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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 7 September 2021 Under Recruitment

Scientific Officer


Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 2 years

Earth System Prediction (ESP) Division, Earth System 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 guidance of the Director of the Earth System Branch (D/ESB) and the direct supervision of the Head of Earth System Prediction Division (H/ESP), the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Provide overall programmatic support to Global Data-processing and Forecasting System (GDPFS) Programme as directed by the Head of ESP Division;

(b) Support the Head of ESP Division with regards to the development and implementation of the seamless GDPFS;

(c) Collect and review data and information on activities related to Earth System prediction including operational numerical weather prediction (NWP), analyse issues and trends and develop reports;

(d) Support the activities of the Standing Committee on Data-processing for Applied Earth System Modeling and Prediction (SC-ESMP), especially the Joint Expert Team on Earth System Implementation (JET-ESI);

(e) Contribute to the preparation of various written output, e.g. draft background papers and meeting reports;

(f) Support relevant meetings of WMO constituent bodies and their working structures, e.g. by preparation of invitations, agendas, input documents and presentations, and in the preparation of reports, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.;

(g) Support coordination of workflows within and across departments, including to ensure smooth functioning of administrative processes;

(h) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master's degree or equivalent in meteorology, hydrology, oceanography or related discipline within the physical sciences sciences. A higher degree in these areas would be advantage.

At least five years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in developing and implementing Earth System prediction (including numerical weather prediction, data assimilation, climate modeling or similar quantitative modeling discipline).

Other requirements
Ability to analyse and evaluate scientific and technical needs and requreiments; high sense of integrity, responsibility, and maturity of judgment; ability to work autonomously; good level of initiative and creativity; demonstrated ability to plan, organize and manage multiple workloads; ability to draft reports, and position papers clearly and succinctly in English in the area of Earth System sciences; excellent knowledge of ICT 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 French is desirable. 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$ 62120

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 47335 (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: 19 August 2021

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