Salary: £29,070 p.a + benefits
The Commonwealth Secretariat is proud to support youth empowerment through our Young Professionals Programme (YPP). The YPP creates multiple opportunities for talented and qualified young people from across the Commonwealth to contribute to our core work through the transference of technical expertise, innovative ideas, specialist knowledge, and fresh perspectives.
If you’re passionate about exploring how trade can drive prosperity or help tackle global crises from climate change to COVID-19, we have an outstanding opportunity for an Assistant Research Officer in our International Trade Policy (ITP) Section.
Reporting to the Adviser and Head of Section, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing the ITP Section with technical and administrative support for the delivery of analytical work, the organisation of advocacy meetings and capacity building workshops, and the preparation and documentation of policy work. The post-holder will also undertake policy research and provide support to the team in key areas of the Section’s trade policy work.
Other responsibilities entailed in this role include (but are not limited to):
• Assisting the ITP Section with literature reviews, data analysis, information gathering and analytical work on trade and trade-related development issues;
• Working with the relevant Advisers in conducting analysis on multilateral and regional trade negotiation issues of interest to member countries;
• Assisting the ITP Section in the preparatory processes for major publication projects and their dissemination;
• Assisting the Section in preparing analytical and briefing papers on issues of interest, such as multilateral and regional trade negotiations, supply chains, South-South trade, and other trade-related emerging and development issues;
• Assisting with and conducting other trade-related research as required, and contributing to speeches, presentations and talking points for senior officials.
To be considered you must have a degree in Economics, International Trade or a related discipline, and at least one year of work experience in the areas of Economics or International Trade. Candidates who have obtained a relevant post-graduate qualification, and have good data analysis/quantitative skills and familiarity with using software like Excel, including its functions and formulas, will have an added advantage.
The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 member governments and provides guidance on policy making, technical assistance and advisory services to Commonwealth member countries. We support governments to help achieve sustainable, inclusive and equitable development.
To join us, you must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country aged 27 years or younger at the date applications close.
Please apply by submitting a CV and cover letter. Covering letters should be structured to address the key criteria required in the person specification, giving clear examples.
Closing date: 30 September 2021, 1700hrs BST