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Associate Programme Officer 


Vacancy notice no: 1555 
Sector: BDT
Department: DDR
Country of contract: Russian Federation
Duty station: Moscow


Position number: TD29R/P2/379 
Grade: P2 
Type of contract: Fixed-term
Duration of contract: 2 years with possibility of renewal
Recruitment open to: External
Application deadline (Midnight Geneva Time): 10 June 2024




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 office of the Deputy to the Director and Field Operations Coordination Department is responsible for advising and supporting the Director on the direction and management of the Bureau. It is also responsible for leading all matters related to personnel, strategic, financial and operational planning and reporting processes. The department oversees the work of the Regional Offices, ensuring proper delegation of authority and accountability of the Regional Offices. This department coordinates the holding of BDT conferences and events, monitors the implementation of decisions emanating from the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC), the Telecommunication Development Advisory Group (TDAG) or Council, and cooperates closely with the other Sectors of the Union and the General Secretariat on matters of relevance to BDT and the overall work of the Union. BDT Regional Directors report to this department.


Under the supervision of the Regional Director for the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), within the Field Operations Coordination Department, the incumbent performs the following duties:

  • Participates actively in the management of programmes and projects by providing support to Project Managers and the Regional Director towards the implementation of global, regional, sub-regional and national projects; takes stock of needs, analyses progress and prepares reports; guides and orients the contributions of consultants, project personnel, donors, institutions, and governments towards the achievement of project objectives.
  • Contributes to the identification, definition, and establishment of cooperation opportunities for the region through programmes and projects towards the achievement of Regional Priorities. Prepares programme and project proposals that fulfil the needs of the countries in the region and concept notes as required.
  • Conducts research on local, national, and regional issues relating to the development of the ICT sector and digital development across sectors in the region. Prepares presentations, reports, briefs, papers, and background information that contribute to the identification of extra budgetary funds for programmes and projects, as well as partnership opportunities.
  • Attends meetings, conferences, or events; prepares presentations on topics related to ITU activities in the region, and drafts speeches and contributions to support technical discussions.
  • Collaborates with the ITU Thematic Priorities (TP) and services at the Headquarters to assist offices in the region by providing instructions on administrative operations, monitoring processes and procedures for the implementation of projects, recruitment of experts, procurement services and event organization.
  • Contributes to the preparation of reports related to the Operational Plan (OP) in the region, in coordination with colleagues and senior staff, and assists with follow-up of implementation levels of activities. Provides support to the Regional Director for the alignment of the OP budget with project activities, regional priorities and relevant BDT/ITU initiatives.
  • Participates in the implementation of projects, activities and initiatives related to BDT priorities within the region.
  • Implements the decisions/recommendations of World and Regional Development Conferences; works in close cooperation with colleagues across the Organization on work that pertains to the region.
  • Provides administrative support to the Regional Office including activities related to budget funding and procurements, program/ project financial statements, petty cash, shopping chart, inventory, and event logistics.
  • Performs any 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
Innovation and Facilitating Change
Planning and Organising


  • Knowledge of technology and Software.
  • Ability to work in a vibrant multicultural environment.
  • Knowledge and practical skills in drafting concept notes, meeting notes and reports, event management, communication, including social media.
  • Ability to organize and set plans with concrete deadlines. 




University degree in Business Administration, Telecommunications, Economics or Social Sciences  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. Post graduate education in related fields such as project management, communication, development study will be an added advantage.



At least three years of progressively responsible experience in the field of the post. An advanced degree in a related field can be considered as a substitute for one year of working experience. A doctorate in a related field 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 $ 50,377 + post adjustment $ 17,330

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.

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.