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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 31 July 2020 Under Recruitment

Call for Candidates - HIGHWAY CAPEX 2 due diligence


Multiple Duty Stations, various

To be determined


Project Implementation Unit,
Member Services and Development 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 overall guidance of Chief, World Weather Research Division (C/WWR) and the direct supervision of the Head, Project Implementation Unit (H/PIU) and the HIGHWAY Project Manager, the incumbent will perform due diligence and support the fine-tuning and harmonization of technical specifications of pre-defined meteorological-related equipment supporting a regional EWS in the Lake Victoria Basin. The incumbent will perform the following duties:

1. Consultations: Outreach to HIGHWAY national partners (namely Meteo Rwanda, UNMA/ActionAid Uganda, TMA, KMD), relevant stakeholders in the region and relevant technical departments at WMO (Infrastructures (I) Department and the Procurement Unit, among others) to plan for field-level due diligence and fine-tuning of technical specifications. WMO will provide a list of institutions and persons to contact and WMO sub-regional office will liaise with national partners accordingly;

2. Due diligence: Perform a desk and field-level review of CAPEX 2 equipment and confirm the final list of equipment to be procured (Deliverable 2). This task will require extensive field work and collaboration with national partners;

3. Technical specification fine-tuning: Building upon the preliminary list of equipment and the outcome of the due diligence process, bring the CAPEX 2 equipment technical specifications to the level of standards needed for WMO procurement unit to start the purchasing procedure (Deliverable 3). This task will require extensive field-work and collaboration with national partners and WMO Procurement Unit;

4. Technical advice on procurement process: Design a procurement timeline from receipt of approved technical specifications to acceptance of equipment by the NMHS. Provision of technical assessment and advice regarding the evaluation of bids;

5. Installation/commissioning of equipment: Provide support to the installation and commissioning of equipment procured, in close collaboration with the NMHS. This task may require field work;

6. Carry-out any other relevant duties as required.

Master's degree or equivalent in meteorology, climatology, disaster risk management or a closely related field.

At least 10 years of increasing responsibility in planning and managing technical cooperation programmes in meteorology. Demonstrated experience/ability to design and deliver due diligence process and to develop technical specifications for meteorological-related equipment, in the context of provision and delivery of weather and climate information and products in a national, sub-region or regional setting; Demonstrated abilities and contributions to procurement process, preferably in a capacity related to the United Nations system; Solid ability to understand countries' hazards, vulnerabilities and risks and strong technical knowledge of meteorological-related equipment.

Other requirements
Ability to anticipate and understand client needs, formulate clear technical requirements. Ability to develop innovative solutions to address challenging situations; Demonstrated experience working with multiple national and international stakeholders on performing a due diligence process and developing technical specifications; Working experience with international institutions and United Nations agencies would be an advantage; Previous experience in East Africa would also be an advantage; Excellent oral and written communication 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.
This position is funded from extra-budgetary resources. The short-term contractor will be engaged for four months and will have a deliverable-based contract.
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: 3 July 2020

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