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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 15 March 2021 Recruitment Completed

Associate Scientific Officer


Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 2 years

World Weather Research (WWR) 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 Weather Research Division (H/WWR), the incumbent will perform the following duties:

a) Provide overall programmatic support to key World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) science activities as directed by the WWR Head of Division;

b) Support the Head of the WWR Division with regards to the development and realization of the WWRP Implementation Plan;

c) Carry out basic research, analyzes and presents information on selected aspects of programmes, operations and other activities, to include collecting, analyzing and presenting data and information gathered from diverse sources;

d) Provide substantive support for review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies;

e) Participate in survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions;

f) Contribute to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.;

g) Support governance, consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.;

h) Undertake outreach activities; participates in the development of training workshops, seminars, etc.; participates in preparing and makes presentations on assigned topics/activities;

i) Contribute, as needed, to 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;

j) Support coordination of workflows within and across departments, including to ensure smooth functioning of administrative processes;

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

l) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in meteorology, oceanography, earth, physical or natural sciences or a closely related field. A degree in marine meteorology would be an advantage.

A minimum of three years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in weather meteorology and related activities such as disaster risk reduction and social science. Experience with the United Nations system would be an advantage.

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.)
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$ 50377

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 41007 (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: 15 February 2021

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