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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 26 February 2021 Recruitment Completed

Scientific Officer (Climate Data Management)


Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 2 years

Data and Information Management Division, WMO Information System (WIS) Branch
Infrastructure 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, Infrastructure (D/I) and the direct supervision of the Head, Data and Information Management Division (H/DIM), the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Supporting the Expert Team on Information Management in the Standing Committee on Information Management and Technology (SC-IMT) in drafting regulations and guidance and in planning and implementation activities related to climate data and information management;
(b) Support and facilitate the collection and publication of best practices in climate data and information management with the aim to provide a framework to WMO Members for the effective long-term management of data and information for climate;
(c) Support the development of technical resources and best practices related to historical records management and data rescue;
(d) Support the development of a reference open-source Climate Data Management System (CDMS) for climate and hydrological data management (OpenCDMS) according to the requirements provided by the Commission for Weather, Climate, Water and Related Environmental Services Applications (SERCOM);
(e) Support and facilitate the activities of expert groups or equivalent established by WMO Technical Commissions, including drafting documents, reports and guides related to data and information management;
(f) Support and facilitate the development and updating of the Manual on WMO Information System (WMO Publication No. 1060) and the Guide to the WMO Information System (WMO Publication No. 1061);
(g) Contribute to the development and implementation of WIS 2.0 in relation to climate data and information management;
(h) Contribute to the continuous development of data and metadata standards for the WIS and WIGOS, in the specific area of climate, and assist WMO Members in their implementation;
(i) Attend international, regional, and national meetings for consultations with colleagues in other institutions dealing with WIS and WIGOS climate data and information management issues;
(j) Assist in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on WIS and WIGOS data and metadata standards issues;
(k) Follow intergovernmental meetings, prepare summary reports and provide substantive support, as needed;
(l) Organize training seminars/workshops for national experts addressing WIS and WIGOS data and metadata standards issues;
(m) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in meteorology, climatology, hydrology or a closely related field. A degree in the area of information technology or geographical information systems would be an advantage.

At least five years of progressively responsible experience in operational meteorology, climatology, hydrology or oceanography. Two years participating in expert teams related to data and information management at the international level. Demonstrated experience in the up-to-date practices and standards for climate data collection and climate data and information management. Demonstrated experience of coding of meteorological and related data and metadata using WMO standards. Ability to draft technical reports and documents.

Other requirements
Excellent analytical skills. Knowledge of software development management and experience with programming languages. Knowledge of WMO codes (BUFR, GRIB, IWXXM, ...), other international data standards (NetCDF, CF conventions, HDF, ...), WMO Technical Regulations, and OGC and ISO standards for geographic information, metadata and catalogues. Knowledge of WMO Climate Data Management System is an advantage. Demonstrated experience of working in a virtual team using GitHub or similar collaborative tools. Maturity of judgement; originality of ideas; good planning and organizational 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 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$ 62120

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 50814 (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: 29 January 2021

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