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  • UNICEF in Panama City, , Panama
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**Job no**: 570899
• *Contract type**: Consultant
• *Duty Station**: Panama City
• *Level**: Consultancy
• *Location**: Panama
• *Categories**: Innovation

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.
• *_ Readvertisement: applicants who had previously applied will be considered and need not re-apply._**
• *For every child...Innovate**

UNICEF has a 70-year history of innovating for children. We believe that new approaches, partnerships and technologies that support realizing children’s rights are critical to improving their lives.

The **Office of Innovation** is a creative, interactive, and agile team in UNICEF. We sit at a unique intersection, where an organization that works on huge global issues... meets the start-up thinking, the technology, and the partners that turn this energy into scalable solutions.
• *About Giga**

Launched in 2019 as a joint initiative between UNICEF and ITU, **Giga** has set the ambitious goal to connect every school in the world to the internet. Half of the world’s population has no regular access to the Internet. Millions of children leave school without any digital skills, making it much more difficult for them to thrive and contribute to local and global economies. This has created a digital divide between those who are connected and those who are not, a divide that has become even wider during the Covid-19 pandemic. UNICEF and ITU have therefore joined forces to create **Giga**, an initiative to connect every school in the world to the Internet and address this new form of inequality.
• *Giga** focuses on connecting schools so that children and young people have access to information, opportunity, and choice. It also uses schools as anchor points for their surrounding communities: if you connect the school, you can also connect local businesses and services. This creates opportunities for service providers to generate revenue from paying users, making connectivity more sustainable. A 2021 report by the Economist Intelligence Unit found that a 10% increase in school connectivity can increase effective years of schooling by 0.6% and increase GDP per capita by 1.1%.
• *How can you make a difference?**

Under the leadership of the Global Giga Procurement and Market Shaping Lead, matrixed to the Chief of Education in Panama and the Regional Advisor on Education in Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Office (LACRO), the Giga Connectivity Solutions Market Specialist will support UNICEF LACRO and UNICEF Panama to engage with the telecommunications industry and other key stakeholders (ITU, regulators, national innovation and service delivery agencies, among others) in the region to develop and implement strategies aimed at improving countries’ market access to affordable, high-quality, meaningful and sustainable school connectivity.
• *Key responsibilities include**:
• *In UNICEF Panama Country Office** (80% of time)
- Conduct thorough market research to understand current pricing structures in the Red Nacional de Multiservicios, as well as in the open market, and identify opportunities for cost reduction in school connectivity.
- Provide expert advice on technical specifications and service requirements unique to school connectivity to better define this service essential for children’s educational development within the Red Nacional de Multiservicios.
- Develop and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders, including government agencies (e.g., Ministry of Education, Ministry of the Presidency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Communications, AIG, ASEP, among others), service providers, and other relevant parties for connecting schools.
- Conduct an investigation or analysis on the process and laws to update the new contract of the National Multiservice Network, to propose improvements in the laws, or a new process if necessary.
- Develop and coordinate the implementation of a comprehensive strategy for contracting school connectivity, focusing on expanding the industry suppliers available to deliver connectivity for schools, cost reduction and service optimization, including school-specific KPIs and SLAs to be considered within the Red Nacional de Multiservicios.
- Develop connectivity financing models in coordination with the Giga global teams.
- Support the deployment of Giga’s monitoring tools and connectivity performance data-sharing requirements with the industry to assess the quality of internet services, and ensure the service is delivered accordingly to the SLAs defined in the contracts.
- Support the Panama office in other defined GIGA or innovation initiatives.
• *In LACRO** (20% of time)
- Lead the technical explorations around connectivity monitoring data, acco
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