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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 5 July 2021 Recruitment Completed

Scientific Officer (WIS operations and standards)


Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 2 years

Data and Information Management (DIM) Division, WMO Information System (WIS) 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 Head, Data and Information Management (H/DIM) Division, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Contribute to the technical development and implementation of Data and Metadata standards adopted or developed by WMO with particular focus on:
- ICAO Meteorological Information Exchange Model (IWXXM);
- Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards used in the domains of hydrology, cryosphere, ocean;
- WIS Core Metadata Profile;
- WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) Metadata standard and representation;
(b) Assist WMO Members in the implementation of data and metadata standards;
(c) Organize training seminars/workshops for national experts addressing WIS and WIGOS data and metadata standards issues;
(d) Support the daily operations of the WIS and its incident management;
(e) Contribute to streamline and evolve current WIS operations and monitoring;
(f) Contribute to the development of WIS 2.0 operations and monitoring;
(g) Participate to OGC working groups and contribute to the development of standards related to WIS and WMO data and metadata standards;
(h) Support and facilitate the development and updating of the manuals and guides related to WIS and WMO data and metadata standards;
(i) Assist in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on WIS and WMO data and metadata standards issues;
(j) Follow intergovernmental meetings, prepare summary reports and provide substantive support, as needed;
(k) Perform other duties as required, including administrative tasks; and
(l) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in computer science, mathematics, statistics, engineering, environmental science or a closely related field. A Master's degree in computer science would be an advantage.

A minimum of five years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in software development in the context of Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards, operational meteorology, hydrology or oceanography. Demonstrated experience in the development of software and data models using industry standards. Demonstrated experience of data and metadata standards used in meteorology, hydrology or oceanography. Experience with the United Nations system would be an advantage.

Other requirements
Excellent analytical skills. Knowledge of WMO codes (BUFR, GRIB, IWXXM, etc.), other international data standards (NetCDF, CF conventions, HDF, etc.), WMO Technical Regulations, and OGC and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards for geographic information, metadata and catalogues. Demonstrated experience of working in a virtual team using GitHub or similar collaborative tools. Ability to draft technical reports and documents. Maturity of judgement, originality of ideas, good planning and organizational skills. 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$ 51169 (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: 7 June 2021

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