Co-ordinator of the CAMS National Collaboration Programme

Co-ordinator of the CAMS National Collaboration Programme

United Kingdom 10 Mar 2021


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1.  Position information

Vacancy No.: VN21-04

Department: Copernicus Department

Grade: A3

Service: Copernicus Joint Services

Job Ref. No.: STF-PL/21-04

Reports to: Head of Copernicus User Engagement Section

Publication Date: 4 February 2021

Closing Date: 10 March 2021

Location: Bonn, Germany

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

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

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

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

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:

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

5.  Personal attributes

6.  Qualifications and experience required



Knowledge and skills (including language)

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, 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

To contact the ECMWF Recruitment Team, please email

Please refer to the ECMWF Privacy Statement. For details of how we will handle your personal data for this purpose, see:

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, and all EU Member States:

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.

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