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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 22 December 2020 Under Recruitment

Science and Communications Officer


Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 2 years

World Climate Research (WCR) 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 overall guidance of the Director of the Science and Innovation (D/SI) and the direct supervision of the Head of the World Climate Research Division (H/WCR), the incumbent will perform the following duties:

Programme Officer, World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) (at least 50%)

(a) Provide overall programmatic support to key World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) science activities as directed by the WCR Head of Division;

(b) Support the Head of the WCR Division with regard to the development and realization of the WCRP Implementation and Transition process;

(c) Work with staff in the WCR Division to jointly meet key objectives;

(d) Coordinate with the WCRP International Project Offices, as necessary;

(e) Work with relevant activities to provide regular budget and funding updates, and assist the WCR Head of Division in identifying possible sources of funding;

(f) Liaise and coordinate with the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) and the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) in the SI Department as well as other activities as appropriate (e.g., ensuring connections with other WMO Technical Commissions, the Research Board and other WCRP co-sponsored activities);

(g) Maintain current knowledge of climate research progress relevant to the WCRP, especially in terms of developing and delivering climate information that is relevant to societies;

(h) Represent the WCRP (and, when appropriate, the SI Department) in national and international meetings, as required;

(i) Under the guidance of the Head of the WCR Division, work with the WCRP co-sponsors.

Scientific communication strategies and Outreach, Science and Innovation Department (up to 50%)

(a) Identify, propose and develop information and scientific narratives to enhance the visibility of the activities of the WCRP and the activities of the SI Department, and advise on options and techniques for more effective dissemination of relevant messages;

(b) When appropriate, ensure a consistent branding and messaging across the SI Department, for example, with presentations, visualizations, website, social media, etc., taking into account the co-sponsored nature of the WCRP;

(c) Serve as a focal point for the WCRP, the WWRP and the GAW to ensure that their activities are effectively communicated by WMO (and partner) media and communications contacts, when applicable;

(d) Design and support the implementation of regular science and innovation e-news and news stories for the web, including liaising with media and communications contacts;

(e) Work across the Department to identify and support opportunities for early career, underrepresented, and developing country researchers;

(f) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master's degree or equivalent in Climate Science, Earth System Science, Meteorology, Oceanography, Cryospheric Sciences, Social Science or a closely related field. A Ph.D would be an advantage.

A minimum of five years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area. Formal qualification or equivalent experience in science communication, knowledge brokering and stakeholder engagement.

Other requirements
Ability to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate assigned programmes and projects. Ability to plan, organize and manage the work with minimum supervision. Ability to draft clear and succinct communication items, reports, documents and correspondence. Maturity of judgement, initiative and creativity. Excellent analytical, communication and interpersonal skills. Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. Understanding of the United Nations, including WMO programmes and activities and international organization processes would be an advantage. 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$ 62692

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 49903 (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: 24 November 2020

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