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ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technologies, with the mission to connect the world. To achieve this, ITU manages the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits at the international level, works to improve communication infrastructure in the developing world, and establishes global standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communication systems. ITU also organizes global Telecom events bringing together the most influential representatives of government and the private sector to exchange ideas and knowledge for the benefit of all.


Climate Change Officer 


Vacancy notice no: 1027 
Sector: BDT
Department: DNS
Country of contract: Switzerland
Duty station: Geneva


Position number: PROJ-5062 
Grade: P2 
Type of contract: Project
Duration of contract: 12 months
Recruitment open to: External
Application deadline (Midnight Geneva Time): 15 February 2023




The Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) is responsible for the organization and coordination of the work of the Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) of the Union which deals mainly with ICT-focused development policies, strategies and programmes, as well as technical cooperation activities, to promote digital inclusion and drive digital transformation at community, country and regional levels. To effectively and efficiently serve the needs of ITU members, BDT is organized into four functional areas:

  • Office of the Deputy to the Director and Field Operations Coordination Department
  • Partnerships for Digital Development Department
  • Digital Networks & Society Department
  • Digital Knowledge Hub Department

The Digital Networks & Society Department is responsible for BDT activities in the areas of spectrum management, network development, cybersecurity and emergency telecommunications. This department is also responsible for supporting ITU Member States in their transition to digital societies by providing tools and guidelines to address environmental challenges (in particular, climate change and e-waste), and for promoting innovation, ICT applications/services, digital inclusion and ecosystems, with the ultimate goal to 'leave no one behind'.


Under the supervision of the Head of the Environment and Emergency Telecommunications Division, the incumbent will support the Head in the coordination of the Bureau’s thematic priority on “Climate change, environment and emergency telecommunications”, to this end the incumbent will perform the following duties: 

  • Review ITU’s work on the environment and emergency telecommunications and, taking into account trends related to emerging trends, identify new opportunities to shape ITU’s work on climate change, the environment, and emergency telecommunications to increase ITU’s support to Member States. This includes liaising with Regional and Area offices, and the other sectors of the Union, and in particular TSB and its Study Group 5, to coordinate work and identify opportunities for joint initiatives and partnerships.
  • Contribute to the ITU’s work on the UN “Early Warning for All Initiative”, where ITU leads on the pillar on Warning Communication and Dissemination.
  • Contribute to and ensure the successful preparation of the ITU’s flagship report the Global E-waste Monitor, co-produced with UN Partners and under the Global E-Waste Statistics Partnership, including research and draft contributions of chapters.
  • Support the ITU’s work and involvement in the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership (GESP) and e-waste related trainings and technical assistance to Member States.
  • Carry out research on monitoring greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the world’s largest tech companies and contribute to the review and launch of the Greening Digital Companies Report.
  • Contribute to the creation and visualization of a global database to monitor ICT sector GHG emissions from countries across the world, including collaboration with TSB and other relevant BDT thematic priorities.
  • Explore collaboration opportunities with UNEP and other key partners to conduct research and develop policy tools and resources to support greening of the ICT sector and climate resilient ICT infrastructure and participate in the Coalition for Digital Environmental Sustainability (CODES).
  • Support the Division in youth engagement activities linked to Emergency Telecommunications, the Environment and Climate Change.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned. 




Applying Expertise; Effective Communication; Learning and Knowledge Sharing; Organizational Commitment; Results-Focused, and; Teamwork and Collaboration.


Analysis, Judgement and Decision Making
Client and Service Orientation
Planning and Organising


Proven English drafting skills. Sound understanding of the impacts of climate change and waste management and the challenges arising from these in the context of emergency telecommunications. 
Strong familiarity with the work of the UN system and other international organisations. 
Knowledge of international environmental and sustainable development institutions, and intergovernmental processes around climate change, including the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.



University degree in the areas of global environmental governance, climate change, emergency telecommunication, statistics or sciences and sustainable development or environmental studies, or a related field OR education from a reputed college of advanced education, with a diploma of equivalent standard to that of a university degree in one of the fields above.



At least three years of progressively responsible experience in the field of the work and of conducting research in the areas of climate change, emergency telecommunication and waste management, working directly with countries to implement projects of this nature. Experience working directly with stakeholders from local and national government. An advanced degree in a related field can be considered as a substitute for one year of working experience. A doctorate in related fields can be considered as a substitute for two years of working experience.  


Knowledge of one of the six official languages of the Union (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish) at advanced level and knowledge of a second official language at intermediate level. Knowledge of a third official language would be an advantage. (Under the provisions of Resolution No. 626 of the Council, a relaxation of the language requirements may be authorized in the case of candidates from developing countries: when candidates from such countries possess a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the Union, their applications may be taken into consideration.)


Total annual salary consists of a net annual salary (net of taxes and before medical insurance and pension fund deductions) in US dollars and a post adjustment (PA) (cost of living allowance). The PA is variable and subject to change without notice in accordance with the rates as set within the UN Common System for salaries and allowances.

Annual salary from $ 47,895 + post adjustment $ 37,645

Other allowances and benefits subject to specific terms of appointment, please refer to



Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the ITU Careers website. The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. ITU uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates. Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided. Messages originating from a non ITU e-mail account - - should be disregarded. ITU does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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