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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 25 July 2022 Under Recruitment

Call for Candidates


Geneva, Switzerland

1 August 2022
or as soon as possible thereafter

8 months

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.

The WMO is looking for:

Experts for Developing the WMO publication- Basic Instructional Package for Climate Science and Services (BIP-CS)

Short-term contractor

The Commission for Weather, Climate, Water and Related Environmental Services and Applications (Services Commission or SERCOM) is charged with leading and coordinating the promotion, development and implementation of globally harmonized weather, climate, water, ocean and environment-related services and applications to enable informed decision-making and realization of socioeconomic benefits by all user communities and society as a whole.
SERCOM operates through several Standing Committees and Working Groups. The Standing Committee on Climate Services (SC-CLI) provides guidance and technical advice on good practices for producing climate information, communication and delivery of tailored products and services, and supporting country-level delivery of climate services under the umbrella of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). The Expert Team on Capacity Development and Communications (ET-CDC) of the SC-CLI will support this work by reviewing and enhancing the competency requirements for quality management standards for climate services and providing capacity-building support on climate applications and services, including basic climate understanding for users. The forthcoming expected output mandated to the SC-CLI is to develop a Basic Instructional Package for Climate Services (BIP-CS).

The consultancy for developing the BIP-CS will compose two components that should complement each other in one publication: a) Climate Science and Services and b) Education, Training and Learning Outcomes aspect of the BIP-CS.

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Senior Scientific Officer, Climate Services Branch, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

1. Review the existing WMO references and resource materials on education and training, competency of staff;
2. Review the approaches for human resource educational qualification and skill-based competency development in academia, training institutions and Regional Training Centres (RTCs) to address the advantages and disadvantages of both in BIP-CS;
3. Review the Basic Instructional Package for Meteorologists (BIP-M) and Meteorological Technicians (BIP-MT) to find the complementary areas with BIP-CS;
4. Consult further references and valid information that the Secretariat will make available in a shared folder on the subject matter of this Terms of Reference;
5. Further extract key questions, approaches and target audience for the BIP-CS;
6. Further consult and liaise with the lead of the BIP-CS Task Team to provide the structure and titles for the climate science and services component of the BIP-CS;
7. Further identify key questions, approaches and target audience for, who will be the main user of the BIP-CS;
8. Constitute the structure of the BIP-CS and the list of contents, in harmony with BIP-M/MT;
9. Compile the identified sections, add references, endnotes and required figures or images in the BIP-CS and settle the copyright issues with the sources or information providers;
10. Liaise with the Senior Scientific Officer (SSO) in the Climate Services Branch (CS) of WMO and the ET-CDC to report the progress of work and ensure that the expected output is fulfilled,
11. Consult with the ETR Branch of WMO to ensure that the BIP-CS will be developed in compliance with the latest WMO policy on education, training and human resources development.


University degree in Social Sciences, Geography, Environmental Sciences, Climate Science, Earth System Science and Meteorology.

 Experience in climate science/climate services/environment/science content management and development
 Experience in climate services user engagement and co-design/co-production
 Experience in the areas of education and training, including adult education, skills and competency assessment
 Experience in science and research management in a relevant climate, Earth System Science or a global change field
 Experience in Adult Learning/Education Technology
 Experience in working on learning for addressing public policies in social, economic or environmental areas or governance
 Excellent writing and communication skills
 Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision
 Prior working experience with UN Agencies will be an added advantage

Other requirements
Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN's values and ethical standards
 Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of WMO
 Ability to work in a multicultural and diverse background
 Ability to conduct research and analysis and strong synthesis skills
 Builds strong relationships with stakeholders, focuses on impact and result for the stakeholders and responds positively to critical feedback
 Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
 Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills
 Ability to write reports, particularly for the UN
 Demonstrates ability to manage complexities and work under pressure, as well as conflict resolution

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.)
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.
This consultancy will be for eight months. Remuneration will be based on experience.
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.
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