The Senior Scientific Officer (SSO) is responsible for collaboration with technical departments at the WMO Secretariat to build the capacity in Numerical Prediction (NWP) in Africa and enhance the access and use of NWP outputs and climate products from Global Producing Centres (GPCs) and Regional NWP Centres by National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in Developing and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to improve forecast skills at the National level – and also facilitate enhanced delivery of real time weather observations from NMHSs in Developing and LDCs to GPCs to improve the quality of global forecasts. The SSO is further responsible for outreach to Research Communities in Developing Countries and LDCs in Africa to ensure their full participation in the work of WMO and the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In order to fulfill this task, the SSO will represent the interests of research communities and programmes in LDCs within WMO and IPCC and with relevant governmental and non-governmental international organizations, academic and research agencies, including Climate Research for Development (CR4D) in Africa initiative, foundations in all fields of geosciences, as well as meteorology, climatology and atmospheric sciences, plus hydrology, oceanography, social and economic sciences.