Senior Trade for Development Adviser (Ref. CHETDPA72)

Senior Trade for Development Adviser (Ref. CHETDPA72)
The UK Mission to the United Nations in Geneva is part of a world-wide network, representing British political,
economic and consular interests overseas and is looking for a Senior Trade for Development Adviser for the
Economic and Growth team.
The next few years will be crucial for international development policy. In 2015 the global development agenda
for the next 15 to 20 years will be shaped, by agreements on the UN Post 2015 Development goals, Financing
for Development objectives and Climate Change targets. On trade the 10th World Trade Organisation (WTO)
Ministerial Conference will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, followed by UNCTAD XIV Ministerial conference in
Lima, in 2016.
This is an exciting, intellectually stimulating and challenging role at the UK Mission, offering an opportunity to
shape UK and EU development policy, particularly in the trade for development area, and help influence over
£1 billion per year worth of UK aid for trade programmes, being implemented in the poorest and most
vulnerable countries.
The successful candidate will join a small and busy team of five that leads on the Mission’s economic and
growth work. The Team oversees the UK’s relations with a range of multilateral organisations including the
WTO, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), International Trade Centre (ITC) and World
Intellectual Property Office (WIPO), together with a range of other agencies, think-tanks and NGOs.
S/he will work on delivering the UK Government’s development and trade objectives in Geneva, working closely
with the Trade Policy Unit in London, which is a joint unit comprising officials from the Department for
International Development (DFID), Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), and the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office (FCO). This will be a high profile job, which requires interaction with and providing policy
advice to technical policy leads, senior officials and Ministers in London; and productively working with
colleagues in UKREP Brussels, and DFID country offices and the rest of FCO’s diplomatic network. You will
have the honour of representing and speaking on behalf of the UK government at international organisations,
conferences and multi-donor forums.
Main Duties / Responsibilities
Tasks include, but are not limited to those outlined below.
1. Trade Negotiations and Development (25%):
In the lead up to the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) 10 Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, follow, report on
and provide strategic and concise analysis on, the Post Bali Ministerial work programme to finalise the rest of
the Doha Development Round, particularly on the development aspects across the various negotiating areas
(e.g. agriculture, non-agricultural market access and services trade). This will have a specific focus on issues
affecting Least Developed and Low Income Countries, such as special and differential treatment, technical
assistance and capacity building (or aid for trade).
Provide advice and analysis on the development aspects of bilateral, plurilateral and regional trade agreements
(those inside and outside the WTO’s remit), and how these can be multilateral-ised, as part of policy
discussions at forums in Geneva.
2. Aid for Trade programmes (45%):
Monitor, report on and provide advice and analysis on the performance, and value for money of DFID funded
aid for trade agencies and programmes in Geneva. In addition, using your development experience, you will be
helping drive performance, identify and manage risks and opportunities for DFID policy and programme leads.
And you will be keeping a watching brief on other trade related agencies, think-tanks and NGOs to inform DFID
colleagues of any issues, opportunities and events of policy interest. You will lead on the organisation and
delivery of some visits by UK Government officials.
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3. Influencing and Networking (25%):
In order to implement the tasks and responsibilities above effectively, you will need to be able to influence
partners by building and maintaining close and productive relationships with key contacts among developed
and developing countries, the EU delegation, and experts from various international organisations. Contribute
to policy thinking, briefings and other correspondence related to UK, EU and international trade and
development policy making.
4. Supporting wider team and Mission corporate business (5%):
From time to time, you will provide holiday cover for team members, and participate in corporate events to
ensure the smooth running of the Mission, particularly during senior/Ministerial visits and major conferences.
You will take on a corporate responsibility in the office, such as serving on one of the various cross-Mission
Required Experience & Skills
Knowledge (35%) – You need to have extensive knowledge of international development policy and
practice, especially related to trade and development policy, and aid for trade programmes. You need to
have a relevant university degree, ideally in economics, international trade, or development studies or a
related field. You will need to demonstrate knowledge of the workings of the WTO and the EU.
Experience (40%) – You will need to demonstrate at least 4 years relevant work experience, especially
field / country experience of development policy and programme work, ideally trade/economic/private
sector related; either with a government development cooperation ministry, international organisations, or
civil society. Your practical experience should include: designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating
development programmes.
Skills (25%) – You should have a strong command of the English language, able to articulate yourself
effectively as you will be representing the UK government. In addition you should have excellent drafting
skills, and able to take notes quickly, providing clear and concise reports and analysis on trade,
development and economic policy and programme issues. You should be able to demonstrate good public
speaking and presentation skills. Qualifications in monitoring and evaluation, and project management
would be a plus, but successful experience of doing these is more important.
You need to be proactive and have a positive and can-do attitude. In addition you need to have good
judgement, strategic (planning ahead) thinking skills; and be a team player. And able to effectively
communicate and engage with internal and external partners of all backgrounds and professional seniority.
You should have high levels of political skills to understand and influence the policy environment your work
is in; and be able to manage differing UK stakeholders’ interests both in the UK government and externally.
French language competency is desirable. Competence in other official UN/WTO languages is welcomed.
Proficient in the following FCO key competences:
 Making Effective Decisions: Effectiveness in this area is about being objective; using sound
judgement, evidence and knowledge to provide accurate, expert and professional advice.
Collaborating and Partnering: People skilled in this area create and maintain positive, professional
and trusting working relationships with a wide range of people within and outside the Civil Service to
help get business done.
Delivering Value for Money: Delivering value for money involves the efficient, effective and economic
use of taxpayers‟ money in the delivery of public services.
Engaging Internationally: Effectiveness in this area is about leading internationally, engaging our
staff, contacts and international partners to help deliver UK Government objectives.
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Potential applicants should refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework 2012 – 2017 for a description
of the effective behaviours at level 3 for each of the competencies required above.
Terms and Conditions
This is a full-time 2 year contract subject to your performance and available resources. This period includes a 6
month probation.
The successful candidate will be subject to professional background check and security clearance.
Staff recruited locally by the UK Mission for the United Nations in Geneva is subject to Terms and Conditions of
Service according to local Swiss employment law.
All applicants should submit their CV (in English, up to 3 pages) and Covering Letter (in English, no more than
1 page of A4, Arial11) setting out their motivation for the role and how they meet the above criteria.
Applications should be sent to [email protected] and the email subject line must be formatted
as follows: CHETDPA72.
The closing date for applications is the 13 February.
Kindly note that your application will only be considered if:
Your application has been sent within the time frame requested.
Your application documents are fully in English.
Your applications documents are in .pdf format.
Shortlisted candidates will be called for interview in the week starting 23 February 2015. Interviews will be
based on the UK civil service competency framework for FCO C4 grades listed in the job description/criteria
above, and there may also be a written test (in English).
Specific training and mentoring for the role will be provided for the successful candidate. This may include
training in London and elsewhere. The successful candidate is expected to start work as soon as possible
and certainly by middle to end of April 2015.
Please note that, because of the volume of applications we receive, we will only contact candidates selected for interview. If
you do not hear from us you should assume that your application has not been successful.
Please be advised that the Embassy will not be able to meet the travel costs incurred when travelling to the interview, nor
the costs connected with relocation if offered a job.
British Diplomatic Missions are equal opportunities employers, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing
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