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Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 2 years

Global Greenhouse Gas Watch
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 incumbent will be leading the work toward maturing and further development of the concept for the Global Greenhouse Gas Watch recently endorsed by the 19th World Meteorological Congress. This is expected to lead to the development of a detailed, costed draft implementation plan, which will be discussed at various constituent body meetings before being submitted to the WMO Executive Council for its approval.
The development of the GGGW is expected to span all technical departments in the WMO Secretariat, and a substantial amount of collaboration across organizational boundaries will thus be necessary. Due to the nature of the system, extensive collaboration with entities outside the core WMO of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services is expected. This includes other government agencies, fellow UN agencies and representatives from academia as well as the private sector, both for profit companies and philanthropies. Organizationally, the core GGGW team is placed within the Infrastructure Department, and the incumbent will thus be reporting to the Department Director (D/I).
The incumbent will be responsible for the formulation and management of the work programme of the GGGW team and support for relevant activities of the Joint Study Group on Greenhouse Gas Monitoring. In particulate

(a) Provide strategic leadership in the further development of the concept for the Global Greenhouse Gas Watch, the development of partnerships required for its implementation and the work toward preparing for uptake of its output by the UNFCCC Parties, academia, the private sector and other stakeholders;

(b) Lead and coordinate the effort to mobilize additional resources from both public and private sectors to help accelerate the development and the implementation of the GGGW;

(c) Lead the Secretariat support for the Joint Study Group on Greenhouse Gas Monitoring (SG-GHG), its task teams and subsequent bodies, as well as the Secretariat support for external Symposia, Workshops, expert team meetings and similar events;

(d) Co-ordinate and oversee the preparation of GGGW-related formal documents and informal reports to the WMO constituent bodies, including the World Meteorological Congress, the Executive Council, Technical Commissions, Research Board and Regional Associations, and their relevant Standing Committees and other working structures;

(e) Manage collaboration with the Infrastructure Commission, particularly in relation to measurement standards, international data exchange and coordination of modelling;

(f) Manage collaboration and coordination with the Global Atmosphere Watch Programme of WMO and linkages to the Integrated Global Greenhouse Gas Information System (IG3IS);

(g) Manage collaboration and relationships with key external stakeholders in greenhouse gas monitoring, e.g. fellow UN agencies such as UNFCCC, UNEP, FAO, WFP, IOC/UNESCO and other coordination mechanisms such as the Coordination Group on Meteorological Satellites (CGMS), the Committee on Earth Observations Satellites (CEOS), the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS);

(h) Provide guidance, advice and assistance to Members and their NMHSs on developing and/or strengthening their GGGW-related capacities, both in terms of the institutional capacities of the NMHSs and in the broader national context, both concerning the technical and scientific aspects of the monitoring activities and concerning policy issues related to the use of the GGGW output;

(i) Oversee the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the evolving GGGW team, including the preparation of funding requests, budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, staff management, recruitment, and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting;

(j) Manage, guide, develop and train staff under his/her supervision;

(k) Foster teamwork and communication among staff in his or her team and across organizational boundaries;

(l) Represent WMO at relevant international, regional or national meetings;

(m) Carry out other relevant duties as required.


Master's degree or equivalent in atmospheric chemistry, meteorology, oceanography or a related scientific discipline relevant to greenhouse gas monitoring.
A PhD in a relevant field would be an advantage.

A minimum of twelve years of combined national and international experience at progressively increasingly levels of responsibility in one or more of the areas constituting the WMO mandate, with a focus on scientific, technical and policy-related aspects of climate change mitigation, including observation and/or modeling of greenhouse gases and the processes that determine their atmospheric concentrations.

Other requirements
Excellent leadership, managerial and supervisory skills, including budget planning and control, change management. A well-developed capacity for planning, organizing and managing complex international programmes. Aptitude for strategic thinking, maturity of judgment, initiative, creativity, excellent interpersonal and communication skills both orally and in writing. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to foster diversity and team spirit.

Excellent knowledge of English (both oral and written). Knowledge of French is desirable. 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$ 106023

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 84606 (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: 24 July 2023

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