Deputy Director (ICC), Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

The Deputy Director is responsible for leading ICC’s work within the Alliance. This is a senior position requiring first-rate project management skills and an ability to develop strong relationships with multiple external stakeholders and partners.

About the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (“the Alliance”) is a major public-private partnership— managed by ICC, the Word Economic Forum (WEF) and the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) to support implementation of the World Trade Organization’s landmark Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).

The Alliance provides an innovative framework to leverage business expertise and resources in the implementation of trade facilitation reforms in developing and least-developed countries – with the aim of ensuring that implementation of the TFA delivers real-world results that drive inclusive growth. The Alliance’s activities are funded by a number of institutional donors and supplemented by contributions from multinational corporations.

The Alliance has TFA implementation project under development in Colombia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Ghana. Other projects will be rolled out through 2017.

ICC’s responsibilities in the Alliance cover three principal areas: (i) strategic communications and advocacy; (ii) business engagement (local and multinational); and (iii) engagement with international organizations.

Deputy Director role: duties and responsibilities

The Deputy Director is responsible for leading ICC’s work within the Alliance. This is a senior position requiring first-rate project management skills and an ability to develop strong relationships with multiple external stakeholders and partners.

The Deputy Director will take responsibility for:

  • Developing and managing strategic communication tools to secure strong buy-in from local businesses and governments on the implementation of the TFA.
  • Managing engagement of major multinational companies in the Alliance to leverage in-kind and/or financial contributions to specific TFA implementation projects.
  • Representing ICC and the Alliance at key international organizations – including the World Trade Organization, World Bank and World Customs Organization – to ensure coordination of TFA-related activities and leverage possible project synergies.
  • Ensuring appropriate external visibility for the Alliance to support business engagement and donor support – including responsibility for the Alliance’s web and social media presence.
  • Supporting the development of in-country projects with CIPE and the WEF – including through engagement of ICC’s local chapters/chambers and assistance with project identification through business engagement.
  • Managing the budget available under the Alliance initiative to successfully deliver upon ICC’s responsibilities and ensure the monitoring and reporting required for government funds.
  • Line management of members of staff.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Degree in law, political science, international relations or international development.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in government or private sector – both would be a plus – with a particular focus on international cooperation and development.
  • Demonstrated experience in working on trade facilitation and customs reform projects – ideally in developing economies.
  • Demonstrated experience in multi-stakeholder management engaging private sector, government and civil society in policy-making processes.
  • Experience of managing government funded projects would be advantageous – including monitoring and reporting activities in relation to donor funding.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and network-building skills and the ability to manage multiple projects and priorities under pressure with a ‘can-do’ problem-solving attitude.
  • Demonstrated experience in communicating effectively with diverse audiences, with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Fluent English; proficiency in other languages would be an asset (ideally French and Spanish).

Terms and Conditions

  • Start date: As soon as possible
  • Salary Range: to be determined
  • Location: Paris

How to apply

Applications, consisting of a full CV and a cover letter should be submitted electronically to ICC HR Director, Mila Grzyb, at Mila.grzyb@iccwbo.org and ICC Global Communications Director, Andrew Wilson, at Andrew.wilson@iccwbo.org

Closing date for applications: 21 August 2017