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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 23 June 2022 Under Recruitment

Call for Candidates (Communication expert in the area of water and climate)


Geneva, Switzerland

1 August 2022
or as soon as possible thereafter

6 months with possibility of extension

Water and Cryosphere
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.

The WMO is looking for Communications Experts in the area of Water and Climate to support the implementation of the Water and Climate Coalition activities. The Secretary-General of WMO took the initiative to co-organize the Water and Climate Coalition in response to the call by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to accelerate the implementation of SDG 6, as a multi-stakeholder initiative under the SDG 6 Accelerator Framework, to:1. Provide tangible action, activities and policy support in the field of water and climate; 2. Facilitate a special focus on data, information, monitoring systems and operational capacity. The main objectives of the Coalition are to provide guidance for high-level policy development through its group of Water and Climate Leaders, as well as be a platform for its Members to partner on concrete activities to implement solutions that address the gaps of operational water and climate challenges. More information can be found on

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Coordinator and Programme Officer, Water and Cryosphere Office, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

1. Coordinate communication and outreach in support of strengthening the Water and Climate Coalition (WCC) activities;
2. Conceptualize and implement a communication strategy for the WCC;
3. Carry-out communications and visibility activities in close collaboration with the WCC Secretariat and partner organizations, and interacting, as necessary, with the WMO Communications and Public Affairs Office; activities to include:
4. Working with the press and media to communicate WCC achievements including via press releases and press conferences;
5. Support the maintenance of social media presence (dedicated social media accounts with appropriate branding);
6. Producing and disseminating electronic newsletters, online articles and blogs as appropriate to inform target audiences.
7. Synthesize existing information in communicable formats (print, web, social media)
8. Update and improve the web pages of the WCC
9. Carry-out any other relevant duties as required.

Master's degree or equivalent in international relations, communications, political science, sustainable development, journalism, or a closely related field.

At least one year of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in communications, public information, and/or international relations.

Other requirements
 Familiarity with water and climate change related matters;
 Knowledge of water and climate-related activities of WMO and/or other United Nations agencies is highly desirable;
 Ability to produce publications, as well as draft speeches or notes for public addresses. Ability to express ideas convincingly and concisely orally, via infographics, in writing and in video;
 Sense of responsibility, good judgement, originality of ideas and an ability to work independently and in a team.   Excellent communication and analytical skills.
 Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office and web-related applications.
 Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to foster diversity and team spirit.

Excellent knowledge of English (both oral and written).

(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.
Additional Information:
THIS IS A SHORT-TERM POST COMMENSURATE TO UNITED NATIONS P.1 SALARY SCALE. 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: 9 June 2022

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