View Vacancy - Market Access Officer
This is a fascinating time to be working at the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) in the Latin America & the Caribbean (LATAC) region. Trade is at the centre of government policy following the UK’s departure from the European Union. Signing new trade agreements and strengthening existing trade relationships are a top priority for the government, as they have potential to create new markets for British products and services. DBT LATAC works together with FCDO and other HMG departments to deliver against an ambitious Regional Trade Plan to deliver impact for the UK and LATAC.
Central America is an important trading partner for the UK and there is real potential to grow our trade and investment relationship with this region over the coming years.
We are looking for an individual (with relative experience) to deliver the UK’s strategy to identifying, prioritizing and resolving Market Access Barriers (MABs) throughout Central America and oversee deployment of tools, strategies and best practice across the region to remove/overcome Market Access Barriers and ultimately help increase trade with the region.
The jobholder will also support with the implementation of the UK-Central America Agreement and lead (with support) on the delivery and implementation of the trade elements of the UK-Central America Agreement. They will also monitor and report on the local trade policy environment and context, and support upskilling of trade policy and market access capability within British embassies in Central America.
The successful applicant will be based in the British Embassy, Panama City and report to the DBT Regional Director for Central America. There might be a need for travel to other British embassies in Central America (Costa Rica, Guatemala and El Salvador), and potentially to others in our LATAC network.
This is a role - funded jointly by DBT and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) - and created in recognition of trade policy’s significance to the UK Government’s wider prosperity agenda. It is an exciting time to be working in support of the UK Government’s international trade and investment strategy, leveraging our overseas network to promote British trade and investment across the world, and to support UK business interests. This is a great opportunity to be part of an international team that contributes to a high profile agenda in which UK Ministers are closely engaged.
Roles and responsibilities
They will be responsible for the following areas of work
1. Market Access - Strategy Development (60%)
2. Trade Policy reporting and upskilling (20%)
3. UK-Central America Agreement (20%)
The successful candidate must be Panamanian, or have a valid and current Work Permit through Ministry of Labour, and be able to provide it when requested by Embassy. The British Embassy – Panama City does not sponsor work permits.
The successful candidate must be Panamanian, or have a valid and current Work Permit through Ministry of Labour, and be able to provide it when requested by Embassy. The British Embassy – Panama City does not sponsor work permits. Please note that all applicants must be fluent in both English and Spanish. Office hours in the embassy are 8am-5pm Monday to Thursday and 8am-1pm on Fridays, though there is scope for flexible working arrangements, which can be agreed with the Line Manager. Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary, eg some non-local national staff and some spouses or partners of UK diplomatic staff, will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount. Appointable candidates who were unsuccessful may be placed on a ‘reserve list’. If during the reserve period of 6-12 months the same or a largely similar role becomes available, that role may be offered to the second or subsequent candidate
This job involves flexible working, sometimes working late nights when there are official events. Some travel abroad will be required.
The British Embassy Network offers a strong benefits package. This package includes generous vacation and leave time, flexible working patterns, and an enriching learning and development opportunities
This opportunity is closed to applications.