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Economic Adviser - Multilateral Trade

Location: Pall Mall, London SW1
Closing date: 23 October 2019

Salary: £73,171 p.a + benefits

International trade is a crucial driver of growth, development and prosperity. To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), developing countries need an enabling global trading environment that both supports and enhances their participation in world trade.

Ahead of the next WTO Ministerial Conference in Kazakhstan in June 2020, we have an outstanding opportunity for an Economic Adviser in our Trade, Oceans and Natural Resources Directorate to support our member countries with their trade negotiations, assess the implications of new and emerging issues like digital trade, and support trade-led inclusive growth and sustainable development.

Reporting to the Head of the International Trade Policy Section, the Economic Adviser will monitor and analyse key trade-related developments at the multilateral level, especially the WTO, UNCTAD, WIPO, OECD and G20, and develop advice and recommendations to benefit Commonwealth members, especially small states, LDCs and countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The post-holder will also be responsible for taking forward the Section’s applied trade policy work in selected areas and disseminating the findings strategically for maximum impact.

The post-holder should have a mix of skills including, amongst others, knowledge of the WTO, WTO Agreements and the work programmes; familiarity with major multilateral and regional trade negotiation issues, including new and emerging issues like digital trade, and the interests of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries; ability to communicate technical analysis in a manner that would be comprehensible to different stakeholder groups; and ability to work in a team under a multicultural environment. An established network of professional contacts and relationships at the WTO, UNCTAD and/or in Geneva are highly desirable.

To be considered, you will need to have a Post-Graduate degree in Economics/International Relations/International Law with a strong applied policy research component and sound quantitative skills. Also required are: A minimum of seven years’ experience in the areas of trade policy analysis and/or trade negotiations. Experience in managing analytical and advocacy projects and familiarity with key trade-related developments and current debates on trade, development and the SDGs at the multilateral level.

We are the inter-governmental body of the Commonwealth, comprising 53 sovereign states. Our aim is to provide sustainable 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 ability to add global value.

To join us, you must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country. If you feel that you are suitable for the role, please apply using the buttons below.

Closing date: 23 October 2019, 1700hrs BST    

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