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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 18 December 2020 Under Recruitment



Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 2 years

Disaster Risk Reduction and Public Services (DPS) 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 Director, Services Department (D/S), the incumbent is accountable for the management of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Public Services (DPS) Branch in support of the WMO Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) activities and ensures that this entity carries out its work as an integral part of the Department and with smooth collaboration with others Secretariat entities, including the Regional Offices. The incumbent will be responsible to: formulate and implement the substantive work programme of the DPS Branch; oversee the management of activities undertaken by the Branch; and ensure that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinate work in the different areas both within the Branch and Department, and with other organizations of the United Nations System, as appropriate. The incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Lead, supervise and carry out the WMO Strategic and Operating Plans components related to disaster risk reduction and public services and applications and co-ordinate the work carried out by the Branch and, as appropriate, by other agencies and bodies of the United Nations System;

(b) Co-ordinate and oversee the preparation of reports to the WMO constituent bodies, including the World Meteorological Congress (Cg), the Executive Council (EC), Technical Commissions (TCs) and Regional Associations (RAs), and support their relevant Standing Committees, working groups and mechanisms, in particular, the Standing Committee on DRR and Public Services (SC-DRR), in developing normative and guidance material for Members as well as specific initiatives such as the Global Multi-Hazard Alert System (GMAS) framework and the WMO Coordination Mechanism (WCM) to support humanitarian action;

(c) Report to relevant bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/ substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in the biannual and/or annual reports;

(d) Ensure that the output produced by the Branch maintain high-quality standards; that the reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensure that all output meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates;

(e) Assist Members to identify the role of their National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) to better support decision mechanisms aiming at building disaster resilience, contributing to sustainable development and climate change adaptation in line with the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030 and other global agendas at the local, national, regional and global levels. Provide Members and their NMHSs with coherent and consistent guidance, advice and assistance, as appropriate, on how to establish national coordinating mechanisms to fulfil their mandates as regards to disaster risk reduction and public services being their prerogatives in line with the WMO Strategy for Service Delivery;

(f) Provide guidance, advice and assistance to Members and their NMHSs on developing and/or strengthening their service delivery capacities, including through the design of and support to capacity development projects for Members and their NMHSs at national level, aligned with the WMO Quality Management System (QMS) and competency standards, in close collaboration with other Secretariat Departments/Units, as appropriate;

(g) Assist the Department Director in preparing the work programme of the Branch, determine priorities, and allocate resources for the completion of output and their timely delivery;

(h) Oversee the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Branch, including the preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance, interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting;

(i) Recruit staff, taking due account of geographical balance;

(j) Manage, guide, develop and train staff under his/her supervision;

(k) Foster teamwork and communication among staff in the Branch and across organizational boundaries;

(l) Lead and supervise the organization of meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive issues. Manage the substantive preparation and organization of such meetings or seminars;

(m) Participate in international, regional or national meetings and provide programmatic/substantive expertise, or hold programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions;

(n) Represent the Branch at international, regional or national meetings;

(o) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master's degree or equivalent in meteorology or a related physical science discipline.

A minimum of twelve years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in one or more of the areas constituting the WMO mandate with a focus on weather services, disaster risk reduction, early warning systems and the management of related fields and activities.

Other requirements
Excellent leadership, managerial and supervisory skills, including budget planning and control, change management. A well-developed capacity for planning, organizing and managing complex international programmes. Maturity of judgment, initiative, creativity, excellent interpersonal and communication skills both orally and in writing. 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.)
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$ 106023

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 85879 (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: 20 November 2020

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