Scientific Officer (MHEWS/WDS)

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Geneva, Switzerland 🇨🇭


Under the supervision of the Chief, Multi-Hazard Early Warning Services (MHEWS) Division, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Develop project proposals, oversee the project implementation and reporting, provide cross-cutting project management services, organize expert group meetings, workshops and seminars and other relevant activities in the area of Multi-Hazard Early Warning Services (MHEWS) and the Global Multi-Hazard Alert System (GMAS) such as, early warning, risk assessments, emergency response, capacity development in collaboration with other relevant WMO Programmes, international and regional organizations and Centres of Excellence;

(b) Develop, in consultation with relevant experts, and based on the best practices of WMO Members, regulatory practices and working procedures for the operation of a GMAS Common Technical Platform (CTP), based on the open systems, while integrating existing platforms GMAS can build on. Initiate and manage a project on capacity development relevant to MHEWS/GMAS, such as for hazard mapping and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) on hydrometeorological trigged emergency response services for developing and least developed countries in close collaboration with relevant WMO programmes and key partners at the international, regional and national levels from both, the public and private sectors; Participate and contribute to the strengthening of the cross-cutting capacities of WMO in the area of regional and sub-regional MHEWS/GMAS through close collaboration with the WMO Programmes, technical commissions, regional associations, the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and related partners; and support resource mobilization of funds to develop MHEWS/GMAS;

(c) Liaise with relevant United Nations (UN) agencies and other international and regional bodies (development and humanitarian) to strengthen WMO’s partnerships in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), humanitarian activities and crisis management; maintaining a contact database; and contribute to WMO’s advocacy awareness raising among the WMO Members and users of MHEWS/GMAS, enhance the profile of NMHSs and promote linkages with national, regional, and global DRR national platforms;

(d) Prepare relevant scientific reports, studies and documents as well as relevant documents for WMO constituent bodies sessions;

(e) Keep abreast of the technical developments in MHEWS and risk mapping and their relevant applications and maintain links with Centres of Excellence, academia and other relevant organizations. Maintain a database of scientific and technical developments in the area of MHEWS and provide advice to other WMO technical cooperation projects; develop guidelines and methodologies and prepare training activities related to the MHEWS, particularly in areas such as hazard mapping, risk assessment and modelling and the utilization of hydrometeorological information for disaster risk management decision-making;

(f) Coordinate urgent technical assistance with WMO regional offices and World Meteorological Centres (WMCs)/Regional Specialized Meteorological Centres (RSMCs) for Members and UN agencies as requested during emergent crisis/disaster situations triggered by extreme hydrometeorological conditions;

(g) Carry out other relevant duties as required.    

Master of Science or equivalent in meteorology and/or hydrology and/or geography or a closely related field. A Master of Science in mathematics or other relevant natural sciences may be considered depending on experience. A Doctorate or equivalent would be an advantage. 

At least eight years of combined national and international relevant progressively responsible experience in a National Meteorological and/or Hydrological Service or in another national or international agency responsible for prevention and mitigation of natural disasters of which a minimum of five years at a professional leading position related to these activities. Direct technical experience in developing and providing hydrometeorological services targeted at disaster risk management including early warning, hazard mapping, hydrometeorological risk assessment and modelling, coupled with decision tools for disaster risk reduction would be a strong advantage. A very good understanding of, or operational experience with, Multi-Hazard Early Warning Services (MHEWS), as well as relevant concepts and policies at international, regional, and national level is required. Experience in coordinating disaster risk management activities at the national level along with international coordination aspects of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) including initiatives related to the Target-G of the Sendai Framework for DRR would be an advantage. 

Other requirements 
Strong project management capabilities, particularly management of activities within a cross-cutting framework involving different disciplines, departments and organizations. Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and manage multiple workloads. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, analytical and communication skills. Familiarity with the work of WMO and its technical commissions and regional associations would be an advantage. Ability to use various office computer applications, databases, web services and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Sense of integrity, responsibility, maturity of judgment, initiative and creativity. Ability to write clear and succinct reports, documents and correspondence and to populate Websites and databases and knowledge management systems would be an advantage. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to foster diversity and team spirit. 

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.)