Knowledge Solutions Department – Innovation for All Hub: Deputy Director

ICC seeks a candidate with significant public affairs/policy experience and a proven ability to research, write and persuade with respect to issues on Internet governance and digital economy.

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is the world’s largest business organization representing more than 45 million companies in over 100 countries. ICC’s core mission is to make business work for everyone, every day, everywhere. Through a unique mix of advocacy, solutions and standard setting, we promote international trade, responsible business conduct and a global approach to regulation, in addition to providing market-leading dispute resolution services. Our members include many of the world’s leading companies, SMEs, business associations and local chambers of commerce.

ICC is one of the leading voices of global business on the international stage. In 2017, ICC became the first private sector organization to be granted Observer Status at the United Nations General Assembly and has major roles in other intergovernmental forums and processes.

ICC’s Knowledge Solutions Department is responsible for the organization’s full suite of policy, standard setting and advocacy activities, with a strong focus on trade and investment. This includes: providing substantive policy input into key international processes; developing industry rules and guidelines to facilitate international trade and promote responsible business practices; and providing influential thought leadership on major global trade issues.

ICC’s policy positions are developed through consultation with member companies and associations in over 100 countries – including through 12 specialist groups of policy experts and a number of special projects.

The Deputy Director Innovation for All will spearhead the development and execution of ICC’s policy/advocacy function related to Internet governance and intellectual property with a particular focus on ensuring the production and deployment of influential policy content related to supporting an inclusive and multistakeholder model for Internet governance.

ICC seeks a candidate with significant public affairs/policy experience and a proven ability to research, write and persuade with respect to issues on Internet governance and digital economy.

Main responsibilities:

Management of the ICC’s Policy work related to Internet governance and digital economy and supervision the work related to intellectual property.  As part of the Innovation for All Team within the Knowledge Solutions Department, proactively manage and drive ICC’s work on supporting a multistakeholder Internet governance model, in particular via the development of high-quality and influential content and products.

  • Under the supervision of the Director of the Innovation for All Team, provide oversight to the intellectual property portfolio, including several key outputs such as the IP Roadmap, adapting IP protection frameworks to the digital world, and developing policies on data ownership and flows.
  • Support the Director of the Innovation for All Team in managing and/or leading various Team projects, as determined in the Knowledge Solutions Department Work Programme.
  • Under the supervision of the Director of the Innovation for All Team, lead the development of influential ICC positions on major international policy issues related to Internet governance, responding to the needs of ICC members.
  • Work with relevant constituents – including ICC groups of policy experts and special projects – to develop position papers and policy materials to support external advocacy campaigns.
  • Provide thought leadership related to cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and digital cooperation within ICC on key policy issues, projects, op-eds, articles for media postings and publications working with other ICC departments and external partners.
  • Interface with relevant intergovernmental organizations and forums and international organizations.

Education and experience:

  • Higher-level education in relevant disciplines, such as economics, international relations, public policy, public affairs or law.
  • around 10 years of experience in managing digital economy and internet governance issues
  • Demonstrated experience in the field of policy/public affairs and a first-rate knowledge of major international policy processes relating to Internet governance (required) and intellectual property (preferred)
  • Experience in identifying and analysing policy issues and drafting policy statements, articles, and other advocacy tools on Internet governance to build a convincing case for international private and public sector action in response to ongoing discussions.
  • Strong communication and persuasion skills in writing and orally, ability to explain things simply and to galvanize the support of non-expert high-level team members and executive staff
  • Experience working with international organizations
  • Ability to coordinate the work of partners and colleagues in an international, multicultural and multilingual setting
  • Ability to collaborate with executive management, international corporations, and intergovernmental organizations
  • Perfect written and spoken English; knowledge of other languages would be a plus
  • Capacity to work under pressure and with tight deadlines
  • Capacity to manage numerous projects at the same time
  • Able to deliver tangible results to fixed deadlines

Work relations:

  • All ICC departments
  • National committees and groups
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • International Organizations (UN, G20, WTO, OECD)
  • National governments
  • NGO partners
  • Experts, members of ICC Policy expert groups

Terms and conditions:

Location: The position is located in Paris, France. International travel required.

Compensation: The remuneration package will be set at a level to be attractive to the most qualified candidate.

Start date: As soon as possible 

How to apply: Applications, consisting of a full CV, a cover letter and two writing samples on topics relevant to the position should be submitted electronically to the selection committee at:

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