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Giga Product Manager

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Contract type: Consultancy

Duration: 12 months

Application deadline: 21 April 2024, at 11.55 pm CET

Link to apply via UNICEF Portal

Summary

We are seeking an experienced, talented, passionate Product Manager to join Giga, an initiative to connect every school in the world to the Internet and every young person to information, opportunity and choice. The Product Manager will be responsible for product planning, process, policies, initiatives and execution all through the lifecycle of the product and will work with a multidisciplinary team to drive the development and go-to-market strategies of a diverse range of cutting-edge products that will help us achieve the ambitious goal of connecting every school, and every community to the Internet.

Your responsibilities will be…
  • Work on finding the market fit of existing product prototypes like the school price calculator or ML school validation app, and accordingly, work with the tech team and external vendors to drive the roadmap and implementation of the next phase of these products.
  • Work closely with the Mapping Product Lead to drive product development and market & community engagement of our flagship school & connectivity mapping platform.
  • Build figma or no-code prototypes to explore and secure a proof of concept for new product ideas or features.
  • Coordinate the work of vendors and other tech partners that are supporting us to build the products.
  • Work with a team of engineers, designers, data scientists and researchers to define, design and build features, and with partnerships and country/user engagement teams to validate the product features and build their growth plan.
  • Be responsible for the products’ planning, process, policies, initiatives and execution through the lifecycle of the product. Manage Agile processes and sprint planning.
  • Analyze the impact of these products and user adoption & satisfaction by defining and tracking key metrics and analytics.
  • Create relevant documents and communication materials and communicate quantifiable impact of the work to internal and external audiences.

Please access the full Term of Reference (ToRs) and read a more detailed description of the assignment in this file in order to prepare your financial proposal and know more about the role: Giga Product Manager ToRs.pdf

To qualify for this position, you will have…
  • A Master’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering or a related field is essential for this role. *An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline combined with an additional 2 years of professional experience may substitute the Master’s degree.
  • A minimum of 5 years relevant professional experience in building and shipping technical products.
  • Experience in building quick prototypes with figma and no-code tools like webflow.
  • Experience in creating product roadmaps and defining product market fit and go-to-market strategies.
  • Experience working with a multidisciplinary team of designers, engineers, data researchers.
  • Experience working in an agile software development environment.
  • Knowledge of project management tools like Jira, Asana, Trello.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge and experience with building data apps using frameworks like Streamlit is considered an asset.
  • Work experience in developing countries and/or familiarity with emergencies is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.
Travel
  • The consultant is expected to travel to Geneva one time (1 trip), for a stay of 4-5 nights.
  • The consultant is responsible for arranging his/her own travel, including visa and travel insurance.
Payment details and further considerations
  • Payment of professional fees will be based on the submission of agreed deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.
  • Consultant is responsible for his/her own health and travel insurance.
  • Consultant is responsible for arranging his/her own travel, including visa.
  • This consultancy is based in Geneva.
How to apply:
  • Interested applicants are required to submit a financial proposal with an all-inclusive fee. Please see the financial proposal template here: Consultancy Financial Offer template.docx
  • Financial proposal must include travel costs (economy class) and daily subsistence allowance, if travel is required as per TOR and any other estimated costs: visa, travel/health insurance
  • Applications without a financial proposal will not be considered.
About our team

We are a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary team of software engineers, finance specialists, data scientists, policy experts, and much more. Our team is a distributed workforce and plans to remain distributed into the foreseeable future. We are growing fast. Our team has grown by over 400% in the last 6 months as we rapidly scale to meet our stated mission.

About Giga

Giga is a joint initiative of UNICEF and ITU to connect every school in the world to the Internet by 2030. Working with corporate and non-profit partners, Giga maps schools’ Internet access in real time, creates models for innovative financing, and supports governments contracting for connectivity. It is part of ITU’s Partner2 Connect Coalition, UNICEF’s Reimagine Education initiative, and the UN Secretary General’s Common Agenda and Roadmap for Digital Cooperation 

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About UNICEF

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. And we never give up. 

UNICEF has a 70-year history of innovating for children. We believe that new approaches, partnerships and technologies that support realizing children’s rights are critical to improving their lives. 

About ITU

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), driving innovation in ICTs together with 193 Member States and a membership of over 900 companies, universities, and international and regional organizations.