The MANILA OBSERVATORY is a Jesuit scientific research institution with research work in the fields of atmospheric and earth science in the Philippines and the Southeast Asian region. It advocates a science-based approach to sustainable development and poverty reduction through its principal focus on the areas of climate change and disaster science.

Project Title:  WCRP Academy Support Unit
Unit: Klima Center
The successful candidate will initially be contracted until March 2025, subject to renewal


The Manila Observatory is hosting the Support Unit of the WCRP Academy, the research training advisory and coordination arm of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). The primary function of the Support Unit is to provide overall support for the WCRP Academy in carrying out its mission of equipping current and future climate scientists with the knowledge, skills and attributes required to tackle the world’s most pressing and challenging climate research questions. Serving as a hub connecting training providers and users of training, the WCRP Academy website also features an online catalogue of high quality climate science training. We are seeking a talented website developer to maintain and enhance the WCRP Academy website (www.wcrp-academy.org), including its online catalogue of climate science training (www.wcrp-academy.org/catalogue).


Overall, the web developer will be responsible for creating modern and dynamic designs, optimizing user experience, and ensuring compliance with accessibility guidelines. Additionally, the web developer will be required to analyze website analytics and metrics to identify areas for improvement. Specifically, the web developer will:

  • Manage the content and design of the WCRP Academy website built on Joomla.
  • Create visually appealing and user-friendly designs that enhance the overall user experience.
  • Collaborate with the WCRP Academy Support Unit to ensure the website content is effectively presented.
  • Utilize Joomla’s event extension (jevents) to manage and showcase upcoming climate science training events on the online catalogue
  • Regularly analyze website analytics and metrics to track user engagement, traffic patterns, and conversion rates.
  • Identify areas for improvement based on website performance data and user feedback.
  • Work with the WCRP Secretariat (and web developers engaged by the Secretariat to maintain WCRP-hosted sites), to ensure security and maintenance of the website and to implement changes and updates to optimize website performance, usability, and accessibility.
  • Work with the WCRP Secretariat (and web developers engaged by the Secretariat to maintain WCRP-hosted sites) to carry out site integration with external services (calendar, social media, RSS, Google map, Google Analytics, Google data studio, Mailchimps, etc.)
  • Ensure the website complies with UN Accessibility Guidelines to maximize accessibility for all users: https://www.un.org/en/webaccessibility/
  • Stay updated on industry trends and best practices in web design, accessibility, and user experience.
  • Provide training and support to internal teams on website management and content updates as needed.
  • Perform all other functions as may be assigned by the Academy Support Unit Manager similar to, and related to the functions as enumerated above.


  • Proficiency in Joomla and Joomla’s event extension (jevents), as well as other associated tools, templates, modules, components, and plugins
  • Strong design skills with the ability to create modern and dynamic website layouts.
  • Experience in gathering and analyzing website analytics and metrics.
  • Familiarity with UN Accessibility Guidelines is desirable.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills.
  • Attention to detail and a commitment to delivering high-quality work.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks effectively.
  • Prior experience in educational or climate science-related projects is a plus.


All interested applicants must submit the following:

a) An Application Letter addressed to Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, SJ, Executive Director of the Manila Observatory

b) Curriculum Vitae

c) Portfolio of previous work

Please submit the required documents via e-mail to hr@observatory.ph, with “Applicant – Web Developer” as a subject. Deadline for the submission of applications is on 10 May 2024.