Deputy Director (ICC), Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is looking for an experienced trade professional to join its team working specifically as part of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (the Alliance).

As the institutional representative of over 45 million businesses in more than 100 countries, the International Chamber of Commerce operates with a core mission to “make business work for everyone, every day, everywhere”.

We act as the primary voice of the real economy in a range of intergovernmental organisations – from the World Trade Organisation to the UN climate process – championing the needs of local business in global decision making.

The convening power of our global network enables us to set rules and standards that facilitate over $10 trillion dollars in trade each year – as well as providing tailored products and digital services that directly address the real challenges faced by businesses operating internationally.
We also provide the world’s premier private global dispute resolution services, leveraging ICC’s unique independence, integrity, and expertise.

Together with the World Economic Forum (the Forum) and the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), ICC leads the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, a public-private partnership for trade-led growth, supporting governments in developing and least-developed countries in implementing the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). Alliance projects cut through red tape and end costly delays at borders by bringing together governments and businesses of all sizes as equal partners to deliver targeted trade reforms. The Alliance is funded by the United States, Canada, Germany and Denmark.

Within the Alliance, ICC is responsible for private sector engagement, communications and developing and implementing projects in partnership with Alliance business partners.

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is looking for an experienced trade professional to join its team working specifically as part of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (the Alliance). 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.


The Deputy Director is responsible for leading ICC’s work within the Alliance. This is a senior position requiring an ability to develop strong relationships with multiple external stakeholders and partners and operate within the framework of a multi-organization partnership with different cultures and management structures.

You will be based in Paris and will report to ICC’s Global Policy Director. On a day-to-day basis, you will work closely with the Alliance Director based in Geneva at the Forum and will contribute to ensuring overall successful delivery of the Alliance, in coordination with donors, co-host organisations (the Forum and CIPE), implementing partners, businesses and beneficiary country governments.

The Deputy Director will:

  • Represent ICC on the Alliance Management Team and ensure the coordination of ICC-led activities within the wider Alliance teams
  • When requested, represent ICC at Alliance steering group meetings
  • Develop and oversee the execution of a strategic vision and workplan for ICC’s areas of responsibility within the Alliance, namely:
    • Strategic communications that supports and advances the Alliance’s overall purpose, vision, and mission. You will oversee all Alliance external communications, with the aim of bringing Alliance projects to life, demonstrating the Alliance’s impact and engaging its partners in its work.
    • Engagement of businesses of all sizes and their representative bodies to leverage in-kind and/or financial contributions
    • Development and implementation of business-led projects that further implementation of the TFA in developing countries
  • Manage the ICC-based Alliance team dedicated to its core areas of responsibility. This includes managing team performance and staff development, providing feedback, and managing recruitment and onboarding of new staff members.
  • Develop, sustain, and deepen collaboration with businesses, chambers of commerce, private sector associations, and organisations such as United Nations entities
  • Leverage synergies between the Alliance and ICC to further advance the work of the Alliance
  • Oversee the hiring and delivery of all external service providers hired to support ICC-led Alliance activities in accordance with ICC and Alliance procurement rules
  • Oversee and ensure the timely collection and submission of ICC’s inputs into reporting required for government funds, including monthly and quarterly reports
  • Establish and manage the annual budget covering ICC personnel and activities within the Alliance in consultation with ICC’s finance department and the Alliance Director
  • Prepare monthly invoices to the Forum for all eligible costs incurred by ICC in relation to the Alliance with the support and under the direction of ICC’s finance department
  • Represent the Alliance at key international organizations, including the World Trade Organization and World Customs Organization, to ensure coordination of TFA-related activities and leverage possible project synergies.
  • Support the delivery of in-country projects by Alliance implementing partners, including through business engagement and strategic communications support.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Minimum 10 years international trade experience in private sector and preferably also in government
  • Knowledge of trade, logistics, customs processes
  • Demonstrated experience in multi-stakeholder management engaging private sector and government in reforms in developing economies
  • Experience managing government funded projects, including monitoring and reporting activities in relation to donor funding.
  • Demonstrated experience in communicating with diverse audiences, including donors and private sector, and ideally experience in strategic external communications, including managing websites and social media platforms
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organisational, interpersonal and network-building skills and the ability to manage multiple projects and priorities under pressure with a ‘can-do’ problem-solving attitude
  • Strong team management skills
  • Fluent English: proficiency in other languages would be an asset (ideally French and/or Spanish).

Terms and conditions 

Applicants should mention whether they are legally entitled to work in France.
Location:  This position is located in Paris, France.
Starting date: As soon as possible
Department: Global Policy
Contract type: Long term (CDI)
Compensation:  Competitive, depending on candidate experience.
How to apply: Interested candidates should send the following documents to: .

  • Cover note (one page maximum) highlighting key skills and experience in line with the candidate profile and key competencies
  • Professional CV (two pages maximum)

Closing date for applications: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until an appropriate candidate has been identified.

At ICC, we make business work for everyone, every day, everywhere. 
And when we say “everyone”, we mean it. 
We celebrate the diversity of our people and strive to inspire acceptance, cultivate a culture where difference matters, inclusion is essential and equality of opportunity is for everyone