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Representative For North, Central And West Africa(WMO - World Meteorological Organization

Date Posted: 05/Nov/2013
Deadline: 02/Dec/2013




POST WMO Representative for North, Central and West Africa


DUTY STATION Abuja, Nigeria with possibility of relocation

COMMENCEMENT OF DUTY 15 March 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter

NATURE OF APPOINTMENT Fixed-term of two years with possibility of renewal pending satisfactory performance after an initial probationary period of one year, which can be extended up to a maximum of two years


Regional Office for Africa Development and Regional Activities (DRA) Department DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (see reverse side)

Applications from suitably qualified female and male candidates are equally welcome. The statutory retirement age after 1 January 2014 is 65. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete the term of appointment will normally be considered.



  • Advanced university degree in meteorology, hydrology or climatology, atmospheric sciences or a closely related field. Additional training in international cooperation and project management would be an advantage.
  • Experience At least eight years of national and international progressively responsible experience in management, preferably in a National Meteorological Service or a related environmental institution. Knowledge of United Nations structures and working processes.
  • Good understanding of WMO. Record of participation in WMO meetings, workshops or working groups would be an advantage.
  • Experience in planning and organizing meetings, in developing, implementing and managing projects and programmes at the regional, national and international levels, including capacity building programmes and resource mobilization initiatives.
  • Other requirements Sense of responsibility, maturity of judgement and initiative.
  • Ability to plan, organize and manage.
  • Ability to maintain discussions with Senior National Officials of the Region. Strong sense of diplomacy and tact are required.
  • Awareness of the needs of Members in the Region; knowledge of WMO Programmes and evolving development policies.
  • Good knowledge of project formulation and project management.
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Good communication skills and strong focus on strategic and operational planning and international relations.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.


  • Excellent knowledge of English and French and a good working knowledge of the 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.


Annual net base salary on initial appointment is US$ 72,467 for staff members with dependants US$ 67,483 for staff members without dependants Annual post adjustment on initial salary is US$ 55,582 for staff members with dependants US$ 51,759 for staff members without dependants This post adjustment, which is subject to change without notice, is paid in addition to the net basic salary.


Applications should be made on the WMO Personal History Form (forms from other UN agencies will not be accepted), which may be obtained from the WMO Secretariat on request or downloaded from the Internet at and should be addressed under confidential cover to: The Chief, Human Resources Division, World Meteorological Organization, P.O. Box 2300, 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland Do not send your application via multiple routes. Due to the expected volume of applications, receipt of applications cannot be acknowledged individually. Only applicants in whom WMO has a further interest will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit a written test and/or an interview. Date of issue of vacancy notice: 4 November 2013




Under the guidance of the Director, Offices for Africa and Least Developed Countries and the overall supervision of the Director, Development and Regional Activities (DRA) Department, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Contribute to the implementation of resource mobilization activities within the subregion and the promotion of resource mobilization activities of the WMO Offices in coordination with other technical departments and through collaboration with regional and international organizations, including regional development partners;

Assist Members in the subregion in the preparation of Strategic Development Plans, identification of requirements and resources for the further strengthening and development of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and in the formulation of relevant project proposals and implementation of these projects in support of the Services, and to maintain updated country profiles;

Participate in the organization of sessions of Regional Association I and follow-up actions in the implementation of decisions with regard to the implementation of the Regional Programme in the subregion. Contribute to the preparation of documents for the Executive Council and Congress within the mandate of DRA and, in particular, the Regional Offices for Africa and Least Developed Countries;

Establish new, and maintain existing partnerships and work with regional and subregional groups, including the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD), the Agency for Air Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA), the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), the AGRHYMET Regional Centre, the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC), the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) and the Niger Basin Authority (NBA), in the implementation of meteorological, hydrological, and environmental programmes and attend their meetings, as appropriate.

Provide technical support in the organization of the annual meetings of Directors/Heads of NMHSs in each subgroup and the work of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (ANCOMET);

Support the organization of WMO regional events such as seminars, workshops, technical conferences and other activities planned by the technical departments and participate, as necessary, in these events. Some of these include the work of the RA I Management Group and Working Groups.

Provide support to training events at the Regional Training Centres (RTCs) in Algeria, Niger and Nigeria and assist the Education and Training (ETR) Office in the management of WMO Fellows; Represent WMO at meetings in countries in the subregion.

Participate in all relevant meetings of the United Nations Office in Abuja and other relevant conferences. Further keep abreast with the programmes of development partners in the subregion and seek partnerships with these organizations for development of NMHSs.

Keep close liaison with the UN Resident Coordinator; Carry out the financial and administrative functions of the WMO Office in Abuja; Support the president and vice-president of Regional Association I in their duties; Carry out other relevant duties as required.


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