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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 3 January 2020 Recruitment Completed

Scientific Officer


Geneva, Switzerland

1 February 2020
or as soon as possible thereafter

Fixed-term - 2 years

WIS Data Representation, Metadata and Monitoring (DRMM) Division, WMO Information System (WIS) Branch
Infrastructure 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 of the Chief of the WMO Information System (WIS) Data Representation, Metadata and Monitoring Division (DRMM), and within delegated authority, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
(a) Support the activities of expert groups or equivalent established by WMO Technical Commissions, including drafting documents, reports and guides related to the representation of data and metadata, and monitoring;
(b) Support the development and updating of the Manual on Codes (WMO Publication No. 306) and the WMO core profile of the ISO 19100 series of geographic information standards;
(c) Develop qualitative information, databases, etc. required for recurrent or ad hoc assignments;
(d) Contribute to the development of data and metadata standards for the WIS and WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS), and assist WMO Members in their implementation;
(e) Attend international, regional, and national meetings for consultations with colleagues in other institutions dealing with WIS and WIGOS data and metadata standards issues;
(f) Assist in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on WIS and WIGOS data and metadata standards issues;
(g) Follow intergovernmental meetings, prepares summary reports and provide substantive support, as needed;
(h) Organize training seminars/workshops for national experts addressing WIS and WIGOS data and metadata standards issues;
(i) Undertake on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally;
(j) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

University degree in meteorology, climatology, hydrology or a closely related field. A degree in the area of Information Technology or Geographical Information Systems would be an advantage.

At least five years of progressively responsible experience in operational meteorology, climatology or hydrology. Two years participating in expert teams related to data management, data representation and metadata at the international level would be an advantage. Demonstrated experience in the up-to-date practices and standards for coding meteorological and related data and metadata as well as in the application of the ISO 19100 series of geographic information standards. Ability to draft technical reports and documents.

Other requirements
Knowledge of WMO codes (BUFR, GRIB, IWXXM, etc.), other international data standards (NetCDF, CF conventions, HDF, etc.), WMO Technical Regulations, and OGC and ISO standards for geographic information, metadata and catalogues. Demonstrated experience of working in a virtual team using GitHub or similar collaborative tools. Demonstrated ability to work with Unified Model Language (UML) and Extensible Markup Language (XML). Experience of agile project management is an advantage. Excellent analytical skills, maturity of judgement, originality of ideas, and good planning and organizational skills. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to foster diversity and team spirit.

Excellent knowledge of English (both oral and written). 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.
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$ 60233

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 48789 (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 27 to 31 January 2020.
Date of issue of vacancy notice: 6 December 2019

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