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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 31 August 2021 Recruitment Completed

Scientific Officer (WIGOS Operations)


Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 2 years

Measurements, Quality and Compliance (MQC) Unit, Observing Network and Measurement (ONM) Division
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 supervision of the WIGOS Scientific Officer, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Assist with the review and follow up of WMO Integrated Observing System (WIGOS) (and relevant WMO Information System (WIS)) activities covered by international projects/initiatives, especially those related to the WIGOS tools;

(b) Participate in reviews and assessments of national observing and data exchange capabilities, in terms of compliance with the WIGOS (and relevant WIS) technical regulations, particularly via the Global Basic Observing Network (GBON) gap analysis, i.e. "what does it take to achieve sustained GBON compliance";

(c) Assist in the development and implementation of national observing strategies, plans and projects in their relation, where applicable, with the Alliance for Hydromet Development and the Systematic Observations Financing Facility (SOFF)";

(d) Promote and support the further development of WIGOS (and relevant WIS) related training materials and events, towards enhancing national and regional observing capabilities, especially on the use of WIGOS tools;

(e) Contribute to other WIGOS (and relevant WIS) related activities at national and regional level, such as those related to establishing and assessing the operations of Regional WIGOS Centres;

(f) Support the connection and further integration of the Global Observing System (GOS) networks and other WIGOS observing components in WIGOS, in particular in the WIGOS tools;

(g) Prepare reports, presentations and other materials, including communication and outreach materials in support of WIGOS (and relevant WIS) operations by Members, primarily those covered by the international projects/initiatives;

(h) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master's degree or equivalent in meteorology, physics, engineering, or a closely related field, with exposure to atmospheric science, oceanography or hydrology. A Ph.D. or equivalent would be an advantage.

At least five years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in a National Meteorological and Hydrological Service (NHMS) or similar in two or more of the following areas: weather, climate, ocean or atmospheric composition observations; data and metadata representation and exchange; management of observing stations and networks; statistics and gap analysis; instruments and methods of observation; development and delivering of learning activities.

Other requirements
Familiarity with the Programmes and activities of WMO, in particular, knowledge about the WIGOS and the WIS regulatory and guidance material, as well as about the WIGOS and WIS systems and tools. Experience in international cooperation related to observations and data exchange. Familiarity with Intra-ACP and CREWS initiatives 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.)
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$ 48860 (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: 3 August 2021

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