Programme Officer at the IPCC Secretariat (short-term)

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is hiring a Programme Officer.

POST: Programme Officer
DUTY STATION: Geneva, Switzerland
NATURE OF APPOINTMENT: Short-term 364 Days
COMMENCEMENT OF DUTY: To be determined



Under the the overall guidance of the Secretary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Deputy Secretary of the IPCC, the Programme Officer will be responsible for supporting the implementation of existing and new mandates arising from Panel or Bureau decisions across various domains as well as supporting the cooperation, with the UN system. The incumbent will perform the following duties:

Support the execution of existing and new mandates resulting from Panel, Bureau and Executive Committee decisions and related Task Groups or / and Teams;

  • Supports the IPCC Chair, Vice Chairs and other Members of the Executive Committee and the IPCC Bureaux both individually and corporately in the delivery of their mandate including through providing input to their speaking engagements;
  • Support the liaison with relevant UN organizations and other international bodies and programmes, in particular with UNEP and WMO and with UNFCCC etc;
  • Provide input to the preparation of the relevant meeting documentation and support activities;
  • Carry out other relevant duties as required.


Master’s degree or equivalent in International Relations, Economics, Public Policy, Environment or Climate Policy or a closely related field.

At least five (5) years experience in climate, environment or other related fields.

Other requirements
This role requires strong coordination and policy formulation skills, the ability to multitask, exceptional communication skills, and a deep understanding of stakeholder engagement within the context of climate-related initiatives and international organizations. Ability to foster team spirit, international cooperation and to work in a multicultural environment.

Excellent knowledge of English (both oral and written). Knowledge of other official languages of the Organization would be an advantage.
(Note: 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.

Possibility of renewal subject to the availability of funds and pending satisfactory performance after an initial probationary period of one year which can be extended up to a maximum of two years.

WMO is committed to achieving diversity and a balanced workforce. Applications are welcome from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. 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.


Deadline: 19 March 2024