Specialist in atmospheric surveillance and agrometeorological forecasting, San Salvador, El Salvador At Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO )


Specialist in atmospheric surveillance and agrometeorological forecast

Job advertisement : Jul 31, 2023

Publication cancellation date : Aug 14, 2023, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: FLELS

Job type : Temporary work

Requirement Type: NPP ( National Project Personnel )

Grade Level: N / A

Main location : El Salvador-San Salvador

Duration: 6 months

Position Number: N / A

FAO seeks to ensure gender, geographic and linguistic diversity among its staff and its international consultants, in order to serve the Member States of the Organization in the best possible way in all regions.

  •  FAO is committed to achieving diversity in its workforce in terms of sex, nationality, origin and culture.
  •  Women, nationals of under-represented or under-represented Member States and persons with disabilities with the necessary qualifications are encouraged to submit their applications.
  •  All persons working for FAO must comply with the highest standards of professional integrity and conduct and uphold FAO’s values.
  •  FAO, as a specialized agency of the United Nations, applies a zero tolerance policy for conduct incompatible with its statute, objectives and mandate, in particular sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.
  •  All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
  •  All requests will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

Organizational framework

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO ) contributes to the achievement of Agenda 2030 through the FAO Strategic Framework supporting transformation towards agri-food systems MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life, without leaving anyone behind.

Hierarchical dependency

The specialist in atmospheric surveillance and agrometeorological forecasting will be under the general supervision of the Assistant Representative Programs ( AFAORP ) of FAO El Salvador, and the technical supervision of the coordination of the RECLIMA project and the Directorate of the Observatory of Threats and Natural Resources ( DOA ) of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources ( MARN ).

Field of specialization

Atmospheric surveillance and agrometeorological forecast; survey, analysis and systematization of information.

Tasks and responsibilities

  •  Verification of sensors of meteorological stations in the Municipality of San Miguel.
  •  Support to validate the climatological observations made in meteorological stations in the Municipality of San Miguel, Gotera, Perquín, Santiago de Maria and La Unión.
  •  Jointly analyze satellite spatial information with DOA-MARN technical personnel
  •  Numerical modeling analysis with emphasis on the dry corridor area east area for the forecast of rain and wind.
  •  Participate in daily virtual meetings for the technical discussion of atmospheric conditions from DOA-MARN to generate forecasts.
  •  Collaborate in the daily analysis of the meteorological parameters registered in the meteorological stations that are in the project areas for the generation of farmer understanding bulletins.
  •  Prepare agrometeorological forecasts every 10 days that include wind, extreme temperatures and precipitation.
  •  Comparison of conventional, automatic station data and generation of statistics from existing records.
  •  Weather data rescue
  •  Support for meteorological observations
  •  Generation of modeling of water requirements of crops for basic grains
  •  Provide support to other tasks required under FAO El Salvador’s multitask approach.


Minimum requirements

  •  University degree in Meteorology, degree in Physics, Geophysics, Environmental Sciences, Agronomic Engineering, or related areas.
  •  5 years of relevant experience in the development of agroclimatic forecasts, collection, verification and analysis of information from the current information systems available at the national level.
  •  Spanish language proficiency ( C level ) and limited knowledge of the English language ( A level ).
  •  National of El Salvador or resident with work permit.

FAO core competencies

  •  Results-based approach
  •  Teamwork
  •  Communication
  •  Building effective relationships
  •  Knowledge exchange and continuous improvement.

Technical / functional skills

  •  Demonstrated ability ( through publications in Spanish ) to produce analyzes of agroclimatic information;
  •  Verifiable knowledge of survey, verification, analysis of forecasts for decision-making of small producers;
  •  Skills to function in various contexts ( urban, rural, multicultural, etc. );
  •  Advanced computer management in MS Windows environment and MS Office platform;
  •  Writing skills;
  •  Availability to travel nationally.


  •  FAO does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process ( application, interview, processing ).
  •  Incomplete applications will not be taken into account. If you need help or have questions, contact: Careers@fao.org
  •  Applications received after the expiration of the application deadline will not be accepted.
  •  We inform you that FAO will only consider academic degrees or credentials obtained from a teaching institution included in the World Database on Higher Education, which is a list maintained by the International Association of Universities ( IAU ) / UNESCO. The list can be consulted at: www.whed.net/
  •  For any other questions visit the FAO website on employment: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/es/ .

It is noted that all candidates should adhere to the Organization’s values of commitment to FAO, respect for all and integrity and transparency.


  •  If you want to apply, go to the FAO Recruitment Website ( Employment in FAO ) and complete your online profile.
  •  Incomplete applications will not be taken into account. Only applications received through the contracting portal will be considered.
  •  We advise candidates to submit their application sufficiently in advance of the expiration of the term.
  •  If you need help, contact: Careers@fao.org.



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