WIS 2.0 MANAGER (2104, REV*)

18 January 2022
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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 21 April 2021 Recruitment Completed

WIS 2.0 Manager


Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 2 years

Data and Information Management (DM) Division, WMO Information System (WIS) Branch
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 overall guidance of the Director, Infrastructure (D/I) and the direct supervision of the Head, Data and Information Management Division (H/DIM), the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Leading the support to the Standing Committee on Information Management and Technology (SC-IMT) in drafting regulations and guidance and in planning and implementation activities related to development and implementation of WIS 2.0;
(b) Lead the engagement with Developing and Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States in the implementation of WIS 2.0 in support of their specific needs;
(c) Lead the engagement with all the WMO disciplines and activity areas to ensure that their requirements are included in WIS 2.0 architecture and implementation plan;
(d) Lead the periodical review of WIS 2.0 Demonstration Projects to ensure that they are aligned with WIS 2.0 Principles and that they are used to illustrate, evolve, validate and/or refine the concepts, solutions and implementation approach of WIS 2.0;
(e) Monitor WIS 2.0 implementation through a set of KPIs defined by the Standing Committee on Information Management and Technology (SC-IMT);
(f) Support and facilitate the activities of expert groups or equivalent established by WMO Technical Commissions, including drafting documents, reports and guides related to data and information management;
(g) Support and facilitate the development and updating of the Manual on WMO Information System (WMO Publication No. 1060) and the Guide to the WMO Information System (WMO Publication No. 1061) and all the Manuals and Guides relevant for WIS 2.0;
(h) Collaborate with international standard bodies and WMO Partner organizations in the development of WIS 2.0 standard practices and guidance for the benefit of WMO Members;
(i) Attend international, regional, and national meetings for consultations with colleagues in other institutions dealing with WIS and its evolution;
(j) Assist in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on WIS;
(k) Follow intergovernmental meetings, prepare summary reports and provide substantive support, as needed;
(l) Organize training seminars/workshops for national experts addressing WIS 2.0 issues;
(m) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master's or equivalent in informatics, meteorology, climatology, hydrology, oceanography or a closely related field. A degree in the area of geographical information systems would be an advantage.

At least eight years of progressively responsible experience in operational meteorology, climatology, hydrology or oceanography. Several years participating in expert teams related to information management and technology at international level. Demonstrated experience in the up-to-date practices and standards for data discovery, access and exchange. Demonstrated experience of project management. Ability to draft technical reports and documents.

Other requirements
Excellent analytical skills. Extensive knowledge of the WMO Information System (WIS) and the Global Telecommunication System (GTS), WMO Technical Regulations, and OGC and ISO standards for geographic information, metadata, search and catalogues. Demonstrated experience of working in a virtual team using GitHub or similar collaborative tools. Maturity of judgement; originality of ideas; good planning and organizational 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$ 74913

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 60680 (in addition to the net base salary)

Additional Information:
*CANDIDATES WHO HAVE APPLIED TO VN 2104 HAVE BEEN DULY CONSIDERED AND DO NOT NEED TO RE-APPLY. 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: 24 March 2021

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