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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 6 May 2020 Recruitment Completed

Scientific Officer, Ocean Observations Panel for Physics and Climate


Geneva, Switzerland

15 July 2020
or as soon as possible thereafter

Fixed-term - 2 years

Earth System Monitoring Division, Earth System 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 Head of the Earth System Monitoring (ESM) Division, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Take primary responsibility for providing Secretariat support to the Ocean Observations Panel for Physics and Climate (OOPC) of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), including preparation of input documents, meeting reports;

(b) Funnel OOPC input to relevant bodies of the working structures of the OOPC parent bodies: the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS);

(c) Liaise with the relevant Secretariat support staff and governance mechanisms of the parent bodies of OOPC, namely GOOS, GCOS and WCRP, to help ensure that the work of OOPC is aligned with their strategic goals;

(d) Take an active role in facilitating the integration of the work of OOPC into the general work streams of GCOS and WMO, in particular as concerns the Rolling Review of Requirements;

(e) Provide scientific and programme management advice to the ocean observing communities with respect to the implementation of sustained satellite-based and in-situ based observations of Essential Climate Variables;

(f) Manage and coordinate Secretariat support to the Infrastructure Commission and its Standing Committees, Study Groups and other elements of its working structure as well as other WMO constituent bodies regarding matters related to GOOS and ocean-related issues within GCOS and WIGOS;

(g) Support the Division Head and the Branch Director in relevant planning, budgeting and reporting activities;

(h) Oversee the reviewing and editing of reports prepared by expert teams, rapporteurs, individual experts and others related to the activities of the Division;

(i) Liaise as needed with relevant other Departments in the Secretariat and with the Coordinator for Oceans regarding activities related to the design, deployment, operation and use of ocean observing systems;

(j) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master's degree or equivalent in oceanography, meteorology, climatology or related field within the physical sciences. A Doctorate would be an advantage.

A minimum of eight years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in planning, managing, coordinating ocean observing activities, preferably at the international level.

Other requirements
Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. Excellent understanding of ocean observing systems and ocean-climate-related communities. Understanding of WMO Programmes and projects. Proven ability to draft documents and reports. Good analytical, communication and interpersonal skills. Maturity of judgement, initiative and creativity. Ability to plan, organize and manage the work with minimum supervision. 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 extra-budgetary 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$ 77326

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 59232 (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.
Date of issue of vacancy notice: 8 April 2020

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