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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 20 July 2023 Under Recruitment

SOFF Programme Management Officer


Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 2 years

The Systematic Observations Financing Faciity (SOFF)
Infrastructure 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 SOFF Programme Management Officer has responsibility for SOFF implementation and reports to the Director of the SOFF Secretariat, working in close collaboration with the members of the of the SOFF Secretariat team, the WMO Technical Authority, the other SOFF operational partners, and the eHhHSOFF Steering Committee and Advisory Board.

Within delegated authority, the Programme Management Officer is responsible for the following duties:

(a) Oversee the portfolio of SOFF implementation activities, coordinate operations and arrangements with the SOFF operational partners and their specific roles during each one of the SOFF phases of support; prepare progress status reports for the Steering Committee and recommendations on operational adjustments needed to increase the effectiveness of SOFF operations;

(b) Manage the SOFF operations cluster comprising a P3 Programme Officer and P3 Scientific Programme Officer;

(c) Coordinate the operational aspects of SOFF implementation with the relevant stakeholders, including the SOFF peer advisors (advanced national meteorological services), Implementing Entities (Multilateral Development Banks and UN Organizations), and WMO Technical Authority and the UNMPTF Office; coordinate the operational engagement with SOFF beneficiary countries;

(d) Develop the framework for SOFF operational activities, including the conceptual further development of SOFF operational policies, processes, frameworks, and procedures; facilitate implementation of SOFF in the beneficiary countries; coordinate regular updates of SOFF operational manual and SOFF operational guidance notes based on technical guidance from WMO Technical Authority, lessons learnt and SOFF stakeholders' feedback; act as SOFF Secretariat focal point on all operational matters;

(e) Serve as the interface between the SOFF Secretariat and WMO as the SOFF Technical Authority; facilitate the delivery of WMO Technical Authority functions related to SOFF, including the WMO Technical Authority screening of the GBON gap analysis and GBON national contribution plan; development and delivery of GBON compliance reporting and verification for the SOFF Investment and Compliance phases; coordinate other SOFF operational activities with WMO Technical Authority;

(f) Coordinate the development and delivery of SOFF peer advisory services in collaboration with WMO Technical Authority; facilitate collaboration between peer advisors, beneficiary countries, Implementing Entities and WMO in the development and delivery of the SOFF peer advisory products; act as SOFF Secretariat focal point for SOFF peer advisors;

(g) Coordinate the preparation of the SOFF annual reports based on the progress reports provided by the operational partners, in collaboration with WMO Technical Authority and the trustee; support the production of the WMO annual GBON compliance report; support WMO and selected Global Producing Centres in the production of the annual SOFF impact report;

(h) Support the Director of the SOFF Secretariat and represent the SOFF Secretariat as requested by the Director; act as Officer in Charge during the Director's absence;

(i) Perform other duties as required.


Advanced univeristy degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in international relations, economic development, environment and natural science, meteorology, climatology or a similar field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced univesity degree.

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience with a focus on climate action and public and private climate finance. Experience in working with developing countries and engagement with senior country representatives, in particular from Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries. Experience in working with Multilateral Development Banks, multilateral climate funds. Operations management experience.

Other requirements
GBON knowledge and of the operational challenges related to achieving GBON compliance in developing countries is desirable.

Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is 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$ 77326

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 58149 (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: 6 July 2023

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