related to PPE; organize systematic collection of existing practices, economic analyses and assessments and provide summaries to inform SG, EC and Congress decisions on the weather enterprise and PPE; raise internal awareness on the PPE subject by organizing information events on the weather enterprise and PPE for the Secretariat staff members;

ix. Promote innovation and efficiency through cooperation between the public, private and academic sectors; work on engagement of civil society in the dialogue; mobilize needed resources (trust funds, in-kind contributions, hosting WMO activities and facilities, etc.); assess and manage risks; provide support to WMO Members, through collaboration with the NMHSs, and other relevant national institutions and to regional associations, for the WMO PPE activities;

x. Carry out other relevant duties as required.

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

At least 12 years of national and international progressively responsible experience in the organization and management of all aspects of meteorological, hydrological, climatological, and related environmental services. Demonstrated experience in establishing partnership with private sector's organizations and stakeholders, including in coordinating multi-sector, multiple stakeholders activities for enhanced dialogue and mutual awareness. Experience in working with regulators and development of policy and normative frameworks. Rich technical experience in various aspects of WMO business areas allowing for critical assessment of technical solutions from different sectors. Experience in conducting socio-economic benefit assessments, and other analytical studies.

Other requirements
Good understanding of WMO programmes and activities and international organization processes. Experience with other United Nations organizations at regional and global levels. 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 in convening international events, including high-level events. 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.
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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