Vacancy No.: VN19-18
Job Ref. No.: STF-PL/19-18
Reports to: Director-General
Closing Date: 1 May 2019
ECMWF was created in 1975 by a group of European nations with the purpose of pushing the boundaries of science to improve weather forecasting for the benefit of its Member and Co-operating States, and the wider community. ECMWF is both a research institute and a 24/7 operational service, producing and disseminating numerical weather predictions to its Member and Co-operating States. ECMWF carries out scientific and technical research directed to the improvement of its forecasts, collects and processes large amounts of observations, and manages a long-term archive of meteorological data. ECMWF works closely with the national meteorological services of its Member and Co-operating States, supports the programmes of the World Meteorological Organisation, and collaborates with space agencies around the world. ECMWF’s scientific success over the past four decades is based on its collaborative approach.
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ECMWF is a major player in Copernicus, the European Union (EU) flagship Earth-observation programme. The programme ensures operational monitoring of the atmosphere, oceans, and continental surfaces, and provides reliable, validated information services for a range of environmental and security applications.
ECMWF has been entrusted to operate the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) and the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) on behalf of the European Commission until 2021. It also plays a key role in the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS) by being the computational centre for floods and fire predictions.
The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) service provides consistent and quality-controlled information related to air pollution and health, solar energy, greenhouse gases and climate forcings everywhere in the world. For details, see atmosphere.copernicus.eu/.
The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) service provides authoritative information about the past, present and future climate, as well as tools to enable climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies by policy makers and businesses. For details, see climate.copernicus.eu/.
The Director of Copernicus Services is responsible for managing the delivery of ECMWF’s existing Copernicus services in accordance with the EC/ECMWF Delegation Agreement and strategy that has been agreed with the European Commission until 2021. The successful candidate will develop plans for the evolution of the existing services, as well as concepts for new services such as the anthropogenic CO2 emissions monitoring service. They will also lead the negotiations with the EC of the next delegation agreement under the EC 2021-2027 Multiyear Financial Framework.
The Director of Copernicus Services will represent ECMWF at the European Commission for Copernicus related purposes and will maintain excellent stakeholder relationships with Council Member States, national governmental agencies and other stakeholders with an interest in the work of Copernicus. The successful candidate will also work collaboratively with the Director-General and other Directors at ECMWF to maintain seamless integration with the core activities of ECMWF.
This role will be a prominent figurehead in the community who will advocate and demonstrate the benefits of the Copernicus services to Society.
The primary function of this role is to deliver the Copernicus Services in line with the delegation agreement and strategy that has been agreed with the European Commission until 2021 and to lead the negotiation and implementation of the next delegation agreement.
This role will involve frequent travel within Europe, particularly to Brussels.
The successful candidate will be recruited at the A6 grade, according to the scales of the Co ordinated Organisations and the annual basic salary will be £116,231.40 net of tax.
This position is assigned to the employment category STF-PL as defined in the Staff Regulations.
Full details of salary scales and allowances are available on the ECMWF website at www.ecmwf.int/en/about/jobs, including the Centre’s Staff Regulations regarding the terms and conditions of employment.
Starting date: 1st September 2019
Length of contract: Five years. However, the continuation of the contract beyond December 2021 will be subject to the signing of the next Copernicus delegation agreement with the EC and the availability of associated funding.
Location: The role will initially be based in the Reading area, in Berkshire, United Kingdom.
Interviews for this position are expected to take place in Reading, Berkshire, UK on 11 & 12 June 2019.
Please apply by completing the online application form available at www.ecmwf.int/en/about/jobs.
Thereafter, the selection process is as follows:
This appointment will be confirmed by the ECMWF Council on 27 & 28 June 2019.
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