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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 21 July 2023 Under Recruitment

Chief, Member Services


Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 1 year

Group on Earth Observations Secretariat
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 supervision of the GEO Secretariat Director, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Develop and manage implementation of a comprehensive, outcome-oriented Member State engagement strategy and corresponding action plan to support GEO's achievement of the objectives of the GEO Strategic Plan 2016-2025 and in line with the emerging GEO Post-2025 Strategy;

(b) Conduct:
i) assessments of multilateral environmental policy trends and connectivity to Member State priorities and interests;
ii) situational analyses of Member engagement in GEO;
iii) analyses of GEO's strengths and weakness from Members' perspective; and optimize engagement with individual Members based on national priorities and policies;

(c) Identify, coordinate and advise on opportunities to leverage Members' national GEO focal points and relevant national entities ahead of major international or national events to ensure effective support and visibility for GEO by national delegations. Build relationships with national missions in Geneva to augment relationships and connections to Members' national entities;

(d) Oversee and support capacity development activities of GEO Members to use results of the GEO Work Programme through development of local, national and regional level institutional networks and partnerships; collaboration with Regional GEOs; participation in workshops and events; and knowledge sharing;

(e) Formulate and implement a comprehensive non-Member State engagement strategy, identifying and engaging potential candidate countries for GEO membership and appropriate potential focal point organizations within the national governments;

(f) Oversee and manage collaboration and coordination with regional GEOs to invigorate and promote community building among members within and across regions;

(g) Work in close consultation with the GEO Secretariat's Communications and Partnerships team to effectively communicate the opportunities and benefits from engagement with GEO;

(h) Collaborate with GEO Secretariat's Chief of Staff to coordinate and oversee pledging, receipt and approval of contribution agreements, and production and delivery of donor financial reporting requirements;

(i) Direct and develop staff under her/his supervision and foster an environment that values innovation, motivation, performance, teamwork, skills development and knowledge sharing;

(j) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master's degree or equivalent in international relations, international law, political science, or a closely related field.

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in international relations, external or government relations, partnership building, or related field is required. Demonstrated experience establishing relationships with national government representatives. Experience working in an international domain, mission, or embassy environment would be an advantage.

Other requirements
Understanding of GEO, WMO, or other UN organisations, including work experience with stakeholders from national governments within a multilateral context. Working knowledge of the United Nations or a similar international organization is desirable. Demonstrated ability to take initiative and plan, organize and manage and delegate multiple workloads with minimal direction or supervision. Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills. Experience supervising a team and ability to work in a multicultural environment and to foster team spirit.

Excellent knowledge of English (both oral and written). Knowledge of other official languages of WMO would be an advantage.

(Note: The working language of the GEO Secretariat is English. The official languages of WMO 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$ 92731

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 73999 (in addition to the net base salary)

Additional Information:
Only applicants in whom GEO 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: 23 June 2023

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