We are seeking a Senior Country Engagement Coordinator to join Giga, an initiative to connect every school in the world to the Internet and every young person to information, opportunity, and choice. In collaboration with the Giga Regional Lead focal points, this candidate will lead the development of country project plans and budgets. She or he will coordinate the team’s work and ensure that project outputs are delivered in accordance with the project’s scope, quality, cost, and time objectives.
Your main responsibilities will be…
- 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 options).
- Perform any other requested tasks.
To qualify for this position, you will have…
- 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 first university degree in one of the fields above. An advanced degree or a doctorate would be an asset.
- 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.
- Knowledge of English at advanced level (spoken and written) and knowledge of a second official language of the Union (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) at intermediate level.
- 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).
Between 340 and 430 USD depending on the experience.
Giga is a joint initiative of UNICEF and ITU to connect every school in the world to the Internet by 2030. Working with 14 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.
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.
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.