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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: 24 June 2019
Vacancy Filled
Applications from women are encouraged
Functions: Deputy to the Director, Chief, Field Operations Coordination Department Post Number: TD02/D2/340
Deadline for Applications (23.59 Geneva CH) : 25 August 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: D2
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 office of the Deputy to the Director and Field Operations Coordination Department is responsible for advising and supporting the Director on the direction and management of the Bureau. It is also responsible for leading all matters related to personnel, strategic, financial and operational planning and reporting processes. The department oversees the work of the Regional Offices, ensuring proper delegation of authority and accountability of the Regional Offices. This department coordinates the holding of BDT conferences and events, monitors the implementation of decisions emanating from the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC), the Telecommunication Development Advisory Group (TDAG) or Council, and cooperates closely with the other Sectors of the Union and the General Secretariat on matters of relevance to BDT and the overall work of the Union. BDT Regional Directors report to this department.
     Duties / Responsibilities
    Under the direction of the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) and as a leader and expert, the incumbent serves as a Deputy to the Director and Chief of Departement. To this end the incumbent performs the following duties:
    • Supervises the work of the ITU Regional Offices, ensuring proper delegation of authority and accountability to the Regional Offices, as approved by the Director.
    • Organizes the Bureau's cooperation with the Regional Telecommunications organizations in partnership with the Regional offices in order to ensure maximum cooperation and efficiency.
    • Coordinates the Bureaus's operational plan and BDT input to the ITU Strategic Plan and other ITU and BDT planning documents and processes.
    • Acts as the principal focal point with the UNDSG, UNDP and other UN agencies working in the areas of development and technical cooperation.
    • Consult and liaise with the General Secretariat Departments, such as HR, Legal, Procurement, etc., in support of BDT project proposals, funding arrangments and procurement agreements and strategic advice the BDT Director.
    • Ensure the harmonization, in collaboration with BDT senior managers, of all BDT projects in order to avoid overlaps, increase efficiency and ensure consistency of projects within the Bureau, whether managed at HQ or at the regional level.
    • Acts as Focal lead for internal and governmental audits on programmes and projects.
    • Ensures the support and coordination of programmes and activities undertaken in all regions.
    • Provides support to the organization and implementation of all major meetings organized by BDT, including TDAG, WTDC and BDT-related PP events.
    • Investigates and resolves critical issues related to resources mobilization in order to ensure good relations with the UN system, regional development banks, national governments and other external funding sources, such as foundations, corporations and private sector and maximize effectiveness of BDT's regional programmes/project efforts in the framework of the UN SDGs.
    • Provides support for all high-level and experts consultations with BDT from Member States and BDT Sector Members, Associates and Academia.
    • Serves as a management resource to the BDT Director, providing expert advice and strategic planning assistance, as needed. Provides coaching, as needed to BDT senior staff.
    • Takes advantage of the presence of delegations from Member States, and high level experts in Geneva, to coordinate meetings with the BDT Director and other BDT departments, as needed.
    • Represents the Director and/or BDT at internal and external meetings, conferences.
    • Acts for the Director in his/her absence. Carries out other duties assigned by the Director.
  • Core Competencies: Applying Expertise; Effective Communication; Learning and Knowledge Sharing; Organizational Commitment; Results-Focused, and; Teamwork and Collaboration.
  • Essential Functional Competencies: Planning and Organizing; Analysis, Judgment and Decision-Making; Client and Service Orientation; Innovation and Facilitating Change; Networking and Building Partnerships; Successful Management, and; Leadership.
  • Essential Technical Competencies: Capacity to comprehend and clearly articulate telecommunication and ICT development needs, having carefully considered socio-economic and other pertinent regional factors. Knowledge and application of results-based management methodologies and management principles. Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks and to formulate and take responsive initiatives; High level of negotiating skills and ability to maintain efficient working relationships at all levels, with sensitivity to ITU's multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment and respect for diversity.
  • Qualifications required
    Advanced university degree in telecommunications, management, economics, law, administration 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 twenty-five years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree for promotion or rotation purposes.
    At least twenty years of progressively responsible experience in the field of telecommunications, technical cooperation or development, including extensive managerial experience and at least ten 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.)
    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 $ 110,169 + post adjustment $ 72,822

    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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