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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 21 May 2021 Recruitment Completed

Scientific Officer


Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 2 years

Water and Cryosphere
Cabinet Office of the Secretary-General
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 policy guidance of the Deputy Secretary-General in the context of oversight of water and cryosphere activities and under the direct supervision of the Coordinator and Programme Officer and the overall guidance of the Coordinator, Water and Cryosphere, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Develop qualitative information, databases etc. required for recurrent or ad-hoc assignments to support the water and climate coalition and the WMO Global Hydrological Status and Outlook System (HydroSOS) as well as the global state of water report that is under development;

(b) Draft inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on issues related to hydrology, cryosphere and climate change adaptation as well as resilience with a focus on regional levels;

(c) Formulate, identify and analyse project proposals to strengthen regional HydroSOS implementation;

(d) Attend international, regional, and national meetings for consultations with colleagues in other institutions to strengthen hydrological and cryosphere related ownership in WMO regions;

(e) Assist in the organization and servicing of relevant expert group meetings, seminars, etc. and ensure the link to the WMO action plan for hydrology as well as the research board;

(f) Prepare speeches and other inputs for presentations and communications;

(g) Prepare inputs for reports to high-level meetings and the WMO governing bodies, inter-agency or expert groups on issues relating to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, SDG 13, UNFCCC and the Sendai Framework;

(h) Follow intergovernmental meetings, prepare summary reports and provide substantive support, as needed;

(i) Participate in missions to help countries, river basin organisations and other relevant stakeholders implementing HydroSOS;

(j) Organize training seminars/workshops for national experts to build capacity for HydroSOS and to catalyse the integration of hydrology, climatology and meteorology;

(k) Monitor, backstop and assess the implementation of capacity building projects;

(l) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master's degree or equivalent in hydrology, water management, climatology, meteorology, physics, environmental sciences or a closely related field.

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in water management, climate change adaptation and mitigation. Project management experience as well as experience in science and research and in teaching and communication is an advantage.

Other requirements
Familiarity with the Programmes and activities of WMO. Sense of responsibility, maturity of judgement, initiative, originality of ideas. Ability to plan, organize and manage work programmes including planning and organizing large meetings and international projects in cooperation with national and international research programmes and partners. Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal and analytical 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.)
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$ 49758 (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: 30 April 2021

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