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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 9 June 2021 Recruitment Completed

Senior Strategic Communications Officer


Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 2 years

Strategic Communications Office
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 supervision of the Director of the Cabinet Office of the Secretary-General (CSG), the incumbent will ensure substantive corporate external and internal communication support ensuring high visibility for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) strategic and programmatic delivery to Members and the public. The position will support the management and planning of a strategic approach to messaging across all the WMO channels, including Web, Twitter, Facebook, video etc. The incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Formulate and implement a comprehensive overall communication strategy for WMO, including internal communication, digital and media outreach and website. Ensure that the overall content, news, social media reflect the scientific and strategic priorities and messaging of the organization in support of Earth system approach and delivery of authoritative weather, climate, water information and related socio-economic impacts;

(b) Plan and manage the internal communication channels for staff to ensure clear delivery of relevant and timely information;

(c) Mobilize and manage the staff of the Unit in support of department content and communication requirements;

(d) Coordinate, produce content that reflects departmental, scientific and corporate communications priorities and key messages and speaks effectively to the audience;

(e) Work closely with the Director of Cabinet on overall strategic messaging from the Secretary-General and Executive Management, liaising with other department directors, relevant technical directors, regional Offices, UN and EU affairs offices and the CSG Senior Economic and Societal impact Officer. Communicating and conveying key statistics on socio-economic impacts and benefits of investments in hydro-meteorological services and infrastructure in a clear and understandable manner;

(f) Coordinate media metrics to gauge reach, engagement and other organizational performance measures (in close cooperation with the Monitoring Evaluation, Risk and Performance (MERP Unit) for social media posts, accounts and campaigns, helping to inform results-based decision-making for Cabinet and Executive Management and drive the effective use of resources; and

(g) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master's degree or equivalent in communications, media, public relations or a closely related field. A Ph.D or equivalent would be an advantage.

At least 10 years of experience in producing, coordinating and disseminating multimedia content (scientific/economic/societal) for online audiences ideally for global media (TV/radio) outlets, international organizations or other international institutions.

Other requirements
Effectively manage a team of communication professionals with focus on teamwork and delivery of results. Effectively work in sensitive international and fast-moving news, communications, advocacy and/or fundraising contexts. Planning of messaging and communication priorities. Experience producing, coordinating and interpreting web or social media analytics to inform strategies and work plans. Strong judgement, including ethical and political awareness. Understanding of multimedia content, including how it can best be produced, packaged, published and shared on websites, on social media and with news organizations. Proven ability to conceptualize, plan and execute ideas as well as transfer knowledge and skills. Proven skills in networking and negotiation, and ability to relate to different audiences. Strong diplomatic skills, highly developed political skills and judgement, understanding of external relationships. 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$ 90664

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 70355 (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: 12 May 2021

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