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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 23 June 2021 Recruitment Completed

Scientific Officer (Hydrological Observation Systems)


Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 2 years

Earth System Monitoring (ESM) Division, Earth System (ES) Branch
Infrastructure 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 Infrastructure (D/I) Department, and the direct supervision of the Head, Earth System Monitoring Division (H/ESM), the incumbent will perform the following duties:

a) Support and coordinate implementation of WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) tools in Hydrology with a focus on WMO Observing Systems Capability Analysis and Review (OSCAR);

b) Support implementation of WMO Hydrological Observing System (WHOS) as the hydrological component of WMO Information System (WIS) 2.0;

c) Support the work of the Infrastructure Commission (INFCOM) and especially the Standing Committee on Earth Observing Systems and Monitoring Networks (SC-ON) and Standing Committee on Information Management and Technology (SC-IMT) as well as related hydrological experts of Joint Expert Team on Hydrological monitoring (JET-HYDMON) and experts of Regional Associations, with a focus on WIGOS and WIS tools;

d) Provide technical support to the Hydrological Status and Outlook System (HydroSOS) and the World Hydrological Cycle Observing System (WHYCOS), with focus on linkages to data platforms, WIGOS and WIS tools as well as to Global Data-processing and Forecasting System (GDPFS);

e) Support technical developments of the World Water Data Initiative (WWDI);

f) Contribute to cryosphere and ocean activities of the Division mostly related to WIGOS and WIS, through projects such as, e.g., Arctic Hydrological Cycle Observing System (HYCOS) or HydroSOS;

g) Perform additional tasks commensurate with the role and as assigned by the supervisor, with a focus on cross-disciplinary activities within the Infrastructure Department; and

(h) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master's degree or equivalent, in hydrology or in a related discipline closely related to the physical sciences. A Ph.D or equivalent in one or other of the above sciences would be an advantage.

A minimum of five years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in a National Meteorological or Hydrological Service (NMHS) or similar organization involved in operational hydrology activities. Experience in planning and organizing meetings.

Other requirements
Excellent knowledge in water observing and information systems for data and metadata. Familiar with WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) tools, especially the WMO Observing Systems Capability Analysis and Review (OSCAR) tool, and good knowledge of WMO Information System (WIS) tools and of Global Data-processing and Forecasting System (GDPFS). Foster and actively contribute to teamwork. Sense of initiative and creativity. Excellent written and oral communication. Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and other web-based analytical and communication tools. Ability to work across disciplines for contributing to the Earth System Approach. 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$ 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: 26 May 2021

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