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Technology Policy Development Specialist -Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Closing Date: 8 December 2022

Job Description

Duration: Indeterminate appointment
Category and Level: T3, Step I (mid-level)

General Background

The OEC: The Organisation of Educational Cooperation (OEC) is an international intergovernmental organisation, founded in January 2020 by countries from across the Global South, to “contribute to the equitable, just, and prosperous social transformation of societies by promoting balanced and inclusive education, in order to attain the fundamental rights to liberty, justice, dignity, sustainability, social cohesion, and material and immaterial security for the peoples of the world”.

The main functions of the Department of Technological Innovation and Digitalisation Enhancement (TIDE) are to:

  1. Develop advanced, open-source, customisable software and digital platforms for Member States that support access to knowledge, the production of learning resources, and more efficient governance;
  2. Building institutional capacities in technology use and development;
  3. Reinforce the digital infrastructure of Member States; and
  4. Support the development of endogenous technologies.

Role Summary

Under the overall authority of the Secretary-General, the guidance of the Under-Secretary-General for TIDE and the supervision of the Chief of Section – Endogenous Technology and Digital Infrastructure, the Technology Policy Development Specialist is responsible for the support of Member States in the formulation of new policies and strategies conducive to innovation, digital uptake, and technology development. This position provides the unique opportunity of joining the core team of a new international organisation, contributing to its lasting construction and influencing its future trajectory.

Duties

  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research and comparative analyses of existing technology policies, strategies, and regulatory frameworks in Member States;
  • Collate best practices, with a focus on contextual relevance, in public policy for technology development, innovation, and digital uptake;
  • Research, draft, and oversee the distribution of ideas and strategies that advance democratic, contextual, and inclusive technology policy;
  • Develop timely and contextual policy and regulatory framework recommendations for Member States;
  • Identify risks and develop mitigation strategies in digital technology deployment, in particular through regulatory frameworks in term of technology-vulnerabilities, data protection and user privacy;
  • Perform other duties as required.

Competencies

  • Strong proven experience of liaising with stakeholders (i.e., policymakers, technology companies, non-governmental organisations);
  • Excellent interpersonal, diplomatic and cross-cultural communication skills with a proven track record;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong methodical, systemic, and strategic thinking skills and ability to develop long-term strategies;
  • Ability to operate sensitively and effectively in a multicultural environment and deal with cross-cultural sensitivity;
  • Ability to withstand and work effectively within stressful situations.

Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) related to international development, technology, or other related fields;
  • Five years of relevant professional work experience in policy development and technology.

Language Requirements

Candidate must at least be fluent in English. Additional knowledge of one or more other official languages (French, Arabic, Spanish) is an asset.

HOW TO APPLY

This position is open to international applicants.
All applications must be sent to HRE@OEC-OCE.ORG and must include:

  1. Subject line: “TIDE ETDI TPD – Application”
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Letter of Motivation
  4. Any other relevant information

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