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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 8 March 2023 Under Recruitment

Scientific Officer


Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 2 years

Hydrological and Water Resources Services (HWR) Division, Hydrology, Water Resources and Cryosphere (HWC) 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 overall guidance of the Director, Services Department (D/S), the Branch Director, Hydrology, Water and Cryosphere Branch (D/HWC) and the direct supervision of the Head, Hydrological and Water Resources Services Division (H/HWR), the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Contribute to the implementation of the WMO Vision and Strategy for Hydrology and its associated Plan of Action, supporting the relevant WMO Focal points for all work pertaining to: the Hydrological Coordination Panel (HCP); the Standing Committee on Hydrological Services (SC-HYD); the Joint Expert Team on Hydrological Monitoring (JET-HYDMON); and hydrological activities under Regional Associations (RAs);

(b) Provide training and technical support for the Meteorology, Climatology, Hydrology (MCH) database management system and keep MCH User Community platform up to date ;

(c) Support the Scientific Officer responsible for Capacity Building in hydrology and water resources, assisting in the development of e-learning activities and communities of practice;

(d) Organize and deliver training seminars/workshops for national experts addressing data and variables issues, with particular focus (but not limited to) hydrological data;

(e) Provide assistance with the design of online questionnaires for Services Commission and Hydrological Assembly activities, the uploading of responses from WMO members and the design of databases for the analysis of responses;

(f) Draft inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on hydrological, climatological and meteorological variables and indicators and their use;

(g) Coordinate structure and modalities of community webpages under SERCOM (for different Standing Committees and Study Group) acting as main focal point between S Department and the Strategic Communications Unit under CSG on web-related issues. Assume specific management responsibility for the SC-HYD community page; coordinate and supervise the website management of WMO/GWP joint activities such as APFM and IDMP; under overall coordination of the Director, HWC Branch, supervise the management and maintenance of the HCP community webpage, of JET-HYDMON community page and of the different web pages related to hydrological issues in Ras;

(h) Carry out other relevant duties as required.


Master's degree or equivalentin operational hydrology, hydrogeology, environmental sciences or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in projects or programmes related to hydrology, climatology, data management and applications issues.

Other requirements
Understanding of Programmes and activities of WMO and other International Organizations as well as experience with engaging in WMO bodies would be an advantage. 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; competence in Microsoft Office. Demonstrated public speaking and coaching ability. Adherence to UN values and WMO code of ethics. 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$ 48219 (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: 8 February 2023

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