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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 3 August 2020 Recruitment Completed

Associate Project Communications Officer


Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Project post

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 the Director, Member Services and Development Department (D/MS) and under the direct supervision of the Head, Project Implementation Unit (H/PIU), the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Contribute to developing, maintaining and updating the projects communication strategy and associated work plan that aims to enhance the visibility of WMO extra-budgetary projects and initiatives as well as highlight impacts;

(b) Develop new communication products, such as leaflets, brochures, PPTs, web and social media content in support of WMO projects;

(c) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

In collaboration with the Communication and Public Affairs (CPA) Office:

(a) Support social media outreach for projects and relevant initiatives;

(b) Support the design, edit and publish of relevant project materials such as post workshop reports and news articles, proposals, factsheets and infographics;

(c) Support communications on WMO regional office web pages;

(d) Assist WMO project officers in the proposal development stage to identify appropriate communication activities for projects;

(e) Ensure that communication baselines are established against which the achievement of objectives of the communication strategy are regularly evaluated; analysis is undertaken to continuously improve the effectiveness of communication strategy, approach and activities; results and reports are prepared and shared on a timely basis.

A Bachelor's degree or equivalent in communication, journalism, public relations, political science or international relations or a closely related field. A Master's degree or equivalent would be an advantage.

A minimum of two years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in developing and producing communication materials in support of an organization's visibility and impact as well as working as an agency focal point for communication. Demonstrated experience in developing content that clearly communicates organizational ideas and experiences for media, web and print production. Knowledge of weather-, water-, climate-related activities of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and/or other United Nations agencies is highly desirable would be an advantage.

Other requirements
Strong sense of responsibility, maturity of judgement, and initiative. Candidate should be able to work independently and as part of a team - with minimum supervision and guidance from supervisor. Excellent written and oral English 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.)
This position is funded from extra-budgetary resources. The appointment and its duration are limited to the duration of the specific project to which the applicant is engaged. This will generally be for not less than two years. Conversion to another type of appointment is not possible. Excellent performers may be recommended for future projects.
Additional Information:
This is a generic vacancy notice for project officers. Selected candidates will be first rostered and then appointed when a project is established. 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: 6 July 2020

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