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Giga Programme Manager

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Contract type: Fixed-term appointment

Duration: 12 months with possibility of renewal subject to project funding

Level/grade: P5

Application deadline: 8 January 2024, Midnight Geneva Time

Link to apply via ITU Portal

Duties and responsibilities

The post is under the supervision of the Senior Advisor, Strategic Engagement and Initiatives and Giga ITU Lead (hereafter called “Senior Advisor”), in the Office of the Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General (SGO). The role of the position is to lead the overall day to day General Secretariat activities of the Giga initiative. The incumbent of the position presents and defends result of the Giga General Secretariat team’s work and, in close collaboration with the Giga BDT team, takes ultimate responsibility for the outcome. 

  • Lead the ITU General Secretariat Giga team including, in close collaboration with the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), overseeing the overall Giga project implementation, monitoring, staffing, provision of technical support, preparation of reports and administrative tasks.
  • Lead the substantive development and execution of the ITU Giga Switzerland Programme including overseeing the project, formulation of strategies, implementation, monitoring, provision of technical support, preparation of reports and administrative tasks. Specifically ensure that the implementation and delivery of all project activities and outcomes are on time, within budget and of high standards and quality; ensure the team applies a structured work methodology; coordinate, assess and align risk mitigation tactics; monitor project activities and their progress; and promote projects and support and engage stakeholders.
  • Manage the coordination of all ITU colleagues, including with the three Bureaus, to ensure successful delivery of the Giga and Giga Switzerland programme.
  • Manage and develop, in close coordination with the Senior Advisor, all key interactions and activities with the UN System and Member States on Giga, including with UNICEF, and the Governments of Spain and Switzerland.
  • Maintain existing and identify and build new partnerships for Giga from the private sector, civil society, and academia and promote the overall Giga initiative and ITU Giga Switzerland Programme; develop and organize related high quality events and activities to engage key stakeholders. 
  • Analyze and keep abreast of latest developments and trends, as well as identify good practices and solutions, as they pertain to Giga and its related areas of focus.
  • Represent, promote and advocate the overall Giga initiative for the organization at external and internal meetings and events with key stakeholders and build and maintain strong relationships.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Qualifications required


  • Advanced university degree in business administration, international development, engineering, programme/project management, or any relevant area of study to support knowledge in programme/project management or a related field OR education from a reputed college of advanced education with a diploma of equivalent standard to that of an advanced university degree in one of the fields above. For internal candidates, a first university degree in one of the fields above in combination with fifteen years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree for promotion or rotation purposes.


  • At least ten years of progressively responsible experience in managing projects/programmes in the context of international development, including at least three at the international level. A Doctorate in a related field can be considered as a substitute for three years of working experience.
  • Certification in project management (e.g., PMP, Prince, PMD) would be considered an advantage for this position.
  • Strong experience in providing expertise and advice to senior management on a wide range of international telecommunications/ICTs related issues and policies is required.
  • Previous experience in managing and/or implementing donor-funded programmes/projects will be an asset.
  • Experience within or coordinating with government bodies on ICT will also be an asset.
  • 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.
Benefits and entitlements

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 $ 92,731 + post adjustment $ 76,689.

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

Information on recruitment process

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.

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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