Innovation 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 innovation aspects of the Global Hydrometry Support Facility (GHSF). This facility supports implementation of hydrometric observing systems and catalyses uptake of innovative methods and technology through the global innovation hub. The incumbent is responsible for the global innovation aspects and will perform the following duties:

(a) Further develop and implement the WMO Hydrological Observing System (WHOS) Phase 2, including the design and implementation of a stable and sustainable Information Technology (IT) solution;

(b) Provide technical guidance to National Meteorological and Hydrological (NMHSs) and relevant organizations;

(c) Liaise with research and development organizations to catalyse innovation for hydrological observing systems;

(d) Organize and participate in the development of innovation calls of the GHSF;

(e) Organize the review process for innovation calls;

(f) Support meetings and workflows with regard to innovation aspects of the GHSF;

(g) Administer and update the WHOS website;

(h) Provide guidance and support to Hydrological Cycle Observing System (HYCOS) Project implementation with regard to new technologies/methodologies;

(i) Work closely with the WMO Information System (WIS) and WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) programmes and other relevant institutions and groups to ensure seamless data policy and standardization;

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

(k) Provide support to WMO technical cooperation activities as required, including the undertaking of sectorial missions to help building capacity;

(l) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master’s degree or equivalent from a recognized university in informatics, hydrology, meteorology, or geography, with an emphasis on data management, hydrometry and information systems.
At least eight years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience with an emphasis on data analysis, data base management, information systems design and application, hydro-informatics, operational hydrology and/or water resources management activities. A good working 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 communication, interpersonal and analytical skills. A good working knowledge of the activities of WMO or other United Nations agencies would be an asset. Good 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$ 74130 for staff members with dependants
 US$ 69032 for staff members without dependants
Annual post adjustment on initial salary is:US$ 63677 for staff members with dependants
 US$ 59298 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: 14 July 2016