Support Officer (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 operations 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) Assist in administering the World Hydrological Cycle Observing System (WHYCOS) programme and its Hydrological Cycle Observing System (HYCOS) components;

(b) Provide backstopping for ongoing HYCOS projects;

(c) Operate the GHSF Helpdesk;

(d) Support and catalyse the implementation of the Hydrological Services Information Platform in close cooperation with the WMO country profile database;

(e) Provide secretariat support for GHSF and the GHSF Advisory Council;

(f) Assist in building consortia to implement innovative HYCOS projects;

(g) Support the review process for GHSF innovation calls;

(h) Update and administer the GHSF website;

(i) Assist in implementing the WHYCOS review recommendations;

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

(k) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in administration, management, environmental sciences, hydrology, meteorology, geography or a closely related field.
At least three years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in data analysis and management, hydrometry, outreach and communication or project management. Knowledge of water-related international programmes with experience in organizing meetings, drafting and reviewing of technical reports and project documents.
Other requirements
Sense of responsibility, maturity of judgement, initiative, originality of ideas and an ability to work independently and in a team. Proven ability to write reports and documents. Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal and analytical skills. Some knowledge of the activities of WMO or other United Nations agencies. 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$ 50420 for staff members with dependants
 US$ 47292 for staff members without dependants
Annual post adjustment on initial salary is:US$ 43310 for staff members with dependants
 US$ 40623 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.