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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: 2 November 2018
Vacancy Filled
Applications from women are encouraged
Functions: Programme Officer Area Office Dakar Post Number: TD13R/P3/512
Deadline for Applications (23.59 Geneva CH) : 2 January 2019 Duration of Contract:  2 years with possibility of renewal for 2 additional years  
Type of Appointment: Fixed-term Appointment Duty Station:  Dakar, Senegal
Grade: P3
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 overall authority of the Regional Director and the immediate supervision of the ITU Area Representative, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
    • Coordinates, monitors and implements programmes and projects. Monitors advancements in the field of expertise. Provides advice to peers, managers and colleagues.
    • Provides programme and project support: defines project and revision requirements and specifications; suggests joint activities. Identifies, proposes and develops cooperation opportunities. Serves as a specialist for assigned cooperation programmes and projects (regular and extrabudgetary). Prepares, and drafts, as necessary, inputs for budget for programme and project budgets.
    • Follows up project, programme and action budget implementation and financial situations, reporting status and raises potential issues with managers.
    • Identifies prospective donors and actively participates in meetings.
    • Monitors, organizes and conducts programme, project and product evaluations. Edits and compiles relevant documentation to enable project and programme work. Analyses and applies background history and documentation of projects, identifying and reconstructing strategies and decisions, and adding technical value to programmes and projects.
    • Liaises with and provides technical support to regional, national and international organizations, including other agencies within the United Nations system. Recommends prospective partners in selecting and proposing extensive collaborative activities.
    • Attends meetings and participates in technical groups as the representative of a specific programme area, as delegated by the Regional Director or ITU Area Representative to exchange information, discuss best practices and remain informed of subject matter developments.
    • Provides inputs and recommendations work plans and organization, resolving implementation problems and responding to internal technical and administrative demands.
    • Initiates, supervises and reviews the completion of duties by programme, project and office support staff on programmes, projects and actions under their responsibility, according to predetermined and clarified priorities and objectives.
    • Carries out any additional activities that may be required to ensure the success of the work team to which assigned.
  • Core Competencies: Applying Expertise; Effective Communication; Learning and Knowledge Sharing; Organizational Commitment; Results-Focused, and; Teamwork and Collaboration.
  • Essential Functional Competencies: Analysis, Judgement and Decision-making; Client and Service Orientation, and; Planning and Organizing.
  • Essential Technical Competencies: Excellent research skills and very good knowledge of global trends in the area of work. Excellent knowledge of socio-economic and political developments in the Africa Region.
  • Qualifications required
    Advanced university degree in telecommunications, ICT engineering or economics, management or a related field OR education from 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 seven years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree for promotion or rotation purposes.
    At least five years of progressively more responsible experience in the above fields, including at least two at the international level or international exposure. A doctorate in a related field can be considered as a substitute for two years of working experience. Practical experience and understanding of subjects related to telecommunications/ICT applications and services, ICT network planning, development and capacity building.
    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.)
    Additional Information:
    Total annual salary consists of a net annual salary (net of taxes and before medical insurance and pension fund deductions) in US dollars and a post adjustment (PA) (cost of living allowance). The PA is variable and subject to change without notice in accordance with the rates as set within the UN Common System for salaries and allowances.

    Annual salary from $ 59,151 + post adjustment $ 23,246

    Other allowances and benefits subject to specific terms of appointment, please refer to http://www.itu.int/en/careers/Pages/Conditions-of-Employment.aspx

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

    For further information concerning the Conditions of Employment please click the following link
    Applicants will be contacted only if they are under serious consideration
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