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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 22 August 2023 Under Recruitment

Scientific Officer


Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 2 years

World Weather Research Division
Science and Innovation 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 of the Science and Innovation (D/SI) and the direct supervision of the Head of the World Weather Research Division (H/WWR), the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) In close collaboration with H/WWRD, coordinate the implementation and alignment of the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) goals, listed in the Implementation plan for 2024-2027, with the WMO strategic plan for 2024;

(b) In close collaboration with H/WWRD, initiate activities to ensure alignment of the WWRP vision (provided by the WWRP Scientific Steering Committee) that will enable the successful implementation of the WWRP goals, legacy and future planning;

(c) Participate in regular budget and funding planning and actively contribute to identifying extra budgetary funding;

(d) Lead and support the implementation of at least two of the WWRP's new, main projects, as well as the ongoing Science-for-Services projects, by working closely with the scientists/experts of the WWRP community;

(e) Support WWRP Working Groups and Expert Teams in their activities and link with the other research programmes WCRP and GAW activities (e.g. Monsoon Office, Urban related activities such as Paris Olympics, etc.) as well as other departments in WMO (e.g. WIPPS, PHORS, SC-DRR, SC-Agri, etc.);

(f) Lead, coordinate and organize expert meetings, symposia, conferences, training workshops and other activities relevant to the new WWRP Implementation plan, in collaboration with WWRP Working Groups/projects through the experts in the WWRP community;

(g) Keep abreast of research and innovation in the fields of weather science, assessing stakeholders' and Regional needs and provide input for future activities related to research on seamless weather prediction from minutes to months, aligning with the key priority areas of WMO's strategic plan (e.g. EW4All, WMO Hydrology Panel, etc,);

(h) Enable cross-cutting linkages of WWRP research efforts with other constituent bodies of WMO - e.g., INFCOM, SERCOM, Member services - to enhance the transition of research into operations and services;

(i) Collaborate with SI staff to ensure optimal communication and knowledge sharing within SI Department and WMO;

(j) Provide inputs to scientific papers and/or WMO publications, as relevant; and

(k) Carry out any other relevant duties as required.

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in weather meteorology, climate science with expertise in prediction systems or related area on shorter time scales. Advanced university degree in social sciences and experience in working cross disciplinary with natural and social sciences can also be considered.
A PhD would be an advantage.

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in weather prediction systems, science to operations, social science, or related areas is required. Formal qualification or equivalent experience in scientific communication, project management and stakeholder engagement. Experience with the United Nations system would be an advantage. Experience in writing reports, documents and correspondence. Maturity of judgement, initiative and tact. Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills. Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.

Other requirements
Ability to take initiative, develop, implement, monitor and evaluate assigned projects and activities. Plan, organize and manage the work with minimum supervision, draft clear and succinct communication items, reports, documents correspondence and contributions to peer reviewed scientific papers and/or WMO publications papers. Maturity of judgement, initiative and creativity. Excellent analytical, communication and interpersonal skills and experience in interdisciplinary work. 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$ 77326

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 61706 (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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