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International Telecommunication Union

ITU  is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Project Officer in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Job Description

  • Job Title: Project Officer


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. ITU also organizes global Telecom events bringing together the most influential representatives of government and the private sector to exchange ideas and knowledge for the benefit of all.

Project Officer

Vacancy notice no: 1540 Sector: TSB Department: SGD Country of contract: Ethiopia Duty station: Addis Ababa

Position number: Grade: P2 Type of contract: Short-term Duration of contract: 11 months Recruitment open to: External Application deadline (Midnight Geneva Time): 15 April 2024


The Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) fulfills the objectives of the Union relating to telecommunication standardization, by providing secretariat support to groups studying technical, operating and tariff questions and facilitating the adoption of Recommendations in these areas with a view to standardizing telecommunications and information technology on a global basis. In order to achieve these objectives, the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau works in accordance with the instructions of the World Telecommunication Standardization Assemblies (WTSA), Telecommunication Standardization Study Groups and the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group. TSB, headed by an elected Director, provides the technical, administrative and logistic support for the assemblies and for the meetings of the groups mentioned.

The Study Groups Department (SGD) is responsible for facilitating, managing and supporting the work of the ITU-T study groups in the development of global telecommunication standards (ITU-T Recommendations) and other documents and databases related to standardization. It provides the counsel and secretariat for the Sector’s study groups, focus groups and other ad hoc groups. Particular attention is given to “Bridging the Standardization Gap”, i.e., to strengthen the participation of developing countries in the standards making process. The Department maintains close relations with the ITU Radiocommunication and Telecommunication Development Sectors and takes part in their work as required. Likewise, it cooperates with other global standards organizations such as ISO and IEC as well as recognized industry forums and consortia.


Under the supervision of the Programme Coordinator responsible for digital financial inclusion and the DFS Security Lab activities, the duties to be performed are as follows:

  • Coordinate with ITU regional offices and telecom regulators in emerging economies to promote the Digital Financial Services (DFS) Security Lab to ITU Member States.
  • Review, update and maintain in line with latest development in the field, the manuals used for the methodology for testing mobile payment applications.
  • Conduct security assessments on mobile payment applications used in emerging economies and cyber resilience assessment of digital finance critical infrastructure in emerging economies.
  • Conduct studies on and monitor the adoption of the DFS Security recommendations in emerging economies.
  • Prepare reports and presentations on the security audits and tests conducted on mobile payment applications in the Lab.
  • Prepare materials for the presentations to be conducted for the security clinics and for knowledge transfer programmes for setting up the DFS Security Lab in developing and low-income countries. eHwMu0A DlYH2R
  • Develop content for e-learning materials on the DFS Security recommendations aimed at DFS regulators, Mobile Network operators and DFS providers.
  • Deliver presentations about the Digital Financial Services Security Lab during DFS Security Clinics and related ITU events.
  • Perform other duties as required.


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


Innovation and Facilitating Change

Planning and Organising


  • Research skills and ability to analyze complex information and present it in simplified manner.
  • Good writing skills and ability to produce high quality reports and documentation.
  • Excellent coordination and organizational skills, with ability to work under pressure and handle multiple activities and projects concurrently.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to maintain working relations across organizational boundaries and in a multi-cultural environment, with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • In-depth knowledge of mobile network security, encryption technologies, application security in mobile phone environments, USSD and STK and security of payment system infrastructure.
  • Knowledge of security for Android and IOS applications would be an advantage.



University degree in computer science, engineering, cybersecurity 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 IT security or designing security for mobile payments infrastructure and applications. 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 conducting security audits/tests of mobile payment and fintech applications would be an advantage.

Experience of using PowerBI would be desirable.


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.)


This temporary opportunity is available to individuals residing locally.


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.

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