Ofcom

  • International Policy Principal

    ID
    2018-1744
    Location(s)
    UK-
    Group
    Strategy, International, Technology, Economists
    Salary Details
    competitive
    Job Type
    Full or Part Time – Permanent (including flexible working arrangements)
    Job Level
    Principal
    Contract Duration
    -
    Closing Date
    18/07/2018
  • About the Job

    Ofcom’s activities and those of the organisations it regulates are increasingly influenced by international developments. In the light of this, we devote significant resources to international engagement in the areas of electronic communications, spectrum, consumer, content, internet and postal matters.

     

    We do this with the following objectives in mind:

     

    • To ensure that Ofcom performs its statutory duties in line with international requirements
    • To influence policy development and decisions in international fora to help ensure they are practical, proportionate and best serve the interests of UK citizens and consumers
    • To learn from the experiences of our colleagues in other countries, and
    • To provide a strategic context for UK communications policy reflective of the European and international environment.

    What you will be doing

    This role will involve:

     

     

    supporting Ofcom’s international telecommunications and Internet policy work (including leading on international regulatory debates and initiatives, and advising the organisation on the international dimension of domestic initiatives), and  

    providing support to Ofcom’s representation of the UK in the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Standardisation Sector (ITU-T).

     

    The post holder will also be expected to contribute to Ofcom’s other international work and support the international team’s wider strategic engagement activities, working closely with colleagues both internally and externally.

     

     

    1. International Telecoms and Internet Policy and Regulation

     

     

    The successful candidate will play a key role in the delivery of the telecommunications components of Ofcom’s international policy development and engagement programme. Key responsibilities include:

    • Representing Ofcom in the development of telecommunications and Internet policy at European and international levels, including taking a leadership role in international policy debates
    • Subject to UK government decisions in the context of Brexit, leading on the implementation of the European Electronic Communications Code (the Code) both within Ofcom and with the UK government, and leading on telecommunications policy aspects of Brexit discussions.
    • Coordinating Ofcom’s international intelligence gathering and understanding of other jurisdictions, and of global trends in telecommunications and Internet policy and regulation.
    • Playing an instrumental role in the development of Ofcom’s own strategic thinking around telecommunications and Internet policy and regulation.
    • Cultivating relationships with European counterparts (BEREC and its members, the European Commission and other European bodies), and leading Ofcom’s representation in BEREC on the implementation of EU telecommunications regulation (in particular in relation to the Code).
    •  Developing relationships with wider international stakeholders (including regional and global fora, and regulatory counterparts around the world) on issues of common interest around telecommunications and Internet policy and regulation.
    • Liaising with the UK Government and agreeing UK negotiating lines on relevant telecommunications and Internet policy matters, both within Europe and beyond.
    • Developing and cultivating relationships with UK stakeholders on international telecommunications and Internet policy issues of relevance to them.
    •  Attending (and representing Ofcom at) relevant international conferences.
    •  Contributing across all Ofcom’s international activities to ensure a coordinated and effective approach.

     

    2. ITU-T representation

     

     

     

    The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is the UN agency responsible for the global oversight of telecoms/ICT policies and standards. The work is undertaken in three autonomous Sectors: the ITU Standardisation Sector (ITU-T); the Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) and the Development Sector (ITU-D). ITU-T creates global standards for electronic communication networks, equipment and services: current areas of interest include internet related policy issues, 5G architecture, IoT, OTT and telecoms numbering.

     

    The four-yearly World Telecommunication Standardisation Assembly (WTSA) oversees the direction and outputs of ITU-T, and the last WTSA meeting was held in October 2016. The Telecommunications Advisory Group (TSAG) meets at approximately nine-month intervals to review and advise on the outputs of ITU-T while a number of Study Groups are responsible for developing standards (‘Recommendations’). In accordance with a Ministerial Direction, Ofcom leads for the UK Administration at meetings of ITU-T (including WTSA).

    Key Respnsibities Include:

    • Co-ordinating UK engagement in TSAG and ITU-T Study Groups with Government and relevant UK stakeholders, ensuring UK interests are effectively represented and keeping a watching brief across developments in the Study Groups.
    • Representing the UK at meetings of the ITU-T Advisory Group (TSAG) and influencing the work of ITU-T to take appropriate account of UK priorities and interests.
    • Identifying telecom/ ICT issues being discussed in ITU-T which are of interest to Ofcom and Government, and working with international partners to develop positions for upcoming meetings in line with with UK interests. This will include representing UK at relevant European meetings (which take place within CEPT). .

    • In the years when a WTSA is held, to lead the UK preparation for, and the UK Delegation at, the WTSA.

     

     3. Other

    The Successful candidate will also input, as appropriate, to other activities oif the international team (e.g. managing international vicit requests, providing briefs for senior managment  etc.)

     

     

     

     

    Essential Skills / Experience

    • Expertise and practical experience of the telecomunications sector, including a strong understanding of economic regulation, wider regulatory, public policy and commercial issues and debates such as net neutrality, as well as the role that telecoms standards play in the ongoing development of the sector.
    • Expertise and practical experience of debates around the regulation of and commercial practices on the internet, including the regulatory treatment of online communications services, ISPs' commercial practices (e.g. net neutrality, zero-rating and peering and interconnection), and the roles played by CDNs, internet exchanges, the domain name system and IP address allocation and use policies.
    • Understanding of the UK regulatory environment and how Ofcom’s international work contributes to the achievement of Ofcom’s strategic priorities.
    • Excellent networking and interpersonal skills, including the ability to build and maintain effective working relationships internally and with a range of external organisations such as HMG, industry and other regulators.
    • Ability to spot early opportunities and threats for Ofcom policy development arising as a consequence of discussions among international bodies and stakeholders and to formulate and deliver an effective Ofcom strategy in response.
    • Demonstrated experience in handling a variety of stakeholders in multi-cultural environments.
    • Excellent project management and organisational skills. Ability to lead major multidisciplinary project teams (involving technical experts, policy makers, lawyers etc.) and juggle a varied workload.
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to master complex economic and technical issues to the extent sufficient to engage in debate with international interlocutors, and cut through complex issues to see the wider picture.
    • First-rate negotiating and diplomatic skills with proven ability to influence and persuade others.
    • Outstanding written and oral communication skills and the ability to explain complex arguments simply, persuasively and succinctly to a variety of audiences.
    • A concise drafting style, able to produce high-quality briefs, correspondence and minutes in plain English.
    • Ability to motivate and lead colleagues, both through project work and direct line management.
    • Willingness to travel, mainly but not exclusively in Europe (this may require occasional absences of several weeks duration).

    Desirable Skills / Experience

    • Understanding of the responsibilities and working methods of CEPT and ITU.

    • Experience of line management.

    • Knowledge of a language other than English would be an advantage.

    Further Information

    Ofcom offers competitive salaries plus pensions and flexible benefits package. If you would like to apply, write stating your suitability for the role, current salary and enclose a CV to applications@ofcom.org.uk or by post to:  The HR Department, Ofcom, Riverside House, 2a Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 9HA

     

    Ofcom is an equal opportunities employer. It wishes to reflect the diversity of contemporary UK society and is therefore actively seeking to recruit colleagues from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds as well as those who have a disability.

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