Post Of Strategy Development Consultant (ITU)
INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION UNION (ITU)
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.
Strategy Development Consultant
Vacancy notice no: 1484
Country of contract: Remote
Duty station: Home Based
Position number: [[positionNumber]]
Type of contract: Consultant
Duration of contract: The Bahamas, Suriname (60 days)
Recruitment open to: External
Application deadline (Midnight Geneva Time): 25 January 2024
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
The office of the Deputy to the Director and Field Operations Coordination Department is responsible for advising and supporting the Director on the direction and management of the Bureau. It is also responsible for leading all matters related to personnel, strategic, financial and operational planning and reporting processes. The department oversees the work of the Regional Offices, ensuring proper delegation of authority and accountability of the Regional Offices. This department coordinates the holding of BDT conferences and events, monitors the implementation of decisions emanating from the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC), the Telecommunication Development Advisory Group (TDAG) or Council, and cooperates closely with the other Sectors of the Union and the General Secretariat on matters of relevance to BDT and the overall work of the Union. BDT Regional Directors report to this department.
The increasing digitalisation of today’s world has created new challenges to children’s safety and protecting children online has emerged as a significant challenge to be addressed.
The Child Online Protection (COP) Guidelines devised by ITU outline recommendations for all relevant stakeholders and aim to contribute to the development of a safe and empowering online environment for children and young people. The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Policy and Strategic Framework for Child Online Protection (COP) seeks to address the dangerous and growing threat of exposure to physical, emotional, and social harm to the region’s children, as the use of Internet-based learning tools has accelerated since the start of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Based on and in consideration of the OECS Child Online Protection Strategy developed for the Caribbean region, under the supervision of the ITU BDT Child Online Protection Global Project Management Team, in close coordination with the COP thematic focal point of the AMS Region, and national experts in respective countries, the consultant will develop the necessary resources and tools to gather relative information for an assessment of the national context and further development of the National Strategy, related policy, legal or regulatory framework according to the needs of the country.
TERMS OF REFERENCE
The consultant will perform the following activities at the national level:
- Develop a Draft National Strategy/policy, legal or regulatory frameworks according to the country’s requirements. This includes:
- Prepare questionnaires to initially assess the National Child Online Safety including all stakeholders, the Government, the Private Sector, and Civil Society (also children, parents, and teachers), to understand perception and experience of technology and associated issues, the current legislative frameworks, capacity building programmes, hotline/helpline services, victim assistance/victim integration measures, dedicated law enforcement units and dedicated staff available in the CIRTS.
- Perform strategic desktop review of the national COP related activities, frameworks, and good practices.
- Undertake remote consultation with respective countries to validate the questionnaire responses from all stakeholders.
- Online interview stakeholders including all relevant Ministries in the country and presentation of concrete recommendations for each key area and the responsible Ministry.
- Engage with specific targeted workgroups and relevant stakeholders involved in the protection of children online (IT, Internet industry, education services, NGOs, social services, the police, UN agencies & partners) and present the recommendations developed beforehand offsite.
- Analyze all data gathered and elaboration of a draft National Online Safety Assessment Report for review. The report must include recommendations and suggestions to form the basis of a national Online Safety Strategy and Action Plan and ensure alignment with the current COP Guidelines.
2. Provide a final Document (max 100 pages per country):
The final document needs to be submitted for consent and includes comments of the National Focal Points and the ITU COP Experts. This document must include the following:
- A proposed Draft National Strategy and/or policy, regulatory or legal framework on COP and the implementation timeline based on the compiled data plus the discussions with the country focal points and stakeholders.
- The final version of the results of the analysis and information compiled on items 1 and 2.
- Incorporation of the outcome analysis as workshop inputs, to be presented and discussed, to draft the national strategy and/or related frameworks on Child Online Protection and inclusion of the final inputs from the country representatives.
- Delivery of one day of online basic training for selected stakeholder groups (four hours at least).
The consultant will provide:
- Detailed work plan in agreement with the National Focal Point. To be delivered by one week after the starting date of the contract.
- At least four specific types of Questionnaires to target and receive inputs from children, parents, industry representatives, and policymakers (in close collaboration with expert team). To be delivered by the end of the third week after the starting date of the contract.
- Draft reports on the National Online Safety Assessment, Draft National Strategy and Framework on COP, and the implementation timeline including concrete recommendations. To be delivered by the eight-week after the starting date of the contract.
- Comprehensive material for the capacity building and presentations. To be delivered by one week before the end of the contract period.
- The final report as described in item 2 of the Terms of Reference. To be submitted one week before the end of the contract period.
All deliverables will be submitted to ITU and to the National Focal Point for comments and validation for the final version.
Copyright: ITU would have copyrights on all materials presented by the consultant.
- Experience in conducting research and analysis.
- Experience in developing strategies/policies or regulatory/legal frameworks related to child (online) protection.
- Extensive knowledge and experience in the Caribbean region.
- Computer literacy (office, databases/content management systems).
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team, maintaining efficient working relationships, with sensitivity to ITU’s multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment and respect for diversity.
Education: University degree in telecommunication, social and political science, law, human rights with a specific focus on children. An advanced degree would be an advantage.
Experience: At least seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in the field relevant to the Special Service Agreement (SSA).
Languages: Knowledge of English at advanced level.
USD 280 per working day.
INFORMATION ON RECRUITMENT PROCESS
Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the ITU Careers website. The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. ITU uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.
Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided. Messages originating from a non ITU e-mail account – @itu.int – should be disregarded. ITU does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.