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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 21 March 2023 Under Recruitment

Global Agricultural Monitoring (GEOGLAM) Project Coordinator


Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 2 years

Group on Earth Observations Secretariat
The GEO Secretariat 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 of the Director, Group on Earth Observations (GEO), and reporting to the GEOGLAM Executive Committee Co-Chairs, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Lead the GEOGLAM programmatic undertakings to:
(i) Work with THE GEOGLAM Co-Chairs, lead the development of the GEOGLAM strategic direction and coordinate implementation with the GEOGLAM community;
(ii) Keep stakeholders informed of progress and activities including preparation of meeting agendas and chairing the GEOGLAM Executive Committee;
(iii) Report to the GEO Secretariat, GEO Executive Community, and plenary as requested by the GEO Director;
(iv) Develop criteria, pathways, and coordination of national, academic, private sector, and NGO participation in GEOGLAM, and assure diverse representation in GEOGLAM implementation;
(v) Interface with the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) to inform and coordinate data provision, product validation, capacity development and coordinated support for shared major policy priorities (i.e., G20, UNFCCC, UNDRR and SDG's);
(vi) Work with the science and implementation community to ensure that GEOGLAM best practices and guidance is documented and maintained within the GEO Knowledge Hub;
(vii) Interface with the science community to coordinate research and development (R&D) activities and ensure they inform operational activities;
(viii) Coordinate capacity-building activities with countries, donors, implementation agencies, and in coordination with international capacity-building programmes;
(ix) Identify and advance synergies and opportunities in thematic collaborations within the GEO Work Programme;
(x) Support results-focused communication of GEOGLAM impacts;

(b) Work in partnership with the GEO Secretariat Work Programme and Communication and Partnerships teams, and foster and coordinate external relations with donors, including intergovernmental and national governmental agencies;

(c) Negotiate with potential donor organizations to assure adequate funding for the operations and activities of GEOGLAM;

(d) Manage the GEOGLAM Secretariat staff in accordance with WMO rules and procedures and GEO practices;

(e) Work with the GEO Chief of Staff to manage GEOGLAM's budget and human resource requirements;

(f) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master's degree or equivalent in environmental policy or science, agriculture, geographic information systems or a closely related field. A PhD in agronomy, environmental sciences, remote sensing, or related fields. would be an advantage.

At least ten years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in programme management, particularly with complex projects and with developing countries. At least five years as a senior manager with experience in a complex environment with diverse stakeholders. Working experience with the procedures of international organizations and/or coordination of international scientific/technical projects.

Other requirements
Good knowledge and understanding of the role of remote sensing in agricultural production systems and its relevance to the policy arena. Significant knowledge of GEOGLAM and experience working within the GEOGLAM community would be an advantage. Ability to communicate with diplomacy and tact. Good negotiation skills. Proficient verbal and written communication and presentation skills with many diverse groups of people. Strong interpersonal skills and experience working as a member of a diverse, geographically distributed team. 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 WMO would be an advantage.

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$ 92731

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 71681 (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: 21 February 2023

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