Communications officer – Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (6-months CDD)

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is looking for an ambitious and energetic communications officer to join its team working specifically as part of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (the Alliance) for a 6-months CDD.

This is an opportunity to be part of an exciting international development initiative working to make trade across borders simpler, faster and more cost-effective, creating new business opportunities, enabling greater economic and social development and reducing poverty.

About the ICC and the Alliance

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is the world’s largest business organization with a network of over 6 million members in more than 100 countries. We work to promote international trade, responsible business conduct and a global approach to regulation through a unique mix of advocacy and standard setting activities—together with market-leading dispute resolution services. Our members include many of the world’s largest companies, SMEs, business associations and local chambers of commerce.

The ICC is one of the lead organisations of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, a public-private partnership for trade-led growth. Alongside the World Economic Forum (the Forum), the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), we are redefining the way trade facilitation reforms are implemented. The Alliance brings together governments and businesses as equal partners to identify trade facilitation issues such as customs delays and unnecessary red-tape at borders, and design and implement targeted reforms that deliver commercially quantifiable results.

The Alliance’s work is designed to help governments in developing and least developed countries implement the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement. The Alliance is currently implementing projects in Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zambia, and developing further projects in Argentina, Dominican Republic, Nigeria and Tunisia among others.

The Alliance is supported by the governments of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany and Denmark, and works with private sector partners from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to the world’s largest multinationals such as DHL, FCA Group, Maersk and Walmart.

Each of the host organisations has a distinct set of responsibilities within the Alliance. The ICC is responsible for (i) strategic communications and advocacy; (ii) business engagement (local and multinational); and (iii) engagement with international organisations.

The communications officer role

You will work to bring the Alliance’s projects to life, helping us to demonstrate our impact and engage our partners in our work.

You will be based at the ICC headquarters in Paris but be part of the Alliance’s international team spread throughout the world. You will report to the Alliance’s ICC Deputy Director and functionally to the Alliance’s communications manager. You will also work closely with the communications teams of the ICC, the Forum, CIPE and GIZ.

The successful candidate can expect to:

  • support the communications manager to deliver the Alliance’s communications strategy
  • proactively identify new opportunities to reach our audiences through innovative campaigns
  • create content for a range of communications channels that establishes a clear narrative for the Alliance within the private and public sectors
  • assist with international and in-country media engagement
  • help to manage the Alliance website, social media channels and newsletter
  • support the Alliance’s participation in events, including the preparation of supporting materials
  • monitor developments in the media relating to trade facilitation and the countries where the Alliance delivers projects
  • provide general coordination support to the Alliance team within the ICC

The ideal candidate will have:

  • university degree in communications, journalism, political science, international trade, or a closely related field
  • minimum one year professional experience in communications and/or public affairs
  • outstanding writing skills in English and French and the ability to translate complex notions into a simple and sharp narrative
  • proficiency in other languages would be an asset (ideally Spanish)
  • social media savvy
  • strong interest in international trade, business and international development with a passion for affecting positive change and a curiosity to learn
  • excellent organisational and interpersonal skills and the ability to manage multiple projects and priorities under pressure with a ‘can-do’ problem-solving attitude
  • excellent critical thinking skills and high attention to detail

How to apply

If you would like to be considered, please send your curriculum vitae and a cover letter by email to the Global Alliance team at

Closing date for applications: 28/02/2019