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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 2 December 2019 Recruitment Completed

Project Liaison Officer, ROA/AFLDC/DRA


Abuja, Nigeria

1 February 2020
or as soon as possible thereafter

Fixed-term - 2 years

Regional Office for Africa, Offices for Africa and Least Developed Countries,
Development and Regional Activities 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 and guidance of the WMO Representative for North, Central and West Africa, and in close collaboration with the WMO Technical Coordinator and with the Volta Flood and Drought Management Project Manager, the incumbent will support the planning and delivery of the CREWS and Volta projects, as well as the provision of technical advisory services from the World Meteorological Organization to the World Bank and to the French Development Agency, working in close collaboration with the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in Burkina Faso, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Niger, Benin, Ghana and Togo, with the regional centers (Economic Community of West African States, Regional Training Centre for Agrometeorology and Operational Hydrology and their Applications, the Dakar Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre (RSMC), the Nigerian Meteorological Agency) and other entities involved in the projects. In particular, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Effectively liaise with the countries and regional institutions to engage them in planning and implementing the projects to ensure the agreed project management methods, standards and processes are maintained throughout the project lifecycle;

(b) Support WMO and NMHSs with the supervision of technical assistance providers engaged by WMO in the projects in carrying out their duties at an optimum level through ensuring efficient and effective resource utilization;

(c) Facilitate technical advisory services/country support from WMO to the NMHSs and the regional centers (in relation with direct provision of technical assistance for the management of a EUR 28 million investment in Côte d'Ivoire, and with technical guidance for investments such as USD 32 million in Burkina Faso, USD 31 million in Mali, and about USD 30 million in Togo and Chad);

(d) Liaise effectively with the Project focal points in the NMHSs, the technical coordinators and other colleagues in WMO and other supporting partners to provide technical advisory services informed by best practices;

(e) Work closely with the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) in relation with the development or implementation of the National Frameworks for Climate Services in Burkina Faso, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Benin, Ghana and Togo and ensure the best possible coordination and synergy;

(f) Support NMHSs in planning stakeholder engagement activities to ensure effective implementation and coordination of project activities;

(g) Facilitate the production of papers and reports to enhance the visibility of the NMHSs, regional institutions and WMO;

(h) Assist the WMO Representative for North, Central and West Africa in the work and activities of the WMO Office for NCWA;

(i) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Masters degree or equivalent in operational meteorology, hydrology, hydrometeorology, or a discipline relevant to early warning, disaster risk reduction or flood risk management.

At least five years of progressively responsible experience in planning and managing technical cooperation programmes and relevant advocacy programmes in hydrology, meteorology, early warning systems, flood management or disaster risk reduction. Working experience or close cooperation with National Meteorogical and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) or similar national institutions, and with international/United Nations agencies operating at regional and national level. Understanding of Central and West Africa's climate service needs, climate change adaptation information, vulnerabilities and risks. Experience in supporting inter-organizational networks and partnerships at the operational level. Knowledge of the region, and a good network of contacts from various and diverse regional and national institutions. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the management of complex, multi-disciplinary capacity-building programmes involving national governments, civil society and international organizations. Knowledge of the United Nations system at global, regional and country levels. Experience in establishing inter-organizational networks and partnerships at the operational level. Demonstrated knowledge of project management and coordination skills; a recognized project management certification would be an added advantage.

Other requirements
Proven leadership and diplomacy skills; able to coordinate multiple stakeholders and guide a process at regional and national levels. Good relations and work experience with regional partners in Central and West Africa. Good track record of achievements organizing regional and national level multi-stakeholder processes. Experience with budgeting, planning, reporting, and monitoring and evaluation of projects. Ability to communicate effectively and relate to Government and regional institutions applying different administrative procedures. Ability to seek and apply knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside of the project. Builds strong relationships with clients, anticipate and understand client needs, formulate clear strategic plans, prioritise interventions, and determine resources needs according to priorities. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to foster diversity and team spirit.

Excellent knowledge of English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. 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$ 60962

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 21154 (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 6 to 9 January 2020.
Date of issue of vacancy notice: 4 November 2019

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