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Cybersecurity Project Officer (Cyber4Good)

Vacancy notice no: 711 Sector: BDT Department: DNS Country of contract: Switzerland Duty station: Geneva

Position number: PROJ-5060 Grade: P2 Type of contract: Project Duration of contract: 1 year Recruitment open to: External Application deadline (Midnight Geneva Time): 18 August 2022


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 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’.


Under close supervision of the Senior Cybersecurity Coordinator, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Manage the creation and maintenance of the Cyber4Good platform with tools, services, trainings offered to LDCs by the participating ITU sector members, including advisory-consulting firms, participating ITU Member States, IGOs, IOs, NGOs, and other willing sector members and organizations under ITU existing initiatives such as P2C, C2R, GIGA, Equals, and other.
  • Liaise with country focal points and regional thematic priority focal points for the rollout of capacity development projects related to the Cyber4Good initiative, through following up and aiding as requested by Member States.
  • Define the design and elaborate a roadmap for the introduction of a Governance Model for the Cybersecurity Capacity Development Fund and the Cyber4Good initiative through an Advisory Board.

  • Elaborate a feasibility study for the establishment of a Cybersecurity Capacity Development Fund and deliver a draft framework for the establishment of the Fund to be presented to BDT Management and other internal stakeholders, ensuring an alignment to the work of the P2C Digital Coalition efforts.
  • Plan and execute the related work while ensuring an effective delivery of support services by carrying out follow up activities, including internal and external coordination and liaising with other thematic priority coordinators if required.
  • Facilitate the rollout of capacity development and assistance as requested by Member States.
  • Identify tools and approaches to monitor the implementation and evaluate the outcomes of the ongoing activities and events related to the implementation of the project.
  • Prepare and propose presentations, briefings, background papers to assist in the coordination of the cybersecurity related activities, operational aspects of events’ planning, design, preparation, implementation and respond to external and internal queries on the Cyber4Good initiative
  • Carry out research and monitor the membership outreach and engagement initiatives, mainstreaming opportunities for engagement within projects, initiatives, programs, and other platforms for collaboration
  • Contribute to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g., draft background papers, presentations, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies
  • Work with the Partnership for Digital Development Department of ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau to mobilize in-kind and in-cash contributions from participant partners to the beneficiary countries of the project to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Cyber4Good Initiative
  • Undertake travel missions and perform other related duties as assigned.



Applying Expertise; Effective Communication; Learning and Knowledge Sharing; Organizational Commitment; Results-Focused, and; Teamwork and Collaboration.


Analysis, Judgement and Decision Making

Client and Service Orientation

Innovation and Facilitating Change


Networking and Building Partnerships

Planning and Organising

Successful Management


Good skills in cybersecurity governance, critical information infrastructure protection and cyber risk management at the national and international level. Good knowledge of cybersecurity capacity building and cybersecurity trends related to digital economy and emerging technologies. Knowledge of UN procedures and processes and first experience in Programming, Project development and coordination is desirable. Excellent communication skills and ability to coordinate activities. Good editing skills and ability to produce quality reports and documentation in English.



University degree in international relations, Communications, Computer Technology or a related field OR education from a reputed college of advanced education, with a diploma of equivalent standard to that of a university degree in one of the fields above.


At least three years of progressively responsible experience in the field of the post. An advanced degree in a related field can be considered as a substitute for one year of working experience. A doctorate in a related field can be considered as a substitute for two years of working experience. Experience in developing survey and conducting data analysis. Proficiency in international relations, national cybersecurity strategies and experience working with countries is an advantage.


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.)


Salary: Total annual salary consists of a net annual salary (net of taxes and before medical insurance and pension fund deductions) in US dollars and a post adjustment (PA) (cost of living allowance). The PA is variable and subject to change without notice in accordance with the rates as set within the UN Common System for salaries and allowances.

Annual salary from $ 47,895 + post adjustment $ 34,580

Other allowances and benefits subject to specific terms of appointment, please refer to (link)-we-offer/?locale=en_US



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 – – should be disregarded. ITU does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

ITU applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. ITU is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization. Achieving gender balance is a high priority for ITU.

Tags: beneficiary countries, capacity development, climate change, communication systems, data analysis, development projects, international relations, knowledge sharing, risk management, satellite orbits, support services, technical cooperation, trainings