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Expressions of Interest invited to serve on Met Éireann's Advisory Committee
04 April 2017

The Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Mr Simon Coveney T.D. is to establish an Advisory Committee for Met Éireann to assist in its strategic development. Met Éireann, Ireland's National Meteorological Service, is a line division of the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.

The Minister invites interested parties to put forward appropriately qualified nominees for consideration to serve on the Met Éireann Advisory Committee. Given the complex scientific and technological nature of Met Eireann's work, the Advisory Committee will requires members with professional expertise in the areas of Meteorological Science, Technology, Research, Climate, Digital Media (including social media) and Organisation/Management. It is important that the Committee is appropriately gender balanced and also has representation from the younger demographic given the changing nature of how weather information is being accessed.  

The proposed terms of reference for the Advisory Committee are shown below. It is envisaged that the committee will meet three times a year, and more frequently if required. Committee members would receive travel and subsistence at civil service rates for attendance at meetings.

Names of nominees and their respective areas of expertise should be submitted using the template attached to Met Éireann ( advisory@met.ie)  by midday on Wednesday 19th April 2017.
Please note that submissions may be subject to release under the Freedom of Information Act.

Final selection shall be a matter for the Minister, taking account of need for the Met Éireann Advisory Committee to have the best range of expertise to deliver on its terms of reference.

Proposed Terms of Reference

Met Éireann Advisory Committee

  1. The role of the Advisory Committee is to provide advice on the strategic development of Met Éireann, Ireland's National Meteorological Service. The Advisory Committee will advise the Director regarding Met Éireann's long-term strategy for achieving its mission in accordance with (1) its policy remit as determined by the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government and (2) its role both within the framework of the European Meteorological Infrastructure and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), specifically as regards the key goals of observing, understanding and predicting weather and climate, and providing meteorological and climate services to support economic, social and environmental wellbeing.
  2. The Advisory Committee will in particular provide strategic guidance in relation to
    1. The quality and relevance of Met Éireann's scientific and operational programmes
    2. The extent of Met Éireann's engagement in collaborative initiatives to strengthen scientific capability and improve operational performance
    3. Met Éireann's effectiveness in the use of technology to achieve greater efficiency and deliver excellent customer service
    4. Met Éireann's long range strategy for achieving its key goals and for responding to technological change internationally in the operation of national meteorological services, particularly the communication of authoritative meteorological information to society.
  3. It is envisaged that the committee will meet three times a year, and more frequently if required.
  4. A Met Éireann staff member will provide the Secretariat to the Committee and will prepare draft meeting minutes for agreement at the subsequent meeting. Meeting papers will generally be submitted to Committee members no later than two weeks prior to the meeting date.

Download the Nominees Template - Met Éireann Advisory Committee (15.29 KB)

 
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