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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 11 May 2020 Recruitment Completed

Head, World Climate Research Programme


Geneva, Switzerland

15 July 2020
or as soon as possible thereafter

Fixed-term - 2 years

World Climate Research Division,
Science and Innovation 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 Director, Science and Innovation (SI) Department, and the direction of the Chair of the Joint Scientific Committee (JSC), the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Support the WMO/IOC-UNESCO/ISC WCRP JSC in its mission to coordinate and promote international climate research for society:

- Assist the WCRP JSC in formulating and implementing the strategic objectives of the program;

- Lead the preparation of key meetings, guidance materials, plans, evaluations and reports;

- Prepare the workplans and executing arrangements of the implementation of WCRP JSC strategic directions as established at the JSC annual sessions (including for the International Project Offices);

- Liaise with and organize necessary reporting to the sponsoring organizations (WMO, IOC-UNESCO and ISC) and manage partnership with other agencies, institutions and scientific entities relevant to the WCRP;

(b) Manage the WCR Division staff to ensure that the planned work and activities are carried out in time and with high quality standard:

- Ensure adequate resource allocation for the planned work and mobilize extrabudgetary and in-kind resources to enhance the workplan;

- Monitor and assess the performance of the staff based on the indicators of strategic objectives and provide inputs for results-based budgeting;

- Take part in recruitment to enhance skills and competencies in the Joint Planning Staff;

- Provide guidance and training to staff, foster teamwork, and establish effective communication among the WCRP team and across organizational structure;

- Lead the WCRP-related contributions of the WMO Research Board and Science Advisory Panel to ensure WCRP alignment with WMO Strategic Objectives, as well as the strategic priorities of the other programme co-sponsors;

(c) Provide guidance to the Director of the Science and Innovation (SI) Department and to WCRP co-sponsoring organizations on the overall direction and implementation of WRCP plans:

- Prepare input for the work programme of the SI Department, identify priorities and resources;

- Provide substantial input in the preparation of position papers and reports for presentation to governing bodies and their policy-making organs, as appropriate;

- Ensure close coordination and efficient use of resources with the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) and the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW), in particular, with regards to enhancing seamless climate and weather predictions and projections;

(d) Maintain and foster the development of joint activities between WCRP and other WMO Programmes under the Research Board and Services and Infrastructure Technical Commissions that address the needs of Members in Earth system prediction, projection, training and service delivery;

(e) Foster effective exchange and collaboration with other relevant international research programmes and networks, including Future Earth;

(f) Represent WCRP and WMO at inter-agency meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive climate-related issues;

(g) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master's degree or equivalent in climate science, or a closely related scientific field. A Ph.D would be an advantage.

At least 10 years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in relevant climate studies and global change research. Demonstrated experience in climate research either as a scientist, manager or leader. Demonstrated experience in strategy development, planning, project development, implementation and monitoring for the achievement of results and fundraising. Proven experience in coordinating multiple stakeholders for programme delivery and in organizing coordination and capacity development activities, including missions, meetings and workshops. First-hand acquaintance or previous involvement with World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) climate research activities. Proven knowledge the procedures of international organizations and/or coordination of international scientific/technical projects would be an advantage.

Other requirements
Good understanding of the United Nations, including WMO programmes and activities and international organization processes. 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 organizing and managing work programmes. 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 (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$ 92731

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 71032 (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: 13 April 2020

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