Co-ordinator of the CAMS National Collaboration Programme

1. Position information

Vacancy No.: VN21-04
Grade: A3
Job Ref. No.: STF-PL/21-04
Location: Bonn, Germany
Department: Copernicus Department
Service: Copernicus Joint Services
Reports to: Head of Copernicus User Engagement Section
Closing Date: 10 March 2021

2. About ECMWF

ECMWF is both a research institute and a 24/7 operational service, producing numerical weather predictions for its Member and Co-operating States as well as users around the world. ECMWF carries out scientific and technical research and analysis aiming to continuously improve global prediction. ECMWF processes in its high-performance computing facility large amounts of observations to provide up-to-date global analyses and climate reanalyses of the atmosphere, ocean and land surface. For details, see www.ecmwf.int/

Over the years, ECMWF’s partnership with the European Union has grown, and in 2014 ECMWF became an entrusted entity to operate the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) and the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) on behalf of the European Commission until mid-2021 and ECMWF is preparing plans for the next phase of the Copernicus Programme for the period 2021-2027.

ECMWF currently operates from its headquarters, located in Reading, UK, and its data centre located in Bologna, Italy. Over the course of 2021, ECMWF will be opening additional new premises in Bonn, Germany.

Copernicus is the European Union (EU) flagship Earth-observation programme. The Copernicus 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. Based on the exploitation of space based and in situ observations and models, Copernicus provides information services for land, marine, atmospheric and climate monitoring, as well as emergency management and security. For details, see www.copernicus.eu/.

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 forcing, everywhere in the world. For details, see www.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 www.climate.copernicus.eu/

3. Summary of the role

ECMWF has an exciting new position as Co-ordinator of the CAMS National Collaboration Programme, which sits within the Copernicus Department.

The role will contribute to the ECMWF Copernicus user engagement activities by managing the CAMS National Collaboration Programme, which is being established to support the uptake of air quality and greenhouse gas products by national public authorities in Europe, and to dovetail CAMS activities with corresponding ones at national level. CAMS operates in areas that are highly relevant for environment and climate policies to ensure consistency between information provided at European and national levels essential for sound public information.

The main specific objectives of the CAMS National Collaboration programme are twofold:

  • to support the uptake of CAMS products at national level, particularly the regional air quality forecasts and the anthropogenic emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases (CO2 and CH4);
  • to evaluate CAMS products at national level, to provide feedback for their continuous improvement, and to complement them with additional refinements or local downscaling capabilities, which can potentially be shared with the wide range of CAMS users.

CAMS will provide resources to the countries by means of contracts with the ministry(-ies) or agency(-ies) in charge of the air quality and pollutant/greenhouse gas emissions portfolios. This will concern in principle all the countries of the European Union, as well as the countries participating to the Copernicus programme.

The role of the Co-ordinator of the CAMS National Collaboration Programme is to ensure that the programme is designed and then implemented in a way that is scalable for managing activities of about 30 parallel contracts. Importantly, the implementation of National Collaboration Programme will be supported by the different relevant CAMS service elements and the Programme will grow during the course of the 7 years until mid-2028. Finally, it will channel feedback from the national public authorities for the continuous evolution of the products, feeding into the CAMS User Requirement Database (URDB).

The role will also involve liaising with key stakeholders at European level, prominently the European Commission (including DG-DEFIS, DG-ENV, DG-CLIMA, JRC) and the EEA. The National Collaboration Programme will provide help and support in the facilitation of exchanges between the national and the European levels on topics such as reporting about emissions and atmospheric concentrations exceedances.

The successful candidate will work closely with other colleagues within the Copernicus Department to keep abreast of the latest technical and scientific developments and communication strategies, as well as providing adequate feedback on user requirements in scope of quality assurance. Furthermore, this role will involve working closely with the ECMWF’s User Services Section to ensure that the support needs of participating countries are properly anticipated and catered for.

The position will be based in Bonn, Germany, with regular interaction with staff based at the HQ in Reading, United Kingdom. Frequent travel to Brussels will be required to interact and collaborate with European Institutions and relevant Member States representatives meeting regularly there. Other occasional travel within Europe will also be required.

4. Main duties and key responsibilities

  • Designing a detailed implementation plan including the processes for establishing the CAMS National Collaboration Programme
  • Acting as a Technical Officer for CAMS contracts with Member States relating to the National Collaboration Programme and supporting the achievement of the objectives
  • Managing and liaising with DG-DEFIS, DG-ENV, DG-CLIMA, JRC and the EEA (and other Organisations, as appropriate) about the CAMS National Collaboration Programme
  • Organising, assembling and consolidating the reporting to the European Commission about the CAMS National Collaboration Programme
  • Collaborating with the Copernicus Communication Team and the ECMWF User Service Section for delivering the CAMS National Collaboration Programme and communicating any outcomes
  • Managing the collection and analysis of feedback about CAMS products and services resulting from the National Collaboration Programme
  • Contributing to other user engagement activities, including presenting and showcasing CAMS products and services at workshops and events and the creation of an overarching framework and strategy for partnerships with countries and stakeholders in general

5. Personal attributes

  • Accountability and capacity to deliver according to objectives
  • Creativity and proactivity, ability to take initiatives
  • Ability to work both autonomously and as part of multidisciplinary teams
  • Ability to multi-task, handle multiple projects, and drive projects to completion
  • Detail and solution-oriented and excellent problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to understand specific knowledge and skills needs
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate to different audiences
  • Genuine interest in Copernicus and in particular CAMS and C3S

6. Qualifications and experience required

Education

  • An advanced university degree in atmospheric sciences, environmental engineering, or other relevant scientific discipline is required.

Experience

  • Demonstrated experience of managing projects, ideally in an international context.
  • Demonstrated experience of managing a team or staff.
  • Demonstrated experience of engaging with public stakeholders and agencies at national and European level and advanced knowledge of the European environment & climate policies.
  • Good understanding of the scientific aspects underpinning air quality and emissions products as well as of their relevance in the European policy context.
  • Understanding of the Earth Observation data value chain, including aspects on data access infrastructure.
  • Some experience of engagement within the Copernicus programme would be an advantage.

Knowledge and skills (including language)

  • Candidates must be able to work effectively in English and interviews will be conducted in English.
  • A good knowledge of one of the Centre’s other working languages (French or German) would be an advantage.

7. Other information

The successful candidate will be recruited at the A3 grade, according to the scales of the Co-ordinated Organisations and the annual salary will be EURO 92,770.32 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: 1 July 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Length of contract: Four years, subject to signature of the Contribution Agreement between ECMWF and the European Commission for the implementation of CAMS over 2021-2027 and availability of funds.

Location: The position will be based in ECMWF’s duty station in Bonn, Germany. With the duty station in Bonn currently expected to open in summer 2021, the successful candidate may be asked start in Reading initially. Successful applicants and members of their family forming part of their households will be exempt from immigration restrictions

Videoconference Interviews via Blue Jeans are expected to take place at the end of March 2021.

8. How to apply

Please apply by completing the online application form available at www.ecmwf.int/en/about/jobs/.

To contact the ECMWF Recruitment Team, please email jobs@ecmwf.int.

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At ECMWF, we consider an inclusive environment as key for our success. We are dedicated to ensuring a workplace that embraces diversity and provides equal opportunities for all, without distinction as to race, gender, age, marital status, social status, disability, sexual orientation, religion, personality, ethnicity and culture. We value the benefits derived from a diverse workforce and are committed to having staff that reflect the diversity of the countries that are part of our community, in an environment that nurtures equality and inclusion.

Applications are invited from nationals from ECMWF Member States and Co-operating States, listed below:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, North Macedonia, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Applications from nationals from other countries may be considered in exceptional cases.

published: 11 February 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.