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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.


Giga Senior Country Engagement Coordinator 


Vacancy notice no: 921 
Sector: BDT
Country of contract: Remote
Duty station: Home Based


Position number: [[positionNumber]] 
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Type of contract: Consultant
Duration of contract: 6 months
Recruitment open to: External
Application deadline (Midnight Geneva Time): 6 December 2022




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 consultant will carry out the following tasks:
•    Lead, in coordination with the Giga Regional Lead focal points, the development of country project plans and budgets.
•    Coordinate the work of the team and ensure the delivery of project outputs according to planned scope, quality, cost, and time objectives.
•    Build partnerships with governments (regulators and ICT ministries) and other stakeholders to advocate for and acquire telecommunications infrastructure and policy data, ensuring that appropriate uses and restrictions are agreed upon and applied.
•    Coordinate and carry out research in the evaluation of emerging policy and regulatory approaches and tools, and how they can be incorporated into Giga, considering ITU Policy and Regulatory tools, as well as other ITU recommendations and guidelines, employing or customizing them for Giga as required.
•    Coordinate meetings related to infrastructure and policy and regulatory analysis, best practices for school connectivity, technology development and other related topics.
•    Interface and represent Giga with other ongoing ITU relevant activities as needed.
•    Coordinate country-level policy and regulatory analysis in Giga countries.
•    Oversee the development of technology products related to infrastructure and policy analysis and planning for school connectivity.
•    Coordinate and work closely with ITU FNS and RME Divisions to provide feedback for product development and improvement (including infrastructure maps, analysis, Business planning and last mile connectivity.


•    Database of country infrastructure and policy data related to school connectivity.
•    Infrastructure analysis, maps, and cost models.
•    Infrastructure data collection working with governments and advocation for data sharing best practices.
•    Policy and regulation analysis, recommendations, and capacity development.
•    Research outputs regarding policy and regulation best practices for school connectivity.
•    Methodology for policy and regulatory analysis and planning for school connectivity.
•    Market analysis.
•    Planning and delivery of meetings related to Giga.
•    Project plans, budgets, lessons learned, and progress reports.
•    Strong working relationships with Giga team members and with ITU, UNICEF, Government and other Giga partners and stakeholders.


Advanced knowledge of telecommunication network architectures., advanced knowledge of telecommunications policies and regulations, including universal service provision, operation licensing, spectrum licensing, quality of service (QoS) standards, price regulation, monitoring and enforcement, interconnection and more. Knowledge of policy and regulatory innovations and emerging ideas. Proficiency in use of data analysis and business intelligence software (e.g. Excel, Tableau). 



Education: A first university degree in telecommunications or computer science 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. An advanced degree or a doctorate would be an asset.


Experience: Between five and ten years of progressively responsible experience in the field including at least three at the international level. Experience within or coordinating with government bodies on ICT. 


Languages: Spoken and written English at advanced level.


Between 340 and 430 USD depending on the experience.


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. 

In 2019, ITU-BDT partnered with UNICEF, the UN agency with a specific focus on children and young people, to launch the "Giga", a unique global initiative that aims to connect every school to the Internet and every young person to information, opportunity and choice ( Giga is active in 19 countries and has connected over 5,300 schools in Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, and Latin America & the Caribbean, providing online access to two million students and teachers. Key activities in these countries include using AI and satellite imagery to map school locations, using blockchain technology to monitor real-time connectivity status, using infrastructure and policy data to inform connectivity choices, and bringing all these elements together to design sustainable business models for connecting schools.
Under the supervision of the Chief, Special Initiatives and in close coordination with the ITU Giga Project Manager and the Head of the Future Networks and Spectrum Management (FNS) Division and Regulatory & Market Environment Division in Geneva, and in close collaboration with the rest of the Giga team, other relevant thematic priority teams, and the ITU Regional Representatives, the Giga Senior Country Engagement Coordinator, will have accountability for the delivery of ITU products within the broader implementation of the Giga methodology in Giga partner countries. These products include infrastructure analysis, maps, and cost models; last mile connectivity options analysis; policy and regulation analysis, recommendations, and capacity development; and market analysis. The incumbent will be responsible for recruiting and managing consultants and/or service providers who will assist with the delivery of these products. The incumbent will also be part of the Giga Leadership Team and will be expected to represent Giga and ITU with partners, governments, and at external fora.


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.

ITU applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. ITU is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization. Achieving gender balance is a high priority for ITU.