Ocean observations Technical Coordinator – IOC/UNESCO

Overview of the functions of the post
The mission of the IOC/UNESCO-led Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) is to lead the ocean observing community and create the partnerships to grow an integrated, responsive and sustained observing system that serves users as effectively as possible. OceanOPS (ocean-ops.org), a joint IOC/UNESCO – World Meteorological Organization centre, offers vital network visualization, monitoring and support to implementers and users of the system, across an expanding network of global oceanographic and marine meteorological observing communities. As part of its 5-year strategic plan, OceanOPS seeks to develop its support services at the regional level, starting with the Mediterranean region in close cooperation with regional partners. OceanOPS has supported the development of the Argo profiling float network since its inception, and its multidisciplinary evolution in the integrated GOOS context. Biogeochemical-Argo (BGC-Argo), one of the three missions of the international Argo program, aims to collect quality-controlled biogeochemical data to support both operational and scientific users in the context of societally relevant topics including climate change and ocean health. It has a target to reach an operational fleet of 1000 floats in the coming years.

Under the overall authority of the Executive Secretary of the IOC and reporting to the Head of
the IOC Ocean Observations and Services Section, this position is located in the hosting
organization Institut de la Mer, Sorbonne Université, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France, for its
enabling environment, and is part of the OceanOPS team. The incumbent will be responsible
for:

(a) BGC-Argo
In close communication with the BGC-Argo co-chairs, the Argo international and regional
programs, and the Argo focal point at OceanOPS, to support the BGC-Argo mission though:

  • Overall support and communication for BGC-Argo, including responsibility for:
    • meeting and event organization, interaction and networking with national and regional contact points;
    • writing and editing content of newsletters, websites and social media;
    • developing communication material to help promote and fund the expansion of BGC-Argo;
    • specification of monitoring tool developments for the BGC-Argo array;
    • contribution to the development of capacity building activities
    • representing of BGC-Argo co-chairs at certain meetings;
  • The organization of interaction with the entire Argo community, including through regular meetings;
  • The development of collaborations outside Argo through partnerships with GOOS and other biogeochemical networks, modeling programmes, and satellite communities.

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