Want to Apply for ‘CIO of India’ Vacancy? Here’s What the Job Might Look Like.

Moneycontrol recently ran the news that the Indian government could soon create a CIO role under Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in 2018. Though the news is yet to be officially confirmed, we couldn’t have been more excited. If confirmed, this would be nothing less than a prophecy coming true.


Back in 2014 and 2015, dynamicCIO ran a special campaign envisaging the role of ‘CIO of India’ and took the first step in building this exalted dream and ambitious position. It all started with this blog: Mr. CIO, Would You Like to Take Up This Job?, wherein we first floated the idea/suggestion of creating a position of CIO for the country and outlined the key responsibilities, challenges and opportunities that such a role would entail.


We even got two of the country’s leading CIOs (one of whom has since moved to an entrepreneurial role) to imagine themselves as CIO of India and pen down their IT strategy for the country. In the first of the series, V S Parathasarathy, CFO and Group CIO, Mahindra & Mahindra jots down his agenda for the ‘First 100 days’ as the CIO of India in Part 1 of the blog and his top six priorities in this coveted position in Part 2 of the blog. Meanwhile, Arun Gupta, who was then the CIO of Cipla, explains his vision, mission and what he brings to the table in his blog.


Coming back to the news report, the CIO role will be responsible for integrating IT strategies and policies related to various departments and is likely to be placed under the PMO. While the country has been able to manage so far without such a position, it might not be possible to do so going forward in a post – Aadhaar era. In light of the government planning to interlink financial transactions and technology backend with the Aadhaar number, a nodal figure to drive a centralized technology vision and strategy will be key.


Some of the countries that already have a government CIO include U.S., New Zealand, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia among others. As governments become more dependent on technology, the CIO position is becoming more common, especially in countries with many large and strategic e-governance projects.


Considering its stature, this vacancy will likely evoke interest from some of the leading CIOs from across the corporate world. So, for all my CIO friends who might be interested in applying for this position, I’ve collated the core responsibilities of a few similar job profiles worldwide to give some insights into what the job might look like.


Country: New Zealand

Profile: Government Chief Digital Officer (Previously called the Government CIO)



·      Setting policy, direction and standards for government ICT

·      Improving ICT investment management system-wide

·      Establishing and managing all-of-government ICT services

·      Shaping and developing government ICT capability

·      Providing ICT Assurance across government


Country: U.S.

Profile: U.S. CIO



·      Monitoring the year-to-year performance improvement of Federal Government programs

·      Attracting and retaining a high-performance IT workforce

·      Optimizing Federal Government information resources and investments

·      Aligning IT solutions with Federal enterprise business processes

·      Adopting and sharing best IT management practices

·      Managing risk and ensuring privacy and security


Country: Singapore

Profile: Government CIO



·      Champion the whole-of-government ICT initiatives to maintain Singapore Government's leadership position as an innovative user of infocom technologies to delight customers and connect citizens.

·      Oversee the Singapore Government’s central information technology systems and infrastructure

·      Drive the development and delivery of innovative public services for citizens and businesses in partnership with ministries and agencies.


Country: Malaysia

Profile: Government CIO



·      To act as a change agent through the alignment of the public sector ICT strategic plan with the requirements of the national development plan.

       a.    To drive Public Sector ICT Strategic Plan.
       b.    To strengthen Public Sector ICT governance.
       a.    To drive adoption of Enterprise Architecture (EA) in public sector.
       b.    To drive suitable regulations/policies/standards/good practices in the implementation of Electronic Government.
       c.    To steer the implementation of ICT shared services in public sector.
       a.    To drive visionaries of ICT programs in public sector.
       a.    To identify new generation services.
       b.    To drive information sharing towards cross-agency services.


·      To strengthen ICT policy, standards and practice.


·      To encourage ICT acculturation in the Public Sector service delivery system.

·      To innovate in electronic government applications, infrastructure and ICT security.



If you are up to the challenge of graduating from being the CIO of a billion-dollar company to being the CIO of a country of a billion people, do write in to us, telling us why you consider yourself to be best suited for this job.

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