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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 22 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 Technical Coordination and Global Framework for Climate Services Support Unit (H/TCG), the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of full value-chain weather, water and climate operational systems to assist WMO Members to provide operational Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (MHEWS) services and tailored products to support decision-making in agriculture and food security, water resource management, health, energy and disaster risk reduction through extra-budgetary projects; monitor and analyze project and programme development and implementation; review 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) Contribute to WMO flagship reports such as the State of Climate Services Report and Regional Climate Reports by providing information on WMO Member gaps and needs, and on WMO and partner programmes addressing those needs, to inform further project/programme development and policy-making;

(c) Organize deployment of experts and consultants, and draft agreements with WMO Member NMHSs, RCs and partners to leverage their institutional and technical resources as needed to support extra-budgetary projects and flagship reports;

(d) Undertake basic research, analyzes and present information on selected aspects of programmes, projects and other initiatives, to include collecting, analyzing and presenting data and information gathered from diverse sources, in support of the operationalization of meteorological, climatological and hydrological systems on sub-regional scales with country-level service delivery and to inform WMO State of Climate Services and regional climate reports;

(e) Feed results from programme and project implementation into WMO and international climate-related policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies;

(f) Organize survey initiatives in support of the implementation of the services related goals and objectives of the WMO Operating Plan and related projects and programmes; design 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, etc. Organizes training workshops, seminars, etc. Make presentations on assigned topics/activities;

(h) Organize and participate in partner consultative meetings, such as partnership forums, the Climate Risk and Early Warning System (CREWS) initiative and GFCS Partners Advisory Committee, including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.;

(i) Liaise with Project Managers, project team members and other colleagues in WMO to ensure compliance with WMO norms, standards and practices in operational systems and in project management processes;

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

(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, etc.);

(l) Contribute to the visibility of the technical support offered by the WMO to its Members, in coordination with the communication department and with project managers;

(m) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master's degree or equivalent in operational meteorology, hydrology, geography, business administration or a discipline relevant to early warning, flood risk management or disaster risk reduction.

A minimum of five years of national and international progressively responsible experience in project or programmes related to meteorology, hydrology, early warning systems, flood risk management or disaster risk reduction.

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: 25 May 2021

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