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ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technologies, with the mission to connect the world. To achieve this, ITU manages the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits at the international level, works to improve communication infrastructure in the developing world, and establishes global standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communication systems. ITU also organizes global Telecom events bringing together the most influential representatives of government and the private sector to exchange ideas and knowledge for the benefit of all.
Date of Issue: 3 October 2013
Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Applications from women are encouraged
Functions: Regional Director, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific Post Number: TD16R/D1/788
Deadline for Applications (23.59 Geneva CH) : 3 December 2013 Duration of Contract:  2 years  
Type of Appointment: Fixed-term Appointment Duty Station:  Bangkok, Thailand
Grade: D1
The Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) is responsible for the organization and coordination of the work of the Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) of the Union which deals mainly with ICT-focused development policies, strategies and programmes, as well as technical cooperation activities, to promote digital inclusion and drive digital transformation at community, country and regional levels. To effectively and efficiently serve the needs of ITU members, BDT is organized into four functional areas:
  • Office of the Deputy to the Director and Field Operations Coordination Department
  • Partnerships for Digital Development Department
  • Digital Networks & Society Department
  • Digital Knowledge Hub Department

  • Organization Unit:
    Within the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of ITU, in close collaboration with the Deputy to the Director, and with Departments within the BDT, the Regional and Area Offices are responsible for proposing the operational policy and strategy of telecommunication development activities in their respective regions, coordinating with countries of the region to prioritize requirements, proposing inputs for the preparation of the operational plan based on these prioritized regional requirements, as well as coordinating and implementing technical cooperation activities in their respective regions, be they in the framework of projects, regional initiatives, or follow-up of World Telecommunication Development Conferences.
     Duties / Responsibilities
    Under the direction of the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) and in close cooperation with the Deputy to the Director, the incumbent serves as Regional Director, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the work of the Regional Office and associated area offices. To this end the incumbent:
  • Identifies the strategies, procedures and priorities in the context of the requirements of the region.
  • Studies and assesses the development needs of the region and formulates general programmes for the enhancement of its networks and services.
  • Organizes the collection, circulation and exchange of information on matters pertaining to development of telecommunications and their rational use, and the activities of ITU in these fields.
  • Directs the preparation and submission of ITU proposals for consideration by governments, telecommunication agencies and funding entities.
  • Develops a mechanism to increase the effective development and use of human resources of the region.
  • Approves and signs, on behalf of the ITU, project documents and revisions when their budget does not exceed US$ 150,000.
  • Organizes resource mobilization activities in the region in order to secure funding of projects.
  • Organizes and participates in meetings or seminars.
  • Is responsible for the overall implementation of the decisions/recommendations of World and Regional Development Conferences, in particular the BDT telecommunication development programmes in the region.
  • Provides the relevant authorities of the region with all relevant information on the organization of global/regional meetings and conferences.
  • Acts as the principal ITU representative vis-Ó-vis, Governments, telecommunication organizations, development banks, regional organizations and other stakeholders in the region, develops and maintains close relationship with these entities at the highest level and ensures that any agreements entered into by the ITU with these organizations are implemented and as well as with the UN Resident Coordinators and other Agencies Representatives in Asia and the Pacific.
  • Directs, monitors, supervises and evaluates the work of the ITU staff assigned to the Regional Office and Heads of Area offices in the region and the work of experts assigned to field activities.
  • Assists ITU Elected Officials and ITU Staff in the preparation and implementation of their missions to the countries of the Region.
  • Coordinates those activities concerning the countries of his/her region that may be referred to him/her by the other Bureaus of the Union.
  • Provides and reviews inputs from the region to reports for ITU conferences and meetings, especially Council meetings, Regional and World Development Conferences as well as Plenipotentiary Conferences.
  • Performs any other task in his/her field of competence that may be assigned to him/her by the Director of the BDT and the Secretary-General, as applicable.
  •  Competencies
  • Capacity to comprehend and clearly articulate telecommunications and ICT development needs, having carefully considered socio-economic and other pertinent regional factors. Ability to plan strategically, direct and operate within a results-based management framework and quality management concepts.
  • Ability to translate strategy into action and achieve positive results. Ability to identify clients' needs, propose appropriate solutions, build strong relationships with clients, donors and representatives, focusing on impact and results for the client and responding positively to feedback.
  • Ability to display a high level of respect, diplomacy and tact when dealing with government officials, donors and other stakeholders. Excellent interpersonal skills, able to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations with officials at the highest level, including host government representatives and colleagues, in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment.
  • Strong management skills and excellent leadership with a proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling work environment, including the ability to effectively lead, develop, mentor, coach and evaluate staff.
  • Ability to take initiatives, aptitude for setting strategic orientations and priorities, planning and coaching a team to maximize production and achieve set objectives.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing with the decision-makers on complex/sensitive issues; ability to draft precise and complete analytical reports, project proposal documents, project evaluations.
  • Qualifications required
    Advanced university degree in business or public administration/management, international development, economics or telecommunications or a related field OR education in a reputed college of advanced education with a diploma of equivalent standard to that of an advanced university degree in one of the fields above. For internal candidates, a first university degree in one of the fields above in combination with twenty years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree for promotion or rotation purposes.
    At least fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in managing development programmes or related work with a telecommunication/ICT Administration/organization/regulator, including at least seven at the international level. A Doctorate in a related field can be considered as a substitute for three years of working experience.
    Knowledge of one of the six official languages of the Union (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish) at advanced level and knowledge of a second official language at intermediate level. Knowledge of a third official language would be an advantage. (Under the provisions of Resolution No. 626 of the Council, a relaxation of the language requirements may be authorized in the case of candidates from developing countries: when candidates from such countries possess a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the Union, their applications may be taken into consideration.)
    Annual Salary (Net of Tax)
    189,968.-USD - 216,343.-USD without dependants
    205,522.-USD - 236,112.-USD with dependants

    Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for written test. Interviews may be used as a form of screening.

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