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Technology Deployment Coordinator

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Contract type: Consultancy

Duration: 12 months

Application deadline: 21 April 2024, at 11.55 pm CET

Link to apply via UNICEF Portal

Summary

We are seeking a dynamic and experienced Technology Deployment Coordinator to work at the intersection of our country engagement and technology areas – this person will work hand in hand with the Giga Country Engagement and Technology teams, UNICEF Country Offices and governments to advertise, tailor, deploy and monitor the roll out of Giga’s open-source technologies.

The ideal candidate will have a robust background in sales or business development for product, in particular in a Business to Government (B2G) context and has a demonstrated ability to engage effectively across different cultural contexts. Proficiency in multiple languages, high intercultural sensitivity, comfort in an interdisciplinary role, and a deep passion for technology are essential. This role involves extensive travel to various countries to work closely with local stakeholders, understand their needs, and develop tailored deployment roadmaps for Giga’s technology products.

Your responsibilities will be…

Market Analysis and Strategy Developments

  • Conduct thorough market analyses to identify opportunities for product deployment, and gain a deep understanding of Giga’s trajectory in countries to date, becoming deeply familiar with existing relationships, successes and roadblocks.
  • Based on analyses and other information, develop strategies tailored to each country’s specific needs and define, along with product owners and country engagement focal points, product roll out strategies and plans, including marketing efforts, product deployment pipelines, etc.
  • Develop user-facing documentation and artifacts – such as pitch decks, demos, installation videos – in close coordination with product owners, the Country Engagement team and Communications team.

Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Build and maintain relationships with country counterparts, technical communities, and other stakeholders to ensure buy-in and support for technology deployments, in constant coordination with the Country Engagement team and UNICEF Country Office colleagues.
  • Maintain and grow Giga’s list of in-country school connectivity champions.
  • Track stakeholder engagement and maintain up-to-date data in project management tools.

Product Deployment:

  • Travel to various countries to showcase the capabilities and benefits of our technology products to potential users and stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with local counterparts to develop and implement clear, actionable roadmaps for product deployment, ensuring alignment with local needs and global strategic objectives.
  • Provide training and support to local stakeholders to ensure sustainable product adoption and utilization.
  • Spearhead user acquisition and retention process for key Giga products.

Opportunity Identification:

  • Gather feedback from local counterparts and deployment experiences to provide insights and inform continuous product development and improvement and adaptation to local contexts.
  • Create and maintain metrics to track progress and success of products in country.
  • Act as a communication channel between the Giga technology team and operational realities and constraints in Giga countries to identify and communicate opportunities, challenges and bottle necks.

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: Tech Deployment Coordinator ToR.pdf.

To qualify for this position, you will have…
  • A Master’s degree in Business, Marketing, International Relations, Computer Science or a related field is essential for this role. *An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline combined with an additional 2 years of professional experience may substitute the Master’s degree.
  • A minimum of 5 years relevant professional experience in sales, business development, or a related role, preferably with experience in technology products.
  • High intercultural IQ and ability to work effectively in diverse environments.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute business development strategies.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills.
  • Ability to travel extensively to different countries.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.
Travel
  • The consultant is expected to travel to Geneva one time (1 trip), for a stay of 4-5 nights.
  • The consultant is expected to travel to GIGA countries five times (5 trips, Africa, Latin America, and Asia), for a stay of 4-5 nights.
  • 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 for arranging his/her own travel, including visa.
  • This consultancy is based in Geneva.
How to apply:
  • Interested applicants are required to submit a financial proposal with an all-inclusive fee. Please see the financial proposal template here: Consultancy Financial Offer template.docx
  • 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.
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.