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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 15 June 2021 Recruitment Completed

Programme Officer


Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 2 years

Climate Services (CS) Branch
Services 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 Climate Services Branch (D/CS) and the direct supervision of the Head of Regional Climate Prediction Services Division (H/RCP), the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Support the Regional Climate Prediction (RCP), Climate Monitoring and Policy Services (CMP) and Applied Climate Services (ACS) Divisions;

(b) Contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of the Climate Services Information System on sub-regional scales (CSIS-R) to assist WMO Members to develop and deliver products and services that generate socio-economic benefits in climate sensitive sectors such as agriculture and food security, water resource management, health, energy and disaster risk reduction; monitor and analyze CSIS-R development and implementation; review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identify and track follow-up actions;

(c) Undertake basic research, analyzes and presents information on the CSIS-R status gathered from diverse sources, to identify needs for standards/guidelines addressing specific operational components, and promote adoption of those standards and guidelines by engaging with National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and Regional Climate Centres (RCCs) and contributing to the organization of Regional Climate Outlook Forums (RCOFs);

(d) Support WMO inputs to climate-related policy by contributing to preparation of regional and global climate reports, documentation of world weather and climate extremes, and joint policy products prepared by WMO and the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), including the review and analysis of issues and trends or other research activities and studies;

(e) Organize deployment of experts and consultants for regional and global climate reports and CSIS-R implementation, and draft agreements with WMO Member NMHSs, Regional Climate Centres and partners to leverage their institutional and technical resources as needed, in furtherance of the achievement of climate-related institutional and programme objectives;

(f) Undertake survey initiatives in support of the implementation of the climate-related goals and objectives of the WMO Operating Plan and related programmes; designs data collection tools; review, analyze and interpret responses, identify problems/issues and prepare conclusions;

(g) Prepare various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications;

(h) Contribute to climate-related WMO governance, including the activities of technical commissions, standing committees and study groups, private sector engagement, and consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations;

(i) Undertake outreach activities focused on projecting and enhancing adoption of WMO norms, standards, practices and flagship products; supports training workshops, seminars, etc.; make presentations on assigned topics/activities;

(j) Participate in field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries;

(k) Undertake and coordinate activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepare related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget);

(l) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master's degree or equivalent in geography, climatology, environment, operational meteorology, hydrology, economics or a related field.

A minimum of five years of national and international progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area.

Other requirements
Ability to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate assigned programmes and projects. Ability to plan, organize and manage the work with minimum supervision. Ability to draft clear and succinct communication items, reports, documents and correspondence. Maturity of judgement, initiative and creativity. Excellent analytical, communication and interpersonal skills. Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. Understanding of the United Nations, including WMO programmes and activities and international organization processes would be an advantage. 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$ 62692

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 48649 (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: 18 May 2021

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