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[Met-jobs] Meteorological Forecaster and Analyst

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:42:15 +0000

Details are below and in the attachment. 

Meteorological Forecaster and Analyst

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest 
humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are seeking to fill a 
consultancy position of Meteorological Forecaster and Analyst, which will be 
based in the Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordination Branch at our 
Headquarters in Rome, Italy. The selected candidate will have to be an 
experienced and flexible Meteorologist who is enthusiastic about both the 
challenges of global forecasting and communicating natural hazard risks to a 
variety of stakeholders.

The Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordination Branch (OMEP) is 
responsible for enhancing the WFP’s preparedness and response capacity in 
emergencies, including early warning, preparedness planning, crisis support and 
information management. The Branch provides normative guidance, technical 
support and capacity building to field offices and regional bureaux, as well as 
inter-agency coordination.

Analysis and early warning for natural and man-made risks is an important part 
of preparedness, and building WFP’s early warning capacity is a strategic 
priority for OMEP. The Analysis and Early Warning Unit (AEW) was therefore 
established within the Branch to support WFP’s resource allocation, emergency 
preparedness and resource mobilisation through understanding and anticipation.

Reporting to the Head of the Analysis and Early Warning Unit (AEW), the 
Consultant will be responsible for the following key duties:

•       Research and analyse seasonal natural hazards in countries of interest 
to WFP;
•       Produce a monthly Early Warning Report with a seasonal forecast 
•       Conduct analysis on countries at the greatest risk for flooding and 
drought in the next two months;
•       Collaborate with WFP’s regional Emergency Preparedness and Response 
Units, Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping Unit, Field Security Analytical Unit, 
other humanitarian agencies, and partners in academic and research institutions 
to determine countries which have high food insecurity which will make them 
more susceptible to drought and flood;
•       Produce seasonal forecast outlooks for Country Offices during important 
seasonal monsoons and indicate areas of greatest vulnerability;
•       Research and identify potential impacts of natural hazards, including 
impact trend analysis;
•       Draft briefs based on the research mentioned above;
•       Any other tasks as required.

Qualifications & Experience Required
•       Master’s degree in Meteorology, Hydrology, Environmental Science or a 
related field.

•       At least 3 years of postgraduate professional experience in short term 
and seasonal weather forecasting or a PHD in a relevant field;
•       Experience or study related to the use of international modelling 
products, weather centre products and satellite data;
•       Experience with Linux, programming and modelling is desirable.

Technical Skills & Knowledge:
•       Working knowledge of statistical/numerical models;
•       Knowledge of agricultural meteorology and/or hydrology is an advantage;
•       Good GIS mapping skills are a plus.

•       Resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgement and tact;
•       Good analytical and negotiating skills;
•       Ability to work with minimal supervision and set priorities;
•       Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing; 
•       Ability to work in a team, and establish effective working relations 
with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds;
•       Ability to cope with situations which may threaten health or safety; 
•       Flexibility in accepting work assignments outside normal desk 

•       Fluency in oral and written English.

Terms and Conditions
WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the 
contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with 
WFP. Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about 
WFP’s operations. Learn more about countries where the UN operates.

Application Procedures:
Go to:
Step 1: Register and create your online CV.
Step 2: Click on “Description” to read the position requirements and “Apply” to 
submit your application.
NOTE: You must complete Step 1 and 2 in order for your application to be 
considered for this vacancy.

Deadline for applications: 2 September 2014

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the 
basis of HIV/AIDS status. Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants 
from developing countries are encouraged to apply.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN 
Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), 
International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP 
External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other 
similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities 
over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that 

REF: 14-0015466

Fighting Hunger Worldwide

Attachment: 15466 - Meteorological Forecaster and Analyst.doc
Description: 15466 - Meteorological Forecaster and Analyst.doc

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