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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 3 March 2021 Recruitment Completed

Scientific Officer (Climate Science Capacity Development)


Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 2 years

Climate Services (CS) 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 overall guidance of the Director, Climate Services Branch (D/CS) and the direct supervision of the Senior Scientific Coordinator, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Develops qualitative information, databases etc. required for capacity development and implementation of Climate Services;
(b) Drafts inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on issues related to climate science-policy, implementation and capacity development support for articulating the climate science basis for adaptation/mitigation planning and decision making;
(c) Formulates, identifies and analyses project proposals aimed at enhancing the delivery of climate services for climate action;
(d) Attends international, regional, and national meetings for consultations with colleagues in other institutions dealing with climate science, data, methodologies and tools for adapting and responding to climate variability and change;
(e) Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on the climate science basis for adaptation/mitigation planning and decision making;
(f) Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff on climate-related international policy frameworks, such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and capacity development and implementation of Climate Services;
(g) Prepares inputs for reports to high-level meetings on climate science basis, adaptation planning and decision making, and other intergovernmental bodies, inter-agency or expert groups on issues relating to sustainable development;
(h) Follows intergovernmental meetings, prepares summary reports and provides substantive support on interagency and high-level policy agenda and joint action (UNFCCC, NAP-GSP, GCF, UN CC Learn, etc.);
(i) Participates in missions related to capacity development and implementation of Climate Services, as a member of a team;
(j) Organizes training seminars/workshops for national experts addressing the integration of climate science, information products and services in adaptation priority areas/sectors;
(k) Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of capacity building projects in NAPs and Climate Services areas;
(l) Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities both internally and externally;
(m) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master's degree or equivalent in atmospheric or climate science or related field.

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in implementation and capacity development for Climate Services. Several years participating in expert teams at the international level. Experience working in a National Meteorological Service or similar institute in activities related to climate science capacity development. Demonstrated experience in software development. Experience in interdisciplinary activities and international aspects of climate-related issues would be an advantage. Proven ability to draft and review documents, reports and publications.

Other requirements
Ability to plan and organize climate-related work and participate effectively in interdisciplinary technical projects. Good working knowledge of standard Microsoft Office applications. Initiative, originality of ideas, capacity for planning, organizing and managing work programmes. Excellent communication and interpersonal 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$ 64121

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 52451 (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: 3 February 2021

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