Mountain Research Initiative, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland.

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Initiative, the Global Network for Observations and Information in Mountain Environments (GEO-GNOME), aims at connecting GEO Members, Flagships, Initiatives and Community Activities with links to Earth Observations (EO) (in-situ, remote sensing) in mountain regions, as well as relevant research institutions, projects and mountain observation networks to facilitate and coordinate access to environmental and social-ecological data and information on global change in mountains.

GEO-GNOME is jointly coordinated and co-led by the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) and the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, National Research Council of Italy (ISAC-CNR), and receives financial contribution from the Swiss Development Agency and Cooperation (SDC), with other in-kind contributions and support from MRI, ISAC-CNR, the GEO Secretariat and GEO-GNOME contributors and participants.

Job Description

The GEO-GNOME Project Officer works closely with the co-leads to implement the 2020-2022 GEO-GNOME implementation plan, with a vision and innovative spirit that promotes collaboration and community development in the domain of EO data and information on global change in mountains. The role is a 60-80% FTE position based at the MRI Coordination Office at the University of Bern, under a fixed-term contract (up to 3 years and renewable, dependent on funding), and subject to the regulations of the Civil Service of the Canton of Bern. The position will be available from 1 February 2020. Other start dates can be negotiated.


    • Execute GEO-GNOME’s 2020-2022 implementation plan, with significant technical and scientific input that supports the development of mountain observations; whilst supporting a coherent and interactive community of data and information providers and users, including virtual and face-to-face consultations and preparation and facilitation of workshops;
    • Monitor and identify opportunities for promoting and implementing GEO-GNOME’s vision, coordinating with the GEOGNOME co-leads in maintaining appropriate relationships with relevant national, regional and global research programs and institutions, as well as monitor for funding opportunities and support in the drafting of funding proposals as necessary;
    • Support MRI’s activities in its role as GEO Participating Organization and on mountain observationsmore generally, liaising closely with the MRI Coordination Office and relevant MRI Working Groups (WG), such as the Elevation Dependent Warming WG and the Mountain Observations WG; supporting MRI’s advocacy efforts for the mountain observations research and practitioner communities in relevant fora and policy arenas; and
    • Manage and maintain relevant content, databases, inventories and catalogues of data providers, their data and information for the GEO-GNOME GEO Knowledge Hub and GEOSS portals, and support the GEO-GNOME co-leads in outreach and communications efforts by sourcing and drafting content for news bulletins, policy briefs, presentations, websites, and social media, thereby enhancing the visibility of mountains within organizations and events.


    • Masters qualification with scientific track record in relevant disciplines such as Earth sciences, and at least three or more years of experience implementing projects in technical and/or scientific fields of application;
    • Experience and skills in managing meta-data and data management systems, analyses, and reporting. Knowledge of GIS, and familiarity with data visualisation techniques is desirable;
    • Familiarity with the mountain EO scientific community, relevant policy processes and advocacy efforts, funding landscape, and related programmes and institutions; with network of relevant contacts;
    • Excellent intercultural communication, interpersonal and presentation skills; and
    • Spoken and written proficiency in English is required, proficiency in German and/or French is an advantage.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit a full CV, a letter of intent, and a reference letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please send all documents in one pdf file only. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend an interview on Thursday 28 or Friday 29 of November 2019 in Bern.

Deadline 21 November 2019.

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