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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: 29 September 2021
Selection in Progress
Applications from women are encouraged
Functions: E-waste Policy and Data Consultant
Deadline for Applications (23.59 Geneva CH) : 13 October 2021 Duration of Contract:  2 months - with possibility of extension  
Type of Appointment: Special Service Agreement Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Grade: To be defined / Other
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 Networks & Society Department is responsible for BDT activities in the areas of spectrum management, network development, cybersecurity, and emergency telecommunications. This department is also responsible for supporting ITU Member States in their transition to digital societies by providing tools and guidelines to address environmental challenges (in particular, climate change and e-waste), and for promoting innovation, ICT applications/services, digital inclusion, and ecosystems, with the ultimate goal to 'leave no one behind'.
     Duties / Responsibilities

    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is expanding its activities relating to waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), or "e-waste" from old and obsolete equipment and is providing technical assistance to ITU Member States in national WEEE management policy development and statistics, where ITU works closely with the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership (GESP). ITU's Environment & Emergency Telecommunications (EET) Division of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) needs dedicated assistance to effectively continue and expand thematic activities.

    Terms of Reference:

    Under the regular supervision of the Head of BDT's EET Division, and in close cooperation with the Thematic Priority Coordinator and Environment staff, the Consultant will:
    • Provide substantial support in the development of a 'Guideline for Developing National WEEE Policy and Regulation for Arab States'. The draft guideline will be prepared to provide countries of the ITU Arab States with the key building blocks, concepts, definitions, and approaches' to developing sound e-waste policy and regulation.
    • Prepare and assist with the delivery of a national stakeholder awareness raising workshop in Mongolia on e-waste policy development and monitoring (1 day to take place virtually). In doing so, conduct desk-based research, stakeholder mapping and engage with stakeholders about existing WEEE or other related regulation, including on the status of the collection of WEEE data and statistics, existing projects/campaigns for e-waste collection and recycling. This initial support will identify knowledge gaps and how best ITU can provide Mongolia technical assistance and capacity building support for e-waste policy development and data in 2022.
    • Provide support, when and where necessary, to the Environment team with WEEE data and policy activities at the country level, particularly within the Dominican Republic and Burundi.
    Concrete deliverables:
    • Completion of a draft guideline for developing national WEEE policy and regulation for Arab States.
    • Organization and provision of basic training to Mongolia on policy development and monitoring of e-waste. Completion of workshop Summary report in the form of a roadmap for tailored WEEE policy and data support in Mongolia starting in 2022.
  • Proven English drafting skills.
  • Sound understanding of waste management and the challenges faced by problematic waste streams such as WEEE.
  • Knowledge of international environmental and sustainable development institutions, and intergovernmental processes in waste and hazardous substances, including the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
  • Strong familiarity with the work of the UN system and other international organizations.
  • Qualifications required
    University degree in the areas of global environmental governance, statistics or sciences and sustainable development or environmental studies, or a related field OR education in a reputed college of advanced education, with a diploma of equivalent standard to that of a university degree in one of the fields above.
    At least three years of progressively responsible experience around product responsibility, waste management and hazardous substances. Experience working directly with stakeholders from local and national government in waste management. An advanced degree in a related field can be considered as a substitute for one year of working experience. A doctorate in related fields can be considered as a substitute for two years of working experience.
    Fluency in oral and written English is a requirement, alongside French and/or Spanish is essential. Knowledge of Arabic is an additional advantage.
    Additional Information:

    6,000.- CHF / month

    Working from home with Covid-19 restrictions.

    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
    Selection in Progress

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