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Project Coordinator (Connectivity Credits Marketplace)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Contract type: Consultant

Duration: 12 months

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

Link to apply via UNICEF Portal

Summary

Giga, a groundbreaking initiative between UNICEF and ITU, is calling for a seasoned Project Coordinator to help achieve our goal of global school connectivity. Stationed in Geneva, you will be instrumental in harmonizing the efforts of diverse teams, guiding the Connectivity Credits Marketplace toward success. With a blend of strategic insight and project management skills, you will navigate complex regulatory landscapes and ensure seamless execution. If you have a passion for creating impact and a desire to contribute to closing the digital divide, join us as we empower every young person with information, opportunity, and choice. Your work will not only connect schools but also spark socio-economic growth by turning education into a gateway for community-wide advancement.

Your main responsibilities will be…

Project Coordination and Management:

  • Establish a coherent project plan, setting clear milestones, and ensuring timely execution across different teams and stakeholders.
  • Coordinate closely with the technical product team in Barcelona and other team members, ensuring alignment and supporting the country implementation in the development and rollout of prototypes.

Regulatory and Legal Liaison:

  • Work alongside ITU experts to comprehend and navigate regulatory landscapes that impact the marketplace.
  • Collaborate with legal teams to ensure that the project remains compliant with the laws and regulations across different jurisdictions.

Stakeholder Engagement and Communication:

  • Foster productive relationships with Universal Service Funds, governmental bodies, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Ensure clear communication and understanding among all parties involved, facilitating a collaborative environment for project advancement.

Results-Oriented Execution:

  • Drive a results-oriented culture, focusing on achieving milestones and delivering tangible outcomes.
  • Monitor and evaluate project progress, ensuring that objectives are met within specified timelines.

Quantitative Analysis:

  • Utilize strong quantitative skills to analyze project data, assess risks, and make informed decisions.
  • Translate data insights into actionable strategies to propel the project forward.

Team Synergy:

  • Cultivate a conducive and inclusive working environment that encourages open communication, mutual respect, and collective problem-solving.
  • Act as a catalyst to amalgamate the strengths of different teams towards achieving broader goals.

Continuous Improvement and Innovation:

  • Encourage innovative thinking to overcome project challenges and to enhance the effectiveness of the marketplace.
  • Lead reviews and evaluations of completed projects to identify lessons learned and best practices for future endeavors.

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: Project Coordinator ToR.pdf.

To qualify for this position, you will have…
  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Project Management, Business Administration or 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 work experience in project management, preferably within a multidisciplinary and multicultural setting.
  • Proven ability to manage complex projects with multiple stakeholders, preferably within the Telecom, Media, and Technology (TMT) sectors.
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills, with proficiency in data analysis and performance/operation metrics.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to engage with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Ability to think strategically, fostering a culture of innovation and continuous improvement.
  • High degree of professionalism, with a focus on delivering quality outcomes while nurturing a positive team dynamic.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset
Travel
  • The consultant is expected to travel to Barcelona from Geneva. Two (2) trips, for a stay of 5-6 nights each.
  • 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 to arrange his/her own travel, including visa.
How to apply
  • Interest applicant is required to submit a financial proposal with all-inclusive fee. 
  • 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. Please find attached the financial proposal template.

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.