South African Weather Service-Meteorological Forecaster Trainer


The South African Weather Service (SAWS) is a Section 3(a) public entity under the Ministry of Environmental Affairs and is governed by a Board. The organisation is an authoritative voice for weather and climate related services in South Africa and is a member of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to fulfil a range of international obligations of the government. South African Weather Service (SAWS) strives to be a Weather and Climate Centre of Excellence providing innovative solutions to ensure a weather-smart region, sustainable development and economic growth. The South African Weather Service (SAWS) is therefore seeking to appoint an efficient and enthusiastic person to undertake the role of:

Meteorological Forecaster Trainer

Regional Training Centre

Salary Total Package: Negotiable

Ref: WS01/012020

Centre: Pretoria

Job Summary:

The position of Meteorological Forecaster Trainer is mainly responsible for delivering marine theory and practical forecaster competency WMO related training as well as other courses within the Post Graduate Certificate in Weather Forecasting of SAWS and to further develop and enhance the courses to the international marine competency requirements of WMO and the needs of internal and external stakeholders.

Key Performance Areas:

• Responsible for delivering and assisting in other courses within the Post Graduate Certificate in Weather Forecasting of SAWS and to further develop and enhance these courses for use within Public, Marine and Aviation Forecasting practical’s

• Design, develop and deliver online, face to face or blended learning courses to commercial clients

• Design, develop and deliver short courses and blended courses for the continuous training of personnel in Meteorology

• Give lectures and practical training to other students of the Regional Training Centre

• Transfer all courses of responsibility including commercial courses onto the Moodle distance learning platform for online training delivery and keep them updated

• Identify risks within RTC and needs for procurement, etc

• Responsible for linking of other external stakeholders, especially training institutions like Universities with the Regional Training Centre and the Regional Training Centre with internal stakeholders such as Marine Operations within SAWS

• Provide training for the BSc Honour’s (4th year training) to students in association with the University of Pretoria (UP) when required

• Actively partake in the continuous training/training needs of marine weather forecasters in South Africa, South African Development Community (SADC) region and beyond

• Receive and respond to meteorological enquiries

• Responsible for management of course administration of courses of own responsibility on the SAWS Moodle (course administration) platform

• Administrative duties, including training needs analysis, student and monthly training reports sent to the Qualification Manager: Forecasting. Knowledge of all Regional Training Centre and South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) regulations as well as WMO competency requirements for forecasters

• Stay abreast with the newest developments in the meteorological environment to be able to give effective training

• Perform scientific research in the field of interest, to become a specialist in a certain Meteorological field

• Act as research leader for students within the Post Graduate Certificate of Weather Forecasting

• Participate in Assessor and Moderator training and any other training required as per personal development plan

• Maintain the Total Quality Management platform of RTC with respect to courses of own responsibility and for other areas when instructed to do so

• Be actively involved in other research and international programmes because of the person’s expertise

• Represent the Regional Training Centre in the area of specialization on the activities of regional and International Meteorological bodies when instructed to do so

• As SAQA representative the incumbent shall try to keep abreast with the developments in SAQA and a relevant Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) and be actively involved with the SAQA/SETA process

• As a WMO recognised RTC, stay abreast with the latest developments in the field of forecasting such as marine competencies

Minimum Requirements:

• BSc Hons Degree in Meteorology (specializing in weather forecasting) or Atmospheric Sciences degree which is Basic Instruction Package for Meteorologist (BIP-M) compliant (WMO regulations) with weather forecasting related training.

• At least 4 years’ experience in meteorological forecasting practises

• 2 years of that in marine weather forecasting experience will be an added advantage

• Fluent in English

• Excellent knowledge and proficiency in weather observations will be an added advantage

Attributes and Competencies:

• Excellent interpersonal skills

• Good communications skills (written and verbal) at all levels within the business and with stakeholders

• Excellent Computer proficiency

• Excellent facilitation skills

• Excellent knowledge of meteorology

Please Note:

The successful candidate will need to acquire an MSc in Meteorology within a reasonable time to meet the University requirements.

Enquiries for the above-mentioned positions must be directed to:

Ms. Sethu Mjiwu, at Tel. (012) 367 6148

A comprehensive CV with copies of qualifications should be emailed (with the name of the position and relevant reference number in the subject line) to: recruitment3@weathersa.co.za

A SAQA evaluation report must accompany foreign qualifications. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Closing Date 30 January 2020.

Preference will be given People living with disabilities in line with SAWS EE targets Correspondence will be limited to short listed candidates only. Candidates who have not been contacted within 3 months after the closing date of this advertisement, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. The organisation reserves the right not to fill this position. South African Weather Service is an equal opportunity employer.

Record Reference HCM-ADVERT-Ref. WS02/012020

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