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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: 11 March 2019
Vacancy Filled
Applications from women are encouraged
Functions: Emergency Telecommunications and Climate Change Coordinator Post Number: TD43/P3/544
Deadline for Applications (23.59 Geneva CH) : 12 May 2019 Duration of Contract:  2 years with possibility of renewal for 2 additional years  
Type of Appointment: Fixed-term Appointment Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
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:
    The Digital Knowledge Hub Department is responsible for providing best practices and information to support the public policy decisions of ITU Member States. This department provides a platform for the members, as well as for external entities such as researchers, the private sector and other development agencies, to obtain critical information on digital trends, information society developments and digital skills. In addition to consolidating ITU's position as the recognized global source for regulatory information and ICT data, this department is responsible for the work of ITU-D Study Groups. Finally, this department provides capacity and digital skills building programmes.
     Duties / Responsibilities
    Under the direction and supervision of the Head, Climate Change & Emergency Telecommunications in the Projects and Knowledge Management Department (PKM), the incumbent coordinates ITU's work on emergency telecommunications/ICT and BDT works on climate change. In particular, he/she performs the following duties:
    • Studies and reviews technological trends in the area of disaster risk reduction (DRR), preparedness and management, emergency telecommunication and climate change; reviews developments and trends in the use and applications of telecommunications/ICT to predict, detect and monitor disasters, and to mitigate climate change. Provides technical advice and defines technical specifications of information technology and telecommunication solutions to meet identified needs.
    • Carries out research and analyses developments and trends to prepare publications and chapters on the topic of ICTs and disaster risk reduction and management, and climate change; designs and develops training material, toolkits, guidelines, studies, reports and publications in the area of emergency telecommunications/ICT and climate change, and delivers related trainings, including to high-level representatives and stakeholders.
    • Identifies potential partners within relevant stakeholders including governments, international organizations and the private sector; provides support to the Head of Division in the development of strategies for resource mobilization and the establishment of partnerships and projects aimed at undertaking joint activities related to emergency telecommunications and climate change.
    • Develops and implements projects in the area of emergency telecommunications and climate change and coordinates with relevant ITU staff, senior government officials, solution providers, and partners. Undertakes missions to deploy emergency telecommunications equipment and train government officials to enhance the response/relief efforts of countries affected by disasters.
    • Identifies innovative approaches, services, and applications in the emergency telecommunication/ICT domain, including in the area of multi hazard early warning systems, big data, Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) and develops proposals on their potential impact.
    • Participates at national, regional and international meetings and seminars and delivers presentations related to emergency telecommunications and climate change developments and trends.
    • Organizes, plans, and coordinates regional and global ICT-related meetings and seminars, in particular the Global Forum for Emergency Telecommunications (GET). Identifies new and forward-looking topics and liaises with speakers and experts.
    • Develops and maintains the Divison's web site aimed to support and promote the Division's activities; identifies innovative approaches and makes recommendations on ways to improve the dissemination of relevant information.
    • Carries out any other duties that might be assigned by the Head of the Division.
  • 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; Networking and Building Partnerships, and; Planning and Organizing.
  • Essential Technical Competencies: Excellent and proven ability to use computer applications including Microsoft packages such as MS Project, MS Office Suite and Desktop Publishing. Knowledge of ICT applications and technologies, emergency telecommunications and climate change. Good knowledge of developing countries particularly the least developed countries, and small island developing states would be an asset. Proven experience in drafting and publishing in English is required.
  • Qualifications required
    Advanced university degree in a branch of ICTs/telecommunications, engineering, mathematics, international cooperation, business management or international policy 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 responsible experience in the field of telecommunications/ICT with activities in developing countries including at least two at the international level. A Doctorate in a related field can be considered as a substitute for two 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.)
    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 $ 60,233 + post adjustment $ 40,718

    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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