Scientific Officer – World Meteorological Organization

World Climate Research (WCR) Division
Science and Innovation Department


Under the overall guidance of the Director of the Science and Innovation (D/SI) and the direct supervision of the Head of the World Climate Research Division (H/WCR), the incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Provide overall programmatic support to key World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) science activities including, but not limited to, those covering the WCRP Science Objective on “Fundamental understanding of the climate system”;
  • Support the Head of the Division with regard to the development and realization of the WCRP Implementation and Transition process;
  • Work closely with the staff in the Division to jointly meet key objectives;
  • Coordinate with the WCRP International Project Offices, as necessary;
  • Work with relevant activities to provide regular budget and funding updates, and assist the Head of Division in identifying possible sources of funding;
  • Liaise and coordinate with the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) and the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) in the SI Department as well as other activities as appropriate (e.g., ensuring connections with WMO Technical Commissions, the Research Board and other WCRP co-sponsored activities);
  • Maintain current knowledge of climate research progress relevant to the WCRP;
  • Work with other WMO Departments and WCRP’s co-sponsors to identify and support opportunities for early career, underrepresented, and developing country researchers;
  • Represent the WCRP (and when appropriate the SI Department) in national and international meetings, as required;
  • Under the guidance of the Head of the Division, work with the WCRP co-sponsors;
  • Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master’s degree or equivalent in Climate Science, Earth System Science, Meteorology, Oceanography, Cryosphere Sciences or a closely related field.

A minimum of five years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in project or programme management in a relevant climate, Earth System Science or a global change field.

Other requirements
Ability to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate assigned programmes and projects. Ability to plan, organize and manage the work with minimum supervision. Ability to draft clear and succinct communication items, reports, documents and correspondence. Maturity of judgement, initiative and creativity. Excellent analytical, communication and interpersonal skills. Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. Understanding of the United Nations, including WMO programmes and activities and international organization processes would be an advantage. 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.)

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