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Head of Hubs and Spokes Programme

Location: Pall Mall, London SW1
Closing date: 4 August 2017
Contract duration: Fixed-term contract until 27 February 2019

£87,571pa + benefits 

Since 2004, the European Commission (EC), the Commonwealth Secretariat and Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) have recognised the scale of the trade development challenges facing many ACP member countries and provided assistance through The Hub and Spokes Project. The Commonwealth Secretariat is responsible for the implementation of the Hub and Spokes Project in Eastern and Southern Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific regions as well as at the African Union Commission.

The overall goal of the Hub and Spokes Project is to contribute to sustainable economic development and poverty reduction in ACP countries through closer regional integration and increased participation in the global economy. This will be achieved by enhancing the capacity of ACP countries to formulate suitable trade policy, participate effectively in international trade negotiations and implement international trade agreements.

As Head of Hub and Spokes Project you will provide leadership to the Hub and Spokes Project, including managing ‘Hubs’ (Regional Trade Advisers) and ‘Spokes’ (Trade Advisers) deployed across ACP countries, and a small team based in London. You will provide day-to-day oversight of the project, intellectual leadership and guidance on trade policy issues related to the activities of the Hub and Spokes Project. You will lead the preparation of technical and financial reports, both internal and to the European Commission, in accordance with the Grant Agreement.

To be considered for the role you will need to have a post-graduate qualification in Economics, Business Administration, International Trade Law or a related discipline, a minimum of 10 years working experience in project design and delivery with proven track record of dealing with regional and/or international trade issues, well-developed analytical and people management skills, and a working Knowledge of Economic Partnership Agreements and the Doha Development Agenda

You must be able to operate effectively in our multi-cultural setting and be a national of a Commonwealth country.

We are the inter-governmental body of the Commonwealth, comprising 52 sovereign states. Our aim is to provide sustainable and people-centred democratic culture and development through professional advice, transfer of best practice, and the enhancement of skills and knowledge, all to the betterment of over two billion citizens. Our efforts are concentrated where we have a clear advantage to add global value.

Closing date: 17:00 BST, 4 August 2017

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