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: 1 April 2016
Currently accepting applications
Applications from women are encouraged
Functions: Programme OfficerPost Number: TD19/P3/365
Deadline for Applications (23.59 Geneva CH) : 1 June 2016
(22 day(s) until closing deadline
Duration of Contract:  2 years with possibility of renewal for 2 additional years  
Type of Appointment: Fixed-term AppointmentDuty 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 of the Union (the Union has three functional sectors: Standardization, Radiocommunication and Development) which deals mainly with development policies, strategies, programming, as well as technical cooperation activities (expert missions, training programmes, field projects, seminars, etc.).
 Duties / Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the BDT Director and the direct supervision of the Coordinator for Europe, the incumbent performs the following duties:
  • Coordinates, monitors and implements programmes and projects. Monitors advancements in the field of expertise. Provides advice to peers, management and colleagues.
  • Provides programme and project support, defines project/revision requirements and specifications; suggests joint activities. Identifies, proposes and develops cooperation opportunities. Serves as a technical specialist for cooperation programmes and projects (regular programme and extrabudgetary). Prepares and drafts, as necessary, inputs for budget for programmes and projects.
  • Follows up project/programme/action budget implementation and financial situations, reporting status and raising potential issues with managers. Identifies prospective donors and actively participates in meetings.
  • Monitors, organizes and conducts programme, project and products evaluations. Edits and compiles relevant documentation to enable project and programme work. Analyses and applies background history and documentation of projects, identifying and proposing amendments to strategies and decisions in adding technical value.
  • 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 delegated by the BDT Director/Coordinator Europe to exchange information, discusses best practices and remains informed of subject matter developments.
  • Provides inputs and recommandations in regard to the planning and organization of the work, 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/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.
Qualifications required
Advanced university degree in telecommunications, ICTs or economies or a related field OR education in 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 the post, 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.)
  • Excellent communication skills including writing skills.
  • Excellent research skills and very good knowledge of global trends in the area of work.
  • Ability to work in a team with dedication and commitment.
  • Ability to draft precise and complete analytical reports, project proposals, documents, project evaluations.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use personal computers.
  • Comprehensive background, experience and understanding of subjects related to telecommunications.
  • Remuneration
    Annual Salary: (Net of Tax)
    108,332.- USD - 144,577.- USD without dependants
    116,055.- USD - 155,513.- USD with dependants

    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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