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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 14 April 2021 Under Recruitment

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) Coordinate implementation and alignment of the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) goals with the strategic plans of the WMO under the guidance of the Research Board;
(b) Enable cross-cutting linkages of WWRP research efforts with other constituent bodies of WMO - specifically the Commission for Observation, Infrastructure and Information Systems (INFCOM), the Commission for Weather, Water, Climate and Environmental Services (SERCOM), Member services to enhance the transition of research into operations (e.g. the WMO seamless Global Data Processing and Forecasting System (GDPFS) pilot projects, the Aviation Research Demonstration Project (AvRDP) Phase II, Paris Olympics 2024 Research Development Projects etc.);
(c) Coordinate activities with the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) in the SI Department;
(d) Provide oversight and leadership of the implementation of the core WWRP projects (Polar Prediction, High Impact Weather and Sub-seasonal to Seasonal Prediction);
(e) Lead Research Development and Forecast Demonstration Projects in collaboration with the Working Groups of WWRP and linking where relevant to the WCRP and GAW (e.g. Monsoon Office, Subseasonal-to-Seasonal (S2S) pilot projects etc);
(f) Keep abreast of research and innovation in the fields of weather science, assess stakeholders' needs and provide input for future activities related to research on seamless weather prediction from minutes to months;
(g) Provide oversight and alignment of the WWRP vision provided by the WWRP Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) that will enable the successful implementation of the WWRP goals, legacy and future planning;
(h) Lead, coordinate and organize expert meetings, symposia, conferences, training workshops and other activities (online, hybrid or virtual) relevant to the WWRP Implementation plan, in particular for the Working Groups of WWRP;
(i) Contribute to communication and knowledge sharing within the SI Department through cross-division activities, newsletters, press releases etc.;
(j) Prepare and facilitate technical documents on scientific/technical issues relating to WWRP topics;
(k) Provide regular budget and funding updates, and assist the Head of Division in identifying possible sources for funding;
(l) Collaborate with Satellite organizations/initiatives (the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), etc) with focus on satellite products and applications in developing countries;
(m) Carry out any other relevant duties as required.

Master's degree or equivalent in weather-to-climate prediction systems or related area. A Ph.D would be an advantage.

A minimum of eight years of progressively responsible experience in weather-to-climate prediction systems, science to operations or related areas is required. Formal qualification or equivalent experience in scientific communication, knowledge brokering and stakeholder engagement. Experience writing reports, documents and correspondence. 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 inplement international programme components and projects, and manage the work with minimum supervision. Ability to write proposals and secure funding for scientific and technical projects. Ability to draft clear and succinct communication items, reports, documents and correspondence. Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. Sense of responsibility, maturity of judgement, initiative, originality of ideas, and creativity. Excellent analytical, 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 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.)
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$ 74913

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 56185 (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 March 2021

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