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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 18 May 2022 Recruitment Completed



Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 2 years

Climate Services Branch
Services 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, Services Department, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

a) Lead the secretariat support to carry out the WMO Strategic and Operating Plans components related to climate and co-ordinate the work carried out by the Branch; Provide support and report to Congress, the Executive Council, Regional Associations, Technical Commission and panels on climate services and other climate-related matters;

b) Coordinate and support the climate-related work of the WMO Technical Commission for Services and applications and contribute to climate relevant work of the Infrastructure Commission, the Research Board, the WMO regional Associations, support the Climate Coordination Panel and contribute to the work of other relevant panels, including planning, coordination and implementation of activities, ensuring collaboration with other relevant international organizations/institutions;

c) Provide guidance, advice, and assistance to WMO Regional Associations, WMO Regional Climate Centers, Members and their NMHSs on developing and/or strengthening their climate capacities, including through the design of and support to capacity development and/or regional and national plans;

d) Build and maintain strong partnerships with United Nations' and other international organizations with respect to climate, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations Framework;

e) Support and foster the integration of climate activities, including Climate Policy related activities within WMO structures and programmes within the seamless WMO Earth Systems Approach and ensure coordinated WMO contribution to global, regional and national climate services by engaging all relevenst WMO Departments;

f) Assist the Department Director in preparing the work programme of the Branch, determine priorities, and allocate resources for the completion of output and their timely delivery;

g) Manage and direct the activities of the Climate Services Branch, including manage, supervision and guide the branch staff through fostering teamwork and communication among staff across the Department and other Departments while guiding and the personal development of staff; Mobilization of extra-budgetary resources, technical coordination of extra-budgetary projects, management of the budget;

h) Ensuring that climate-related publications and technical documents produced within (or coordinated by) the Climate Services Branch are of a high standard;

i) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

MSc in Natural Science (Climate, Meteorology, Hydrology, Earth Science). Additional qualifications such as a Ph.D. in a relevant field would be an advantage.

A minimum of 10 years progressively responsible experience at national and preferably international levels on climate services area. Understanding of WMO Climate relevant Programmes and activities as well as experience participating in WMO bodies would be an advantage.

Other requirements
Demonstrated knowledge of climate science and its applications to achieve societal benefits and development goals in international contexts and especially related to the developing world. Excellent record of achievement as a team leader and manager, ideally in the context of an international organization. Excellent managerial, communication, coordination and analytical skills. Demonstrated ability to successfully manage multiple complex processes simultaneously. Demonstrated engagement in high-level United Nations climate-related policy processes. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively on climate matters through mass media. Demonstrated effectiveness in mobilizing climate finance and in achievement of results through project development and management. Wide network and name recognition within the international climate community. 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$ 106023

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 85879 (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: 20 April 2022

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