Work Plan Coordinator at GEOSS

Closing date: 6 November 2007


  • MSc or equivalent university degree in a field relevant to the GEO societal benefit or crosscuttingareas. A PhD degree or equivalent qualification would be an advantage.
  • At least eight years of progressively responsible experience, of which at least five years technical experience in Earth sciences or in Earth observations at the national level or five years of research/technical experience in a relevant field in an institution with international exposure. Experience in the management of research projects. Extensive theoretical and operational knowledge of observing systems (space, in situ) and/or modelling/data assimilation techniques and/or data dissemination methods.
  • Strong analytical, interpretive and innovating skills; rapid comprehension of oral/written information; critical and creative thinking; synergy making; problem solving and anticipation; making recommendations. Strong communication and management skills: listening, informing, persuading; conveying information/concepts in writing; presenting to large audiences; translating complex information into simple words. Strong teamwork and organization skills: sharing information, abilities and experience; motivating and supporting people; resolving conflicts; coordinating work and events; monitoring progress; meeting deadlines.
  • Excellent knowledge of English or French and a good working knowledge of the other language.
Duties and responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Secretariat Director, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Coordinate the evolution of the annual GEO Work Plan to ensure continuity of activities, initiation of new projects and crossfertilization of ongoing ones. As necessary, support the GEO Work Plan implementation in specific GEOSS societal benefit areas (disasters, health, energy, climate, water, weather, ecosystems, agriculture, biodiversity), or crosscutting
areas (user engagement, architecture, data management, capacity building, outreach);
(b) Coordinate the evolution of the annual GEO Work Plan to ensure continuity, emergence of new activities and fertilization of activities across and within GEOSS societal benefit areas. Establish and maintain a continuous dialogue with GEO stakeholders (GEO Secretariat, GEO Members and Participating Organizations) to build on experience and identify opportunities for adjusting the Work Plan's process and substance. Develop and maintain a history of the GEO Work Plan's implementation and a track record of "lessons learned";
(c) Coordinate the preparation of progress reports on Work Plan task implementation. Liaise with, and ensure continuous commitment from, responsible international and regional entities. Initiate dialogue for the clarification of tasks for subsequent GEO Work Plans to followup on ongoing activities. Consolidate detailed "Statements of Work" for GEO Work Plan tasks based on inputs from Members and Participating Organizations;
(d) Propose crosscutting activities and projects and participate actively in developing a coordination mechanism to reinforce synergies among international and/or national Earth observation efforts. Develop an ongoing dialogue with relevant international and national agencies responsible for in situ, airborne and spacebased Earth observation to foster alignment of these efforts with the GEOSS 10Year Implementation Plan;
(e) Represent GEO at international conferences, meetings and workshops (e.g., give presentations, organize GEO sideevents)
and help position GEOSS as a critical asset capable of delivering socioeconomic benefits to people and economies around the globe;
(f) Attend and support on behalf of the GEO Secretariat, meetings of the GEO Science and Technology Committee as well as the CoChairs Coordination Committee (C4);
(g) Prepare and edit meeting reports, technical and scientific reports, periodic progress reports and input to documents and publications;
(h) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

For more information see the job announcement.