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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 16 June 2021 Recruitment Completed

Associate Programme Officer


Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 2 years

Disaster Risk Reduction and Public Services (DPS) 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 supervision of the Director, Disaster Risk Reduction and Public Services, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Contribute and assist in the development, planning, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, monitors and analyze programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identify and track follow-up actions;

(b) Support deployment of experts and consultants, liaise with partners to leverage their institutional and technical resources as needed to support WMO Members in achievement of programme objectives such as the development of Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems, implementation of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) for warning dissemination and participation in the WMO Global Multi-Hazard Alert framework (GMAS);

(c) Contribute to the development of the WMO Coordination Mechanism to support UN and humanitarian agencies, in close collaboration with all Secretariat entities, in particular the WMO New-York Office;

(d) Contribute to raising the WMO profile in the DRR ecosystem through appropriate liaison and coordinated engagement with strategic partners such as UNDRR, thus being recognized as a center for excellence;

(e) Carry out basic research, analyzes and presents information on selected aspects of programmes, operations and other activities, to include collecting, analyzing and presenting data and information gathered from diverse sources;

(f) Provide substantive support for policy coordination and evaluation functions, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies;

(g) Participate in survey initiatives; design data collection tools; review, analyze and interpret responses, identify problems/issues and prepare conclusions;

(h) Contribute to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.;

(i) Support governance, consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.;

(j) Undertake outreach activities targeted to a variety of audiences, including WMO Members, UN system and the public; participate in the development of training workshops, seminars, etc.; participate in preparing and delivering presentations on assigned topics/activities;

(k) Support 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, etc.);

(l) Support coordination of workflows within and across departments, including to ensure smooth functioning of administrative processes;

(m) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in meteorology, hydrology or a closely related field. A Master's degree or equivalent would be an advantage.

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

Other requirements
Familiarity with the United Nations system in meteorology and/or hydrology will be highly regarded. Maturity of judgement, initiative and tact. Excellent analytical, organizational, communication and interpersonal skills. Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. 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.)
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$ 50377

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 39093 (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: 19 May 2021

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