World Meteorological Organization Information and Communications Specialist Job Vacancy

Job Vacancy: Information and Communications Specialist, P.3
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a United Nations agency based in Geneva, Switzerland, is looking for a short-term Information and Communications Specialist for its Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Manager, Communications and Media Relations and overall supervision of the Secretary of the IPCC the incumbent will perform the following duties:
  • Ensure the implementation of information and communications policies, strategies, and programmes to publicize priority issues, products, and major events of IPCC. This includes supporting the drafting of information strategies, monitoring and reporting progress, taking appropriate follow-up action, and analyzing the outcome;
  • Monitor and analyze current events, public opinion and press, identify issues and trends of relevance to IPCC and its activities, prepare daily media reviews, and advise the IPCC Bureau and Executive Committee on appropriate action/responses;
  • Undertake activities to enhance the visibility of IPCC, provide support in the organization of media coverage (e.g. press conferences, interviews, press seminars, and other special activities) of priority issues and/or major events. This includes contributing to the development of media strategies and action plans, initiating pro-active media outreach efforts, proposing and arranging conference/media coverage, keeping up to date media contacts, disseminating materials, monitoring requests from media and drafting responses to media requests, undertaking appropriate follow-up action, and analyzing and reporting on the impact of coverage;
  • Identify, plan and oversee arrangements for events to disseminate IPCC findings, including coordination with organizers, liaison with and support for speakers, and logistic arrangements;
  • Oversee the production and dissemination of IPCC reports and IPCC information and communications products (e.g. press kits, feature articles, brochures, backgrounders, audio visual materials, radio spot programmes, etc). This includes identifying users for IPCC material, proposing topics for information material, determining appropriate medium and target audience, preparing production plans, writing drafts, obtaining clearances and finalizing texts, copy editing, and coordinating design approval, printing procedures and distribution;
  • Prepare initial drafts of articles or chapters for inclusion in newsletters, periodicals, reports and books;
  • Provide support to IPCC Secretariat staff and experts in interaction with media;
  • Oversee, in close cooperation with relevant IPCC Secretariat Officers, the maintenance of the IPCC website;
  • Assist the IPCC Technical Support Units in developing and implementing information, outreach and training activities within their area of work;
  • Liaise with public information officers from other United Nations organizations, especially WMO, the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change;
  • Carry out other related duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Experience
Education: Advanced university degree in journalism, international relations or communications
  • At least five years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in public information work and development of comprehensive communication strategies, targeting multiple stakeholders, including public and private sectors and media. 
  • Experience providing information on scientific issues at the international level.
Other requirements
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office software as well as graphic design software, 
  • website development and maintenance and web editing and design software; 
  • sense of responsibility, maturity of judgment, initiative, creativity, ability to plan, organize and manage the work with minimum supervision; 
  • ability to write clearly and succinctly reports, documents and correspondence; 
  • excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work productively in a multi-cultural working environment.
  • Excellent knowledge of English or French and a good working knowledge of the other language.
  • Knowledge of other official languages of the WMO Secretariat 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.)
Salary: Commensurate with United Nations P.3 level.
Nature of Appointment: Short-term contract of five months to cover maternity leave.
Commencement of Duties: As soon as possible after the closing date but not later than 10 March 2014.
Applications: Applications should be made in an up-to-date WMO Personal History Form, which can downloaded from the Internet at and sent signed and scanned by email to

Closing Date: Applications should be received at the above email address not later that 7 February 2014. 
Applications received after this date will not be considered.

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