[Grammar] Articles usage - (the) chief of staff

StanislavR

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A clause from the NY Times note :

“Enough already!” Leonid M. Volkov, chief of staff for the anti-corruption campaigner and opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny, wrote in a recent anguished post on Facebook.

Why there is no article before the "chief" word although it is a countable noun?
 
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A new portion of ambiguous usage of articles:

The NY Times again:

A changing climate has long haunted Peru.
Why 'A'? 'Climate' is an uncountable noun. Is it a mistake to tell just "Changing climate has long haunted Peru" ?
 

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A new [STRIKE]portion[/STRIKE] example of ambiguous usage of articles:

The NY Times again:

A changing climate has long haunted Peru.
Why 'A'? 'Climate' is an uncountable noun. Is it a mistake to [STRIKE]tell[/STRIKE] just say "Changing climate has long haunted Peru"? (No space before the question mark.)
See above.
 

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Is it a mistake to tell just "Changing climate has long haunted Peru" ?

I wouldn't use it. It would work for me with the definite article, though this would slightly change the meaning.
 
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