Internal Position No.: 
41 of 2022

Role Summary

The successful applicant will provide timely, evidence based weather forecasts, analysis and research to support effective decision making for stakeholders and the general public.

Main Responsibilities

  1. Observe and interpret data from the land, sea and upper atmosphere.
  2. Provide relevant stakeholders with current, timely and relevant weather forecasts and information for informed decision making.
  3. Analyse data to provide long and short range weather predictions.
  4. Prepare visual aids and maps and deliver forecasts to identified stakeholders including the media.
  5. Conduct research and predictions on climate change.
  6. Provide research papers, reports, reviews and summaries as necessary.
  7. Remain up to date with relevant scientific and technical developments to guide decisions.
  8. Maintain the local weather station network and database.
  9. Analyse all collected data to ensure that the correct parameters are being recorded.
  10.  Record and analyse data from local weather stations, worldwide satellites, radars and remote sensors.
  11. Perform any other duties as required by the supervisor or senior officer in order to contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of the department.

EMERGENCY FUNCTIONS:

The officer, under the direction of the NEOC Director, is responsible for monitoring weather events and proving forecasting guidance for effective decision making. Upon activation of the NEOC, the officer will:

General Responsibilities

1. Establish and manage a weather monitoring system and messaging centre.

2. Ensure the NEOC receives and disseminates warnings to regions and zones as directed by the NEOC Director or another assigned officer.

3. Provide recommendations to the NEOC director for the activations of relevant early warning systems.

Alert Phase

1. Ensure that the Met systems are regularly maintained and tested.

2. Create and maintain weather monitoring emergency logs.

3. Prepare briefing reports on threatened hazard alerts to support early decision making.

4. Liaise with regional and international counterparts to acquire information on real time conditions.

5. Ensure that accurate and timely information is disseminated to the public.

Response Phase

1. Ensure accurate forecasts and weather information are disseminated in a timely manner for decision-making.

2. Ensure that the operations group is updated with current information.

3. Maintain a database of all forecasts and weather data disseminated.

4. Ensure that backup weather instrumentation is available for quick deployment in the event of failure.

5. Report any malfunctioning weather instrumentation to the Director/Incident Commander.

Recovery Phase

1. Prepare reports for inclusion in Damage Assessment, Preliminary Impact Assessment and or After Action Reports.

2. Collect all data and assess equipment to determine functionality.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Physics and Physical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Meteorology, Physical Geography,
  • Ocean Sciences or other related field
  • Meteorological Forecaster qualification
  • Four (4) years working experience in forecasting and presenting weathercasts
  • Sound knowledge of Government structure, policies and procedures
  • Excellent knowledge of the Incident Command System
  • Excellent knowledge of disaster management techniques and systems
  • Excellent knowledge of Disaster Management Act and Emergency Powers Act
  • Excellent knowledge of relevant laws, regulations, policies and procedures
  • Sound knowledge of the use of standard office equipment and relevant computer applications
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Ability to respond effectively in emergency situations
  • Ability to make administrative / procedural decisions and judgments
  • Strong organisational and coordination skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent analytical and decision making skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure
Closing Date: 
Tuesday, 10 May 2022
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