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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 17 March 2021 Recruitment Completed

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 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) Develop qualitative information, databases etc. required for recurrent or ad-hoc assignments;
b) Draft inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on issues related to the WWRP Implementation Plan;
c) Formulate, identify and analyse project proposals related to WWRP Implementation Plan;
d) Attend international, regional, and national meetings for consultations with colleagues in other institutions dealing with WWRP Implementation Plan issues;
e) Assist in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc. according to the needs of the WWRP Implementation Plan;
f) Prepare presentations and other inputs for presentations by senior staff on relevant issues;
g) Prepare inputs for reports to high-level meetings of the WWRP and other intergovernmental bodies, inter-agency or expert groups on issues relating to sustainable development;
h) Participate in missions related to the WWRP Implementation plan;
i) Organize training seminars/workshops for national experts addressing the goals of the WWRP Implementation Plan;
j) Monitor and assess the implementation of capacity building projects in the WWRP area;
k) Coordinate with the WWRP International Coordination Offices for the High impact weather project (HIW); the Polar Prediction Project (PPP) and the Sub-seasonal to Seasonal Prediction Project (S2S);
l) Coordinate with the WWRP Research Development Projects (RDP) and Forecast Development Projects (FDP) leaders;
m) Coordinate the activities of two of the Working Groups of WWRP and one of the WWRP core projects;
n) 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);
o) Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities both internally and externally.
p) Performs other duties as required, including administrative tasks;
q) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master's degree or equivalent in atmospheric science or a related field. A Ph.D would be an advantage.

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

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$ 52194 (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: 17 February 2021

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