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CTO opens fellowship call for 2019 - ITREALMS

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) has opened a call for applications for the 2018 - 2019 Commonwealth Professional Fellowships, reports ITREALMS

The scheme supports mid-career professionals from developing member countries of the Commonwealth to spend three months with a UK host organisation, such as the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), on a professional development programme.

The CTO will host fellows who will be working on number of ICT projects and application is open until 3 December 2018.

These projects will focus on emerging ICT related areas including "Universal Service Obligation (USO) Study –During the recent Commonwealth ICT Ministers Forum in London in June 2018, the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) was mandated to conduct a study to understand how or whether CTO member countries have deployed USO frameworks. In addition, the project aims to understand challenges facing many countries in terms of achieving USO goals and plans for the future. The project will draw on work done by other nations to understand trends in the field and identify examples of where the USO funds have been utilized to substantially increase broadband access.

"Digital Currencies Regulation - This projects aims to identify emerging issues and challenges relating to digital currencies regulation and propose a framework that can be adopted across Commonwealth countries, to enable use of good practice in regulating digital currencies. These considerations will include, and not limited to - exchanges, trading and mining; crowdfunding and ICOs; and emerging financial products. 

"Critical Information Infrastructure Protection - This project aims to develop a national framework that can be adopted for Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (CIIP) for the Commonwealth countries such that all stakeholders understand how to identify, assess the risk and secure their CII; understand their roles and responsibilities in executing a holistic and coordinated approach to protecting CII services from cyber disruptions; and ultimately be able to better secure their cyberspace. 

"ICT Capacity Development Programme - This project aims to restructure the Programme for Development & Training (PDT) at the CTO, in order to enable the CTO deliver improved and effective ICT training to its members. The fellow will review the current PDT programme, its procedures and processes, and liaise with CTO stakeholders, including Liaison Officers (LOs) from PDT members. The review will produce a proposed revised framework for the PDT programme. 

"Improving ICT Sector Stakeholder Engagement - Being a fast-evolving field, ICTs require strong and effective engagement amongst stakeholders. Stakeholders involved in ICT at national level, need to be constantly updated about the developments in the sector so that their impact can be properly assessed. 

"The two key strategies at the CTO include the use of membership action plan (MAP) and facilitating links between stakeholders themselves. The fellow will identify emerging issues and challenges relating to CTO membership and how to improve CTO’s membership and communications strategy and benefits to its members. 

Uboshe Uboshe/GEE

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