Project Coordinator (Global Hydrometry Support Facility)

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Geneva, Switzerland 🇨🇭


Under the supervision of the Chief, Basic Systems in Hydrology (BSH) Division, the incumbent is responsible for supporting the work of the Global Hydrometry Support Facility (GHSF). This facility supports implementation of hydrometric observing systems and catalyses uptake of innovative methods and technology into the former. The incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Monitor, evaluate and oversee GHSF implementation according to the LogFrame and adjust GHSF priority activities according to needs;

(b) Develop funding proposals and strategy documents;

(c) Provide secretariat support to consultants with regard to Hydrological Cycle Observing System (HYCOS) projects and innovation aspects, including technical and societal aspects;

(d) Serve as the Secretary of the GHSF Advisory Council;

(e) Support National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and other relevant organizations in further developing and operating hydrometric equipment;

(f) Conceptualize, formulate and constantly update communication and outreach strategy and activities;

(g) Provide guidance to HYCOS project implementation, including participatory approaches and a strengthening of an integrated observing, modelling and service provision approach;

(h) Oversee the implementation of the Hydrological Services Information Platform;

(i) Support relevant projects under the Hydrology and Water Resources Programme (HWRP), especially with regard to linking data and information to applied climate and water services for operational purposes;

(j) Liaise with relevant donors, international organizations, river basin commissions and other regional bodies;

(k) Provide support and backstopping to WMO technical cooperation activities as required, including the undertaking of sectorial advisory missions;

(l) Organize reviews and audits as necessary;

(m) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master’s degree or equivalent from a recognized university in civil engineering, hydrology, meteorology, or geography, with an emphasis on data management, measuring networks or water resources management.
At least eight years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience with an emphasis on hydrometry, data analysis, database management, information systems design and application, operational hydrology and/or water resources management. A good knowledge of water-related international programmes with experience in organizing meetings, project coordination, drafting and reviewing of technical reports and project documents at the international level.
Other requirements
Sense of responsibility, maturity of judgement, initiative, originality of ideas; capacity for planning, organizing and managing projects and programmes. Proven ability to draft proposals to secure funding for scientific and technical projects. Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal and analytical skills. A good working knowledge of the activities of WMO or other United Nations agencies would be an asset. Excellent supervisory and management skills. Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and foster team spirit.
Excellent knowledge of English or French and a good working knowledge of the other language. Knowledge of other official languages of the Organization would be an advantage.

(Note: the working languages of the WMO Secretariat are English and French. The official languages of the Organization are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.)

The Secretary-General may appoint a candidate at a grade below the advertised grade of the post, with the possibility of promotion to that grade within three years of appointment, subject to satisfactory appraisal of performance.
The position is limited to the duration of the project, which is 31 December 2019, and is funded from extrabudgetary resources. Renewal or extension of the position depends on the availability of funds and 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$ 73338 for staff members with dependants
 US$ 68294 for staff members without dependants
Annual post adjustment on initial salary is:US$ 64537 for staff members with dependants
 US$ 60098 for staff members without dependants
This post adjustment, which is subject to change without notice, is paid 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. The interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of 3 to 7 October 2016.
Date of issue of vacancy notice: 5 July 2016