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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 25 May 2020 Recruitment Completed

Scientific Officer


Geneva, Switzerland

15 August 2020
or as soon as possible thereafter

Fixed-term - 2 years

Services for Aviation Division, Sector Services Branch,
Services 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, Services for Aviation Division (H/AVI), the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Plan, facilitate, coordinate and consolidate evidence-based analysis regarding data, research/literature, trends, practices/models, experience, challenges and opportunities related to meteorological services for aviation:

- Collect, research, analyze, consolidate and present relevant data in services for aviation;

- Monitor recent scientific and technological developments and national, regional and global trends, analyze their implications on services for aviation and recommend additional issues for consideration;

- Identify, analyze, consolidate and present issues that impact services for aviation;

- Research, analyze and present best practices, lessons learnt from past experience and successful models implemented nationally, regionally and/or globally;

- Collect, analyze and present data on WMO activities in support of the implementation of agreed goals relevant to services for aviation and identify gaps;

- Identify, research and present policy papers, guidance notes and other knowledge-based-tools in aeronautical meteorology and climatology;

(b) Under appropriate guidance, collaborate with relevant partners inside and outside WMO and initiate, engage in, and coordinate with, WMO teams and other groups/bodies, as well as external partnerships in meteorological services for aviation:

- Participate in and actively contribute to scientific and technical conferences, symposia and meetings related to services for aviation;

- Coordinate or assist the activities and processes of the WMO technical commissions, standing committees, expert teams and other constituent bodies that address services for aviation;

- Collaborate with relevant partners inside and outside of WMO, including the Services (S) Department, Infrastructure (I) Department and Science and Innovations (SI) Department, and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) and the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG);

- Propose and coordinate external partnerships and networks related to services for aviation;

- Elicit, evaluate and consolidate policy options proposed by partners, ensuring an integrated approach to WMO’s advice and support to WMO Members (national counterparts in government) and external partners;

- Represent WMO in relevant fora to help influence and advance policy on achieving the agreed goals and targets.

(c) Provide substantive advice and propose policy options and interventions on innovative approaches and recent research related to meteorological services for aviation:

- Propose policy options to relevant stakeholders inside and outside WMO and interventions that can help accelerate progress towards agreed goals and targets related to services for aviation;

- Guide substantive support to relevant colleagues in WMO on services for aviation, particularly on approaches to accelerate the achievement of agreed goals;

- Identify, evaluate and present issues and propose recommendations to WMO Management and external partners on how work can be optimized to adapt to emerging trends;

- Identify, assess and highlight trade-offs and risk factors, as well as early-warning indicators that may undermine the achievement of agreed goals and targets and suggest appropriate measures to address them;

- Provide advice on global/corporate guidelines, tools and other materials related to services for aviation;

(d) Contribute to knowledge generation, knowledge management and capacity development activities in meteorological services for aviation:

- Contribute to local, national, regional and global communities of practice and knowledge networks and promote collaboration, peer support, innovation, and good practices, lessons learned, needs and opportunities in services for aviation;

- Document and present good practices in the provision of services for aviation;

- Coordinate the preparation of scientific and technical WMO constituent body input documents and reports, including the analysis of data, and ensure the provision of evidence to build the case for policies and interventions on aeronautical meteorology and climatology;

- Support the maintenance of WMO technical regulations and guidance in aeronautical meteorology and climatology and assist or lead the development of new guides and other relevant publications, taking into account the needs of WMO Members as well as those of ICAO or other relevant international organizations with whom WMO has formal working arrangements or agreements;

- Through the WMO Regional Associations (RAs), provide relevant expert scientific and technical advice and guidance to WMO Members (in particular, their national meteorological and hydrological services or other aeronautical meteorological service providers) in their efforts to implement high-quality, cost-effective services for aviation;

- Prepare training materials and support training activities related to services for aviation;

- Supervise, guide and support staff, consultants and interns, as necessary, to achieve the above;

(e) Carry out any other relevant duties as required.

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in meteorology and/or physics, climatology, engineering or mathematics with subsequent specialization in meteorology.

At least eight years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in aeronautical meteorology or climatology is required, which should have been acquired within a National Meteorological and Hydrological Service (NMHS) or other aeronautical meteorological service provider, a civil aviation administration and/or an international organization with an aeronautical meteorology or climatology component. Familiarization with WMO and with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regional and global programmatic areas and activities in the field of aeronautical meteorology and with aviation users such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) would be an advantage.

Other requirements
Good knowledge of WMO programmatic areas and activities. Proven ability to draft high-quality reports, documents and correspondence. Sense of responsibility, maturity of judgement and initiative as well as excellent interpersonal and communications skills. Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office and other software/applications. 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$ 74913

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 53563 (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: 27 April 2020

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