World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Geneva, , CH


Responsible to the Executive Management (Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General), the incumbent is accountable for the management of the Department for Weather, Climate, Water and Related Environmental Services and Applications (Services Department) of the WMO and ensures that the Department carries out its work as an integral part of the Secretariat and with smooth collaboration with the Departments and Regional Offices.

In the exercise of the function the Director shall:

i. Provide vision, leadership and strategic direction in the development, integration and execution of the WMO Strategic and Operation Plans related to Weather, Climate, Water and Related Environmental Services and Applications and contribute to the WMO Earth System approach and Members Capacity Development; lead and provide support to Congress, the Executive Council, regional associations, technical commissions (specifically the Commission for Weather, Climate, Water and Related Environmental Services and Applications – hereafter Services Commission) and their respective subsidiary bodies related to the development and implementation of WMO Services and Applications;

ii. Plan, manage and direct the activities of the Department including supervision of staff and management of the budget and resources with high efficiency and effectiveness; establish and manage the Department annual work plan with measurable performance indicators, targets and deliverables; maintain close collaboration with the Directors and Heads of other WMO Departments and Offices ensuring the joint planning and support to all WMO strategic objectives relevant to the WMO Services and Applications;

iii. Lead the Secretariat support to the WMO Services Commission and its subsidiary bodies to develop, for consideration by the Executive Council and Congress, proposed international standards for methods, procedures, techniques and practices in meteorology and operational hydrology including, in particular, the relevant parts of the Technical Regulations, manuals and guides for the WMO Services and Applications, mainly: WMO Weather and Disaster Risk Reduction services; aeronautical, marine, oceanographic, agricultural, climatological services including the Global Framework for Climate Services-GFCS; operational hydrological services and application to water management; related environmental services and emerging services under development. Support and promote collaborations among WMO Centers for continued performance improvement of services;

iv. Work together with the Member Services and Development (MS) Department and regional offices, Infrastructure Department and Science and Innovation Department, to ensure integrated support to WMO regional associations and their subsidiary body for implementing WMO Services and Applications, with a view to enhancing the culture and practices on compliance of WMO Members with technical regulations (including manuals, standards) and best practices, training and technical cooperation projects, etc.;

v. Act as WMO leading department focal point for Managing partnerships within and outside of the United Nations system, including coordinating collaboration with the ICAO with respect to aviation meteorological services, with the IMO with respect to Marine and Ocean meteorological services, and with UN-Water and Global Water Partnership, UNESCO/IHP (International Hydrological Programme) for Global hydrological collaboration for facilitating the development of WMO operational hydrological services;

vi. Mobilize needed resources (trust funds, in-kind contributions, hosting WMO centres and facilities, etc.) and provide technical support to WMO Members, through collaboration with the MS Department and regional associations, for the implementation of WMO Services and Applications at regional and national levels;

vii. Collect, compile and provide relevant information for monitoring and evaluating implementation performance and reporting based on the key performance indicators, targets and deliverables associated with WMO Services and; assess and manage risks.

viii. Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master’s degree or equivalent in meteorology, climatology, hydrology or a closely related scientific field.
At least 15 years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in high-level positions in a National Meteorological or Hydrological Service, or an equivalent international centre. Solid senior-level management responsibility for Meteorological Applications and Services. Comprehensive experience in leading the development and implementation activities at the national and international levels. Solid experience in managing high-level meteorological programmes. Familiarity with WMO and the working practices of international organizations including creation and management of partnerships within the United Nations and beyond relevant to the Department.
Other requirements
Excellent managerial and supervisory skills, including budget planning and control, change management, resource mobilization and project management skills. A well-developed capacity for planning, organizing and managing complex international programmes. Proven ability to develop projects and attract funds for their implementation. Leadership ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment and good skill of motivating and inspiring staff. Proven track record in managing multi-disciplinary and cross-cutting programmes. Maturity of judgment, initiative, creativity, excellent interpersonal and communication skills both orally and in writing.
Excellent knowledge of English. 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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