Commodity Expertise Specialist Office of Innovation

United Nations Children's Fund

Geneva, Switzerland

As a Commodity Expertise Specialist for Giga, your assignment will be to provide a clear understanding of the technical nuances and dynamics of the global, regional and national internet bandwidth markets, international gateways, the satellite internet market (including LEO, MEO, and GEO systems), distribution and last-mile networks. Your objective is to help Giga and the Market Influence and Procurement team to commoditize internet connectivity services for schools by 1) establishing common service requirements for school connectivity that are comparable across different regions and countries, 2) leveraging bulk purchasing in the wholesale market for internet bandwidth, 3) encouraging competition among internet service providers, among others. The Commodity Expertise Specialist will report directly to the Program Manager, Market Influence and Procurement and will collaborate closely with other technical and market experts within the team to achieve Giga's objectives.

In particular you will:

Technical Expertise:

  • Provide deep technical expertise on the various facets of internet connectivity including the movement, sale, and accounting of gigabytes across terrestrial and satellite platforms.
  • Understand and advise on spectrum management, internet traffic, and its quantification, ensuring Giga's strategies are technically sound.

Market Analysis:

  • Analyze supply and demand dynamics of connectivity commodities, especially in emerging markets.
  • Evaluate market players, pricing dynamics, and regulatory frameworks affecting the movement and pricing of gigabytes.

Technical Advisory:

  • Serve as a technical advisor to the Market Shaping and Procurement teams, ensuring that the technical aspects of internet connectivity are accurately represented in procurement strategies and negotiations.
  • Provide technical inputs during negotiations with connectivity providers and other stakeholders.

Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Engage with external technical experts, industry stakeholders, and regulatory bodies to gather insights and stay updated with the latest advancements in internet connectivity technologies and market dynamics.
  • Facilitate technical discussions with stakeholders to address challenges and explore opportunities for improving connectivity in target regions.

Reporting and Documentation:

  • Develop technical documents, reports, and presentations to communicate technical and market insights to internal teams and external stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the creation of procurement documents and negotiation strategies with technical inputs.

Cross-functional Collaboration:

  • Collaborate closely with the Market Analysis, Data Science, and Procurement teams to ensure a coherent understanding and approach towards improving market access and shaping favorable market conditions for Giga's objectives.
  • Please access the full Term of Reference (ToRs) and read a more detailed description of the assignment in this file in order to prepare your financial proposal and know more about the role: Download File Commodity Expertise Specialist (Internet Connectivity).pdf

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

  • Master’s degree in Telecommunications, Computer Science, Engineering or a related technical field. *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 substantial experience in the field of internet connectivity, spectrum management, and related technical areas.
  • Experience in procurement or market shaping within the telecommunications or internet connectivity sectors is beneficial. The ability to adapt to rapidly evolving technological and market conditions is crucial for success in this role.
  • Experience in engaging with international organizations, government entities, and private sector stakeholders is an asset.
  • Deep understanding of the technical, regulatory, and market dynamics affecting the movement and pricing of gigabytes.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in collaborative team environments.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to translate complex technical concepts into understandable terms for non-technical stakeholders.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.