Information about the recruitment of ITU Experts for field missions
One important activity of the ITU is to render technical assistance in telecommunications to its Members upon their request. This
assistance is provided by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) and often takes the form of executing a project or visiting a country during a limited period to study a given subject or to give advice. To this aim the ITU, through the BDT Expert Service, recruits experts for specific tasks.
Once the requirements (area and level of experience needed, languages requested, etc.) are defined, vacancy notices are established and published worldwide via telecommunication organisations and UNDP offices who are responsible for wider dissemination of the vacancy notices.
The services of experts are usually requested in various fields of speciality such as radio and satellite communications, switching, network, transmission, mobile communications, administrative restructuring, regulatory policy, telephone billing, etc.
As the trend has evolved over the years from long-term assistance to very short missions for specific high-level expertise, a
computerized roster of experts classified by telecommunication speciality is maintained at the ITU to allow for rapid identification of specialists to meet urgent requests. Applications to be included in this roster are welcome at any time, independent of any publication of vacancy notices.
Highly qualified candidatures only are presented by the ITU to the requesting country which has the prerogative of the final
choice and the selected candidate will be recruited by the ITU under the terms (including benefits and salaries) and conditions established by the United Nations System.
Working as an expert is a challenging and rewarding experience as it involves, at the same time, getting closer to the technique and closer to people. The experts play an important role in helping to reduce distances and bring people together by means of telephone, telefax, telematics, radio and TV. ITU experts have been working in nearly all developing countries of the world.