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Planning Officer

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Contract type: Temporary appointment

Level/grade: P2

Duration: 354 days

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

Link to apply via UNICEF Portal

Summary

We are seeking a Planning Officer to join Giga, 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 selected candidate is a vital part of the Management Team at Giga, bridging the technical and planning aspects to ensure coherent and aligned operational planning and execution. Reporting to the Programme M&E Specialist, the Planning Officer is expected to utilize their strong technology background, understanding of open-source ecosystems, tech planning cycles, and UN planning frameworks to contribute effectively towards Giga’s mission. 

Your main responsibilities will be…

Technology-Driven Planning:

  • Integrate technology planning cycles with UN planning frameworks to ensure aligned and coherent operational planning.
  • Utilize understanding of open-source ecosystems to contribute to technology-related planning and strategy formulation.

Operational Planning and Coordination:

  • Develop, maintain, and refine the operational plans, ensuring they are in sync with Giga’s technological roadmaps and UN planning frameworks.
  • Coordinate with tech teams and other units within Giga to ensure seamless planning and execution of tech-driven initiatives.

Monitoring and Evaluation Support:

  • Provide support in monitoring the implementation of tech-driven initiatives against set plans, identifying deviations and proposing corrective actions.
  • Assist in evaluating the impact and effectiveness of tech initiatives, ensuring they are in line with Giga’s objectives and UN standards.

Knowledge Sharing and Capacity Building:

  • Share insights on tech planning cycles and open-source ecosystems with the team to enhance understanding and integration in planning processes.
  • Build the capacity of Giga team members on technology-driven planning, open-source technologies, and UN planning frameworks.

Stakeholder Engagement and Communication:

  • Engage with internal and external stakeholders to ensure alignment in planning and execution of tech-driven initiatives.
  • Communicate effectively with tech teams, management, and external partners to ensure shared understanding and collaborative planning.

Documentation and Reporting:

  • Document planning processes, methodologies, and tech-driven initiatives meticulously for future reference and sharing with stakeholders.
  • Prepare and submit timely reports on planning, implementation, and evaluation of tech initiatives, ensuring clarity and accessibility for a diverse audience.
To qualify for this position, you will have…
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Technology Management, Information Systems, Computer Science, Business Administration or a related field is required.
  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience in technology-driven planning, open-source ecosystems, and UN planning frameworks is required.
  • Proficiency in technology planning cycles, open-source technologies, and project coordination.
  • Strong understanding of UN planning frameworks and how they integrate with technology-driven initiatives.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work collaboratively with diverse teams and stakeholders.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to adapt to a fast-paced, evolving environment and to work independently and as part of a team.
  • 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.