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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 24 June 2021 Recruitment Completed

Project Officer


Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 1 year

Development Partnerships (DP) Office
Member Services and Development 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 and guidance of the Director, Development Partnerships (DP), and in close collaboration with the Director, Infrastructure (I) Department, the incumbent will contribute to the implementation of the roadmap for the creation of the Systematic Observations Financing Facility (SOFF), a WMO flagship initiative being developed in collaboration with 30+ international partners including all members of the Alliance for Hydromet Development. The incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Coordinate all activities related to SOFF engagement with 40+ potential bilateral, multilateral and philanthropies funders, including tracking of activities, preparation of bilateral meetings and consultations with potential funding partners;

(b) Coordinate preparation of the SOFF Funders' Forum meetings, including support in drafting related documentation, briefings, and coordinate meetings logistics. Support the SOFF Global Facilitators in their engagement with potential funders;

(c) Support engagement with SOFF beneficiary countries (Least Developed Countries, Small Islands Developing States, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) eligible countries for SOFF readiness phase), including supporting the preparation of meetings, briefings, and overall support to SOFF consultations with beneficiary countries and the mobilization of their political support for SOFF;

(d) Prepare inputs on the above-mentioned activities for corporate presentations and reports, including information documents and decisions/resolutions of Executive Council and World Meteorological Congress;

(e) Support design and organization of SOFF-related international events, including at UN High-Level Political Forum and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COPs);

(f) Support WMO Development Partnerships team in other corporate activities as required, including communications and engagement internally and with external partners; and

(g) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in environmental and natural resource sciences or management, sustainable development, climate change, development policy or a closely related field.

A minimum of five years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in bilateral and multilateral climate finance initiatives, programs and projects. Experience working with Multilateral Development Banks, Climate Finance institutions, and UN agencies on climate-related initiatives. Experience with donors, resource mobilization, and partnerships. Experience with innovative climate finance instruments desirable. Experience working in developing countries is an asset.

Other requirements
Broad understanding of scientific, economic, social, and political dimensions of meteorology and/or climate change. Proven ability to function as a team player, to work across institutional boundaries, and to collaborate with National Meteorological Services and external partners. Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and other web-based analytical and communication tools. 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: 27 May 2021

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