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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 7 April 2021 Recruitment Completed

Scientific Officer


Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 2 years

Satellite Systems and Utilization (SSU) Division
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 supervision of the Head of Satellite Systems and Utilization (SSU) Division, supporting the Infrastructure Commission Standing Committee on Earth Observing Systems and Monitoring Networks, working closely with the WMO Regional Associations and under the overall guidance of the Director, Infrastructure Department, the incumbent will be responsible for WMO matters related to the reception, processing and utilization of satellite data and products from the space-based component of the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS), coordinating the use of the data and products for downstream services and for education and training. The incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Enhance awareness of WMO Members and National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) on the availability and utilization of Earth observation satellite data, products and services, including those from research and development (R&D) satellites for Earth system monitoring applications including weather, climate, water and other relevant environmental areas;

(b) Be responsible for matters related to education and training in the exploitation of satellite data and products throughout WMO Programmes including:

- Implementation of the education and training component of the WMO Space Programme Implementation Plan for the progressive adaptation of the contents of training events as well as the further development of the Virtual Laboratory (including the incorporation of basic tools for remote sensing applications);

- Maintain the user requirements for satellite remote sensing data and products as well as training across WMO Regional Associations;

- Support coordination and monitoring of the introduction of the Integrated Global Data Dissemination Service;

- Review and update, as necessary, the WMO Space Programme Web resources and maintain their consistency with the information contained within the Virtual Laboratory for Education and Training in Satellite Meteorology (V Lab);

(c) Cooperate with WMO Members to develop common basic tools for improving the utilization of research, development and operational Earth observation satellite systems;

(d) Serve as a primary focal point, on matters related to satellite data product development and utilization, across WMO technical departments and all WMO supported programmes;

(e) Support coordination with external satellite-related organizations and international initiatives (including the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS), the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), Sustained, Coordinated Processing of Environmental Satellite Data for Climate Monitoring (SCOPE-CM), SCOPE-Nowcasting, and the Virtual Laboratory Focus Group) as required;

(f) Support WMO activities related tooperational space weather monitoring and forecasting, establishment of operational space in particular in the context of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), maintain requirements for international data exchange and coordinate space weather related activities with the Global Data Processing and Forecasting System (GDPFS) and decision support services within WMO Services Delivery and Disaster Risk Reduction activities;

(g) Keep abreast of international developments by collecting, assembling and analyzing relevant documents on current satellite issues including data access and availability and the technical programmes of satellite operators;

(h) Contribute to the preparation of division and department plans, technical documentation and budgets relating to the Commission for Observation, Infrastructures and Information Systems (INFCOM) and the Secretariat activities and operations;

(i) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master's degree or equivalent in meteorology, physics, mathematics, geology, geography or geophysics, or a closely related field. A Ph.D would be an advantage.

At least five years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in operational or research in Earth system monitoring using satellite data and products, with an emphasis on meteorology and/or climate, including the development of remote sensing applications from space-based instruments and user outreach. Proven experience in international scientific cooperation, quality management, data formats and data dissemination and exchange. Practical experience in education and training in the use of satellite data in meteorology, climate, water or environmental monitoring at a recognized training centre is preferred.

Other requirements
Familiarity with the Programmes and activities of WMO. Sense of responsibility, maturity of judgement, initiative, originality of ideas; capacity for planning, organizing and managing work programmes. Experience in planning and organizing large meetings and international projects in cooperation with national and international research programmes and partners. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds and to foster team spirit. Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal, analytical and managerial skills. Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. Proven ability to draft reports, documents and correspondence. 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.)
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$ 50591 (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: 10 March 2021

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