The WMO recruits talented staff with diverse and rich backgrounds, experience and expertise. Recruitment of staff at the Professional level and above is international, and at the General Service level local. The Organization offers attractive benefits and remuneration to all staff.

In order to be considered a candidate for any post in WMO, applicants must apply through the e-recruitment system. This can be done by completing a profile at https://erecruit.wmo.int/public/. Applications are screened based on the information in your e-recruitment profile, which must be shared with WMO if you have previously registered with another organization. Before applying to a WMO post, we strongly encourage you to review your profile to ensure completeness. Applications must be received before midnight Geneva time on the closing date of the vacancy notice.


The WMO Internship programme targets young, talented students and graduates willing to gain practical experience in a field relevant to the Organization through their involvement in daily working activities in weather, climate and water-related issues and/or in public international administration. The Internship programme, through agreements, also targets academic institutions and universities operating in areas relevant to WMO activities and programmes, thus strengthening the cooperation with active climate-related policy-makers and keeping abreast of the current concepts, theories and tools developed on climate-related issues. The internships aim to provide:

  • a framework by which interns from diverse academic backgrounds are given the opportunity to acquire experience and first-hand knowledge of WMO work and organizational exposure, to enhance their educational experience through practical work assignments
  • WMO with the assistance of qualified students specialized in various professional fields.

Paid internships are advertised on our website https://erecruit.wmo.int/public/ 

In general, the aim of the Internship programme is to attract and give equal opportunities to all talented students and graduates who:
  • Have specific interest in, or whose studies have covered, areas relevant to WMO programmes and activities
  • Are holding a scholarship for internship placements in international organizations and/or for whom internship is required to complete their studies or
  • Are sponsored by governmental/non-governmental entities and/or academic institutions to work in specific areas relevant to both WMO and the sponsor or
  • Are either students approaching the end of their studies and preparing a thesis, or recently graduated and are between the age of 21 and 35 years, who have less than two years of relevant working experience

Applicants for internships can be of any nationality. Continuing attention will be given by Human Resources to ensure that the Internship Programme is open and accessible to candidates from developing as well as developed countries in order to improve geographical balance and to ensure that participation in the internship Programme is gender balanced.

An intern should not be a close relative of a WMO staff member, although close relatives may be allowed to undertake internships in situations where this would be in accordance with WMO policy on Close Relatives in the Workplace.9

Interns should be able to adapt to an international, multicultural, multilingual environment, have good communication skills and be able to work effectively within a team. Applicants should have a working knowledge (both oral and written) of English and preferably also of another WMO working and official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish). Language requirements for interns interested in translation and publishing may differ depending on the first language of the intern. For LCP interns remote internship may be foreseen to train future translators and other language professionals by coaching them through a series of remotely managed activities, remote translation exercises and remote feedback sessions following the example of other United Nations organizations.
Interns are expected to have knowledge and experience in information technology (e.g. MS Office applications).

Junior Professional Officers

The WMO Secretariat recruits Junior Professional Officers (JPOs) under bilateral agreements between the Secretariat and donor WMO Member States and Territories. JPOs are generally nationals of a donor Member State or Territory of WMO, however, some donors also finance nationals of developing countries. Candidates are young professionals, usually with an advanced university degree and minimum two years of professional experience. JPO positions are generally on P2 level, Step 1.

The number of sponsored positions varies from year to year and by donor. Initially JPOs are granted a one-year appointment which may be extended, with the agreement of the donor, and on the basis of good performance. There is no expectation of being selected for a regular staff position; JPOs may apply for such positions as any other external candidate and go through the regular competitive selection process.

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The Human Resources Division manages the JPO Programme for the WMO Secretariat.

The main objective of the JPO Programme is to provide young professionals with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field of multilateral international cooperation through a learning experience under the supervision of specialists, and to contribute to the advancement and furtherance of their organization’s mandate, particularly with regard to the Sustainable Development Goals / 2030 Agenda.

The overall goal of the JPO Programme is to enhance the development and capacity development work of the WMO and the United Nations common system.