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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 April 2022
Applications from women are encouraged
Functions: Sustainable Government Digitalization Consultant
Deadline for Applications (23.59 Geneva CH) : 16 May 2022
Duration of Contract:  90 working days between 30 May 2022 and 16 February 2023  
Type of Appointment: Special Service Agreement Duty Station:  Remote/home based, Various
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

    Provision of expertise by a consultant to develop a report to guide governments on the most relevant digital solutions for green hardware and software that can be used to support sustainable government digitalization.


    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) requests support from a consultant in leading the research, writing and preparation of a report which identifies the use and availability of green technology for governments to ensure climate-friendly implementation of the 'GovStack' project. ITU is involved in this work following the signing of a project between ITU and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit on the Global Programme Digital Transformation.

    The 'GovStack' project assists countries in learning and implementing scalable digital services and applications in a cost efficient, accelerated, and integrated manner and that are built applying best software development principles and leveraging countries' experiences and practices based on reusable Building Blocks.

    The report will provide guidance on the most relevant solutions for green hardware and software that can be used within GovStack to support sustainable government digitalization. Digital government can contribute significantly to sustainability by assisting governments in becoming "green administrations" through the provision of services.

    The report will provide guidance on how to maximize the sustainability benefits of government digitalization by assisting countries in deploying sustainable, green digital government services. As governments are usually large consumers of ICT and processors of millions of digital transactions, the report will also provide recommendations on how to reduce energy consumption, make hardware and software structures more energy-efficient, and how to adopt greener technologies particularly for government data centres including the use of renewable energy sources and how to adopt circular economy models.

    All consultation activities must be gender balanced and all documents produced shall use gender inclusive language.

    Terms of reference:

    In close cooperation with the ITU focal point, the Consultant will:
    • Lead in the research and drafting of a report on Sustainable Government Digitalization which provides guidance on how to maximize the use of digital technologies to green government services, applications and infrastructure.
    • Design, prepare, and organize an online questionnaire and consultations with public and private sector stakeholders concerning the current and future use of green technologies and sustainable digital practices in governments.
    • Integrate findings from the questionnaires and consultations into the report, including in the form of case studies to identify examples of best practices.
    • Identify and produce mock-up graphics (graphs/infographics) for inclusion into the report which will be prepared by a publication design specialist.
    • Ensure incorporation of feedback from ITU staff and external validation from consultees into the draft and final report.
    • Engage with focal points and have relevant calls with project partners.
    • Perform other tasks as required.
    Concrete deliverables:
    • Distribution of questionnaire and completion of at least 10 consultations with results integrated into the draft report.
    • One first draft of the report for review and validation.
    • One final draft of the report (approx. 50 pages) with feedback addressed.
    • Provision of infographic mock-ups (approx. 10 mock-ups) for use by a graphic design specialist.
    • Regular reports of key observations during the research and update of progress via email, online meetings, or documents for review.
    Qualifications required
    Advanced university degree in engineering, information technology and communications, climate change or environmental sciences or any relevant area of study 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.
    At least five years of relevant professional experience in one or more of the domains above; experience in high-quality technical writing; experience in producing academic or other technical publications; able to formulate technical information in an accessible, interesting, and competent way; thorough knowledge and overview of green technology trends; good understanding of climate change issues and digital government services.
    Excellent spoken and written English at an advanced level.
    Additional Information:

    300.- USD per working day

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

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