View Vacancy - Trade for Development Attaché (CHEG21.274)

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Policy & Political roles)
Economic and Prosperity

The United Kingdom Mission (UKMis) to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and United Nations (UN) in Geneva is looking for an experienced and motivated individual to support the work and policies of the UK on trade for development issues at the WTO and UN, and provide wider support in the Mission on UK WTO delegation coordination and related matters.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • 2021 is a busy year for both the WTO and UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) with the UNCTAD XV Conference in October 2021 and the WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12) in December 2021.  You will be part of UKMis Geneva’s trade and development team supporting the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s (FCDO) and Department for International Trade’s (DIT) engagement and work on the development aspects of multilateral trade negotiations at the WTO and UNCTAD with a particular focus on UNCTAD XV and MC12. The UK is a major global actor in trade and development;

  • You will support colleagues on the text negotiations for UNCTAD XV and, in the run-up to MC12, will provide analysis and support on the development aspects of the various potential outcomes (eg, fisheries, trade and health, etc), particularly those relevant to developing countries and Least Developed Countries (LDCs);

  • Outside of the Ministerial Conferences, and as part of the regular work of the WTO, you will lead on WTO Working Parties on Accessions, the Working Group on Trade, Debt and Finance, and the Working Group on Trade and Transfer of Technology. You will provide research, stakeholder engagement and policy support for colleagues on the WTO Committees for Trade & Development (and sub-committees) and Trade Facilitation, and the Informal Working Group on Trade & Gender.

  • You will also engage on Commonwealth issues related to trade and development, in particular with the Commonwealth Small States Office in Geneva, and keep a watching brief on other trade-related agencies, think-tanks and NGOs to inform FCDO colleagues of any issues, opportunities and events of policy interest;

  • You will provide some WTO delegation coordination support on behalf of the wider Trade & Economic team.  This is likely to be focused on administrative, logistical and policy support, including on MC12-related issues, but may also encompass support for ministerial and senior officials’ visits, and wider corporate tasks.  You may also be asked to make contributions to supporting the work of the wider Mission, and will be encouraged to engage in corporate and social initiatives.  
  • Fluent written and spoken English (minimum C1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages *);
  • Knowledge and experience working in Trade Policy;
  • Need to be pro-active and a self-starter, and able to work independently on objectives and tasks set by colleagues;
  • Able to communicate effectively and engage with external and internal partners, often at senior levels;
  • 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.
  • French language would be advantageous;
  • Prior general knowledge of international development policy and practice, especially related to trade and development policy;
  • Prior knowledge of the workings of the WTO and UN.
20 July 2021
Executive Officer (EO)
Fixed Term, Full-time
8 months
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
UK Mission to the Office of the United Nations, Geneva
UK Delegation
16 August 2021

This is a full-time fixed-term contract until 31 March 2022 with potential for renewal (to be confirmed), for 5 working days (40 hours) per week, at B3 level. This position might be renewed from 1 April 2022, but is subject to review and funding being confirmed.

The successful candidate will be subject to professional background check, security clearance and 3 months’ probation period.

Staff recruited locally by the UK Mission for the United Nations in Geneva are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Swiss employment law.

Please note that you must have the right to work and reside in Switzerland without visa sponsorship (For information: EU nationals do not require visa sponsorship).

Visa/work permit requirements: candidates must currently hold the independent right to live and work in Switzerland and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the scope of the contract.

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you meet the legal requirements to live and work in this country.

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered.

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.

Please be advised that the UK Mission will not be able to meet any cost during the Recruitment and Selection process, Security Check nor the costs connected with relocation.

*Please note for more information on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment  levels  please click on the following link CEFR. Please bear in mind in case you are invited for an interview your language skill is going to be assessed.

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