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Market Development Specialist (Connectivity Credits Marketplace)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Contract type: Temporary appointment

Level/grade: P3

Duration: 354 days

Application deadline: 2 January 2024, 11:55 pm CET

Link to apply via UNICEF Portal

Summary

UNICEF/Giga is seeking a Market Development Specialist (Connectivity Credits Marketplace) to join Giga. Giga is a joint initiative between UNICEF and ITU, with a specific goal to connect every school to internet, and every young person to information, opportunity and choice. The Market Development Specialist is a crucial member of the Connectivity Credits Marketplace team at Giga. This position demands a sophisticated understanding of how unconventional assets and commodities can be structured and traded in market settings akin to carbon credits. Reporting to the Program Manager of Connectivity Credits, the specialist will play a pivotal role in analyzing, structuring, and facilitating the market dynamics of connectivity credits in alignment with Giga’s mission to enhance global connectivity. 

Your main responsibilities will be…

Market Analysis and Structuring:

  • Conduct thorough market analyses to understand the potential of new commodities like connectivity credits.
  • Work closely with financial, legal, and technical teams to structure the marketplace, ensuring a conducive environment for trading and redeeming connectivity credits.

Financial modeling

  • Utilize a strong financial background to develop frameworks that support the trading, valuation, and redemption of connectivity credits.
  • Explore and integrate decentralized finance (DeFi) and blockchain technologies to foster a robust and transparent marketplace.

Emerging Market Adaptation:

  • Apply emerging market expertise to tailor strategies that accommodate the diverse regulatory and market conditions across different countries.
  • Engage with in-country teams to understand the unique market dynamics and regulatory frameworks governing connectivity and digital commodities.

Stakeholder Engagement and Partnership Building:

  • Collaborate with public and private sector stakeholders to promote the concept and benefits of connectivity credits.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with external entities, including financial institutions and government bodies, to facilitate the acceptance and trading of connectivity credits.

Viability for Connectivity Sector:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the Telecom, Media, and Technology (TMT) sectors that can accurately quantify and valuate gigabytes and internet connectivity.
  • Translate technical understanding of connectivity into viable market strategies for promoting and trading connectivity credits.

Risk Management and Innovation:

  • Identify, assess, and mitigate risks associated with introducing new commodities in the marketplace.
  • Foster a culture of innovation to explore novel approaches for market creation, leveraging knowledge in crypto markets and other modern financial frameworks.

Reporting and Documentation:

  • Prepare and present detailed reports on market analyses, structuring strategies, and stakeholder engagements.
  • Document the processes, frameworks, and partnerships established, ensuring transparency and continuous learning.
To qualify for this position, you will have…
  • An Advanced University Degree (Master’s or higher) in business development, finance, economy, or a related degree is required. *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience in finance, commodity trading, or market structuring is required.
  • Experience in the Telecom, Media, and Technology (TMT) sectors, with a particular focus on internet connectivity and gigabytes.
  • Familiarity with decentralized finance (DeFi), blockchain technologies, and crypto markets.
  • Demonstrated ability in analyzing and structuring markets for unconventional or new commodities.
  • Experience working in emerging markets and understanding their unique challenges and opportunities.
  • Proficient in financial modeling, risk assessment, and market analysis.
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
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.