Head of the Department of Strategic Planning and Membership Relations, Geneva At ITU – International Telecommunication Union


Closing date: Monday, June 19, 2023

INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS UNION

ITU – the main United Nations agency for information and communication technologies – is responsible for connecting the world. To this end, it manages the radio frequency spectrum and satellite orbits internationally, works to strengthen the communications infrastructure in developing countries and develops global standards that guarantee the perfect interconnection of a wide variety of communication systems.

Head of the Department of Strategic Planning and Membership Relations

Vacancy notice number: 1120 Sector: SG Department: SPM Country of contract: Swiss Place of employment: Geneva

Position number: PM01 / D2 / 200 Grade: D2 Type of contract: Duration Duration of the contract: 2 years with possibility of extension of 2 additional years Type of publication: External Application deadline ( Midnight Geneva time ) June 19, 2023

ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT

The General Secretariat directs the administrative, human and financial resources and activities of the Union, including the implementation of administrative standards relating to operating matters and the dissemination of information on telecommunications / ICT matters for operational and other purposes, to formulate legal opinions to the whole of the Union. The General Secretariat coordinates the implementation of the Strategic Plan, monitors the telecommunications / ICT environment and recommends, if necessary, measures concerning the Union’s future policies and strategy. The General Secretariat ensures intersectoral coordination and cooperation to advance the ITU’s overall approach ( One-ITU ) at headquarters and in the field.The General Secretariat provides logistical and information technology support to Union activities, in particular to world conferences and forums ; coordinating the Union’s work with the United Nations system and other international organizations; and the commitment of Member States, Members of Sectors and academic institutions. The General Secretariat manages the governance of the organization and strategic communication and relations with the media, the various stakeholder groups as well as the general public. Members of Sectors and academic institutions. The General Secretariat manages the governance of the organization and strategic communication and relations with the media, the various stakeholder groups as well as the general public. Members of Sectors and academic institutions. The General Secretariat manages the governance of the organization and strategic communication and relations with the media, the various stakeholder groups as well as the general public.

At the General Secretariat, the Department of Strategic Planning and Relations with Members advises the Secretary-General on strategic issues and their implications for the Union in a telecommunications environment/evolving ICT; develops strategic foresight proposals for ITU management, the objective being that the organization achieves the objectives set for it by its Members; plan and coordinate institutional and strategic activities to ensure their conformity with the objectives set out by Members; organizes the provision of secretariat services for the Plenipotentiary Conference, the Council and other meetings of the General Secretariat, with a view to’ensuring the participation at the highest level of Member States and Members of Sector; establishes and maintains good relations with Member States, Members of Sector and other entities, the United Nations and other international organizations. The Department is also responsible for giving authorized opinions on communication and promotion strategies, as well as developing and implementing the Union’s institutional communication plan, in collaboration with the three Sectors and with a view to publicizing the pre-eminent role played by ITU in the field of telecommunications and ICT. The Department is also responsible for giving authorized opinions on communication and promotion strategies, as well as developing and implementing the Union’s institutional communication plan, in collaboration with the three Sectors and with a view to publicizing the pre-eminent role played by ITU in the field of telecommunications and ICT. The Department is also responsible for giving authorized opinions on communication and promotion strategies, as well as developing and implementing the Union’s institutional communication plan, in collaboration with the three Sectors and with a view to publicizing the pre-eminent role played by ITU in the field of telecommunications and ICT.

TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the direction of the Secretary-General and in close collaboration with the Deputy Secretary-General, the Head of the Department of Strategic Planning and Relations with Members is responsible for defining strategic directions and is responsible for management in accordance with ITU efficiency standards, accountability and integrity, as well as coordination of strategic planning, program monitoring, partnership building and resource mobilization. By exercising a leading role and by providing high-level guidance and support for the development and implementation of multi-stakeholder partnerships and mobilization efforts efficient and innovative resources,the Head of the Department plays a leading role in ensuring that the ITU is able to continue to fulfill its mission and to support strategic objectives. The Head of the Department acts as an actor of change, leading and supporting ITU initiatives. The holder assigns the following tasks :

  •  Continuously analyzes the evolution and trends of the environment of digital technologies and telecommunications / ICT in the context of the global information economy and society, and assesses the challenges and impacts they represent for ITU; highlights innovative and avant-garde approaches; oversees the development of options, proposals and prospective strategic plans relating to the Union’s missions in a changing environment ( in particular by improving the strategic vision capacities ).
  •  In close collaboration with the Deputy Secretary-General, encourages, promotes and promotes intersectoral work and collaboration, in particular by planning and directing Union activities such as the World Telecommunication Policy Forum, the celebration of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day and other related events; contributes to the development of plans for the implementation of WSIS results and directs development plans for the promotion of youth and youth strategies and activities gender equality.
  •  In close collaboration with the Deputy Secretary-General, plays a role of direction and follow-up on the intellectual and strategic level in the development, the implementation and monitoring of the Organization’s general strategy and program, as well as the results framework, including for thematic priorities, catalysts, achievements and outputs, and reporting in this regard, and the development of related impact and effectiveness indicators, ensuring compliance with the guidelines provided by the governing bodies and coordinating the development of strategic approaches for various program matters, in line with the general objectives and strategic orientations of the ITU.
  •  Supervises the development and management of good ITU relations with Member States, specialized agencies and other international organizations, regional or subregional telecommunications organizations, satellite telecommunications organizations, international non-governmental organizations and academic institutions.
  •  Directs the preparation of quality reports and publications requested by the competent ITU authorities. Ensure the overall coherence of activities.

TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITY ( continuation )

  •  Supervises and directs the ITU institutional communication program, promoting the Union’s eminent role in the international community; provides specialized advice to the Secretary General and senior officials on all matters of communication, image and opportunity strategy.
  •  Plan, direct and implement the strategies, platforms and measures necessary to give ITU a leadership role and enable it to exercise this role, in particular by establishing working relationships with renowned specialists and academics in specific fields relating to technology, in order to prepare working documents and research work with a view to their publication and dissemination, by working with the diplomatic community to promote a better understanding of technologies and their impacts, in order to better prepare these actors for discussions at ITU meetings and conferences; designs national strategies for the deployment of these technologies and sets up a system of’learning by experience for ITU staff.
  •  Strengthens the support provided in the framework of the inter-agency activities of the United Nations system at the global, regional and national levels, in particular by representing the ITU in the relevant bodies and committees.
  •  Supervises the secretariat services of the Council, the Plenipotentiary Conference and other Union conferences; provides support to the Secretary General, planning and organizing retreats for senior officials and related strategic planning meetings for senior officials.
  •  Provides strategic oversight of the work of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and performs all necessary tasks as Executive Director of the Commission, in support of the secretariat.
  •  At the request of the Secretary-General, represents the ITU at the national, regional and international levels.
  •  Assists the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General in solving strategic problems for the entire ITU.
  •  Performs any other task which may be entrusted to it by the Secretary-General or the Deputy Secretary-General.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS

Application of specialized knowledge; Ability to communicate effectively; Training and knowledge exchange; Organizational commitment; Results-based approach; and, Team spirit and collaboration.

FUNCTIONAL SKILLS

Analysis, safety of judgment and ability to decide

Opening up to innovation and change

Concern for the client and the provision of services

Chef qualities

Establishment of networks and partnerships

Ability to plan and organize

Efficient management

TECHNICAL SKILLS

In-depth knowledge of ITU activities. Ability to identify the main strategic planning problems, opportunities and risks and to formulate and take appropriate initiatives. Ability to guide the development of cross-sectoral policies and strategies. Ability to form and motivate teams and to ensure effective teamwork in order to provide excellent results on time. Excellent ability to negotiate and maintain good working relationships at all levels, tactful in the multicultural and multiethnic environment of ITU, and with respect for diversity.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

Education:

Higher university degree in telecommunications, economics, law, political science, public administration or business management or in a related field OR training received in an established reputation higher education institution, attested by a level diploma equivalent to a higher university degree in one of the aforementioned fields. For internal candidates, an undergraduate university title in one of the aforementioned fields, associated with twenty-five years of relevant professional experience, may replace the higher university title for promotion or rotation purposes.

Experience:

At least twenty ( 20 ) years of experience in positions of increasing responsibility in the field of employment, including at least ten ( 10 ) years at international level in the public or private sector, and an excellent knowledge of telecommunications / ICT internationally. Experience in providing specialized advice to senior management on a wide range of telecommunications / ICT issues and policies internationally is also essential, as well as experience in high-level management. A good knowledge of ITU activity would be an asset. A doctorate in a related field can be considered equivalent to three years of professional experience.

Languages:

Knowledge of one of the six official languages of the Union ( English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French, Russian ) at the advanced level and knowledge of a second official language at the intermediate level. Knowledge of a third official language would be an advantage. ( According to the provisions of Council Resolution 626, the relaxation of the conditions required for language skills may be authorized for candidates who are nationals of developing countries: when candidates from these countries have a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the Union, their application may be taken into account. )

RIGHTS AND BENEFITS

Salary: The total annual salary consists of an annual net tax treatment ( net and before deduction of contributions to health insurance and the Pension Fund ) in USD dollars and a post allowance ( cost of living allowance ). The post allowance is variable and may be changed without notice, in accordance with the rates set in the United Nations common system for salaries and benefits. Annual salary from $ 111.502 + post allowance $ 101.355 Other allowances and benefits are subject to the specific conditions of the commitment, please refer to http://jobs.itu.int/content/Ce-que-nous-offrons/?locale=fr_FR

INFORMATION ON THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS

Please note that all applicants must complete an online request and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the ITU Carrières website. The assessment of candidates is based on the criteria of the vacancy notice and may include tests and / or assessments, as well as a skills-based interview. ITU uses communication technologies such as video or teleconferencing, email correspondence, etc. for the assessment of candidates. Please note that only the selected candidates will be contacted and that the candidates for the final selection stage will be subject to a verification of the references on the basis of the information provided. Messages from email addresses different from those of ITU – @itu.int – should in no case be considered. The ITU does not charge any fees at any time during the recruitment process.

The ITU applies a zero tolerance policy with regard to any form of harassment. ITU is committed to diversity and integration within its workforce, and encourages all applicants regardless of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic origins, including people with disabilities, to apply to be part of the organization. Gender parity is of great importance for ITU.

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