Country Support Specialist, Office of Innovation, Giga, Barcelona At Unicef

Closing date: Thursday, 27 July 2023

Country Support Specialist, Office of Innovation, Giga, Barcelona, Spain, 12 months

Job no: 563778

Position type: Consultant

Location: Spain Division/Equivalent: Programme

School/Unit: Office of Global Innovation

Department/Office: GIGA OOI O/P Switzerland

Categories: Innovation

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, innovation

Giga, a joint initiative between UNICEF and ITU, aims to connect every school in the world to the internet, addressing the global digital divide. The lack of internet access deprives half of the world’s population, including millions of children, of digital skills and opportunities. Giga uses schools as anchor points to extend connectivity to surrounding communities, promoting economic growth and sustainability. Mapping school connectivity levels using machine learning and satellite images is the first step in identifying areas in need. So far, over 2.1 million schools in 136 countries have been mapped. The cost of connecting every school is estimated over $400 billion, and Giga works with governments and private investors to secure funding.

By partnering with various stakeholders, Giga facilitates internet access, implements competitive procurement processes, and develops real-time payment mechanisms. The initiative has already connected schools in 19 countries, including remote regions and refugee camps. Giga’s work supports UNICEF’s Reimagine Education initiative, which aims to connect every child and young person to digital learning solutions by 2030. Through collaborations with financial and technical partners, Giga advances its mission. You can read more about Giga’s work at and by following us on twitter @Gigaglobal.

How can you make a difference?

Purpose of the appointment

Under the supervision and guidance of the Country Engagement Lead, the Country Engagement Support Specialist will coordinate engagement with UNICEF Country Offices and, where relevant, other national stakeholders, for implementation of Giga in priority countries. This includes acting as the liaison between the Country Offices and the Giga Contracts, Finance and ITU teams, coordinating analytical requirements for cost estimations, finance models, and connectivity procurement. The Specialist will ensure the engagement of relevant stakeholders in-country and within the Giga team, and track Giga in-country implementation on an ongoing basis.

The Country Engagement team supports Country Offices in initiating Giga, and in technical discussions with the government and developing work plans. It also develops and provides guidance materials and ensures coordination with partner ITU at HQ and regional levels. The team tracks developments, progress and challenges for Giga implementation in-country, and iterates implementation processes based on lessons learned. The team is currently supporting over 60 Country Offices in all UNICEF regions (most are in East and Southern Africa, West and Central Africa, Central America and the Caribbean and Central Asia), but the demand for more information and engagement on Giga is growing, and the cohort of countries needing support for Giga implementation is expected to increase.

The Specialist will provide professional technical and operational support to Country Offices that are implementing Giga. The post will contribute to strengthening the quality of support and guidance materials made available to Country Offices, the coordination of Giga technical support to Country Offices, reporting of country implementation progress, and the coordination with our partner ITU.

Overall, this position is responsible for:

  •  Support to Country Offices in their requests for support and information on Giga while coordinating with appropriate UNICEF and ITU Regional Offices.
  •  Support in-country implementation in active Giga countries.
  •  Track country engagement status in each region and maintain up-to-date data in project management tool.
  •  Liaise between Country Offices and Giga Finance team and Giga Contracts team to support Country Offices with all materials, guidance and feedback on contracts, procurement and fund mobilization.
  •  Support the organization and implementation of any Giga-related events in-country through prep materials, agendas, etc., as well as any Giga-related recruitment in-country.

Please access the full ToR and related information here TOR – Giga Country Support Specialist (002).pdf


  •  The consultant is expected to travel to:
    •  Geneva, Switzerland 1 time – requiring a stay of 5 nights.
    •  Several countries in East and Southern Africa 4 times. Each trip will require a stay of 5 nights.

Payment details and further considerations

  •  Payment of professional fees will be based on the submission of agreed deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.
  •  Consultant is responsible for his/her own health and travel insurance.
  •  Consultant is responsible to arrange his/her own travel, including visa.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  •  An advanced university degree (master’s or higher) is required in one of the following fields: statistics, economics, social sciences, development sciences, and management or related degree is required. *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  •  A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in field of development, ideally within UNICEF, and with experience or strong exposure to programming in Country Offices
  •  Experience in facilitating engagements with an array of partners at the national/reginal level, i.e., international development organizations, government entities, regulators, or civil society, etc.
  •  Understanding of connectivity technology, telecommunications, networks would be considered an asset.
  •  Experience in monitoring and reporting.
  •  Knowledge of national policy frameworks related to technology development, implementation, and infrastructure development is desired.
  •  Strong written and verbal communication skills, including presentation skills.
  •  Proven capacity to work with collaborative teams across different locations and with different technical skills.
  •  Proven experience in translating complex ideas from various fields into unified, clear guidance.
  •  Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment; proven track record working across a cross-functional team.
  •  Outstanding communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills; team-first mentality
  •  Strong planning and organizational and time management skills.
  •  Interested applicants are required to submit a financial proposal with all-inclusive fee. The applicants should propose an all-inclusive livable fee for the indicated duty station. The fee may include reimbursement for travel incidentals (economic ticket, visa, out-of-pocket fees etc.) that are anticipated for a transfer from home to the duty station.
  •  Financial proposal must include in a separate line, travel costs (economy class) and daily subsistence allowance, if travel is required as per TOR and any other estimated costs: visa, travel/health insurance.

Applications without a financial proposal will not be considered.

Please find attached the financial proposal template Consultancy Financial Offer template.docx

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

Advertised: Jul 07 2023 Romance Daylight Time

Application close: Jul 27 2023 Romance Daylight Time

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  •  Closes Jul 27 2023Country Support Specialist, Office of Innovation, Giga, Barcelona, Spain, 12 months in Spain

    We are seeking a capable Country Support Specialist to join Giga, an initiative to connect every school in the world to the Internet and every young person to information, opportunity, and choice. The Country Support Specialist will work within the Giga Global Country Engagement team and closely with the Country Engagement Adviser to support country offices in initiating Giga, developing work plans, designing procurement processes for connecting and accessing technical support from all parts of the Giga team. Note: Giga reserves the right to engage more than one Specialist, based on the pool of applications and budget availability.


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