Deputy Director, Trade and Investment Knowledge Center, Knowledge Solutions Department

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is looking for an ambitious and energetic Deputy Director to join its team working specifically as part of the Trade and Investment Knowledge Center and Knowledge Solutions Department.

ICC is the world’s largest business organization with a network of over 6 million members in more than 100 countries. It works 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.

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 Trade and Investment Knowledge Centre will spearhead the development and execution of ICC’s policy/advocacy function related to international trade and investment with a particular focus on ensuring the production and deployment of influential policy content related to improving the multilateral trading system.

ICC seeks a candidate with significant public affairs/policy experience and a proven ability to research, write and persuade with respect to issues on international trade and investment.


Main responsibilities

Management of the ICC’s Policy work related to multilateral trade and investment

  • As part of the Trade and Investment Team within the Knowledge Solutions Department, proactively manage and drive ICC’s work on reform of the multilateral rules-based trade and investment, in particular the development of high-quality and influential content and products.
  • Under the supervision of the Director of the Trade and Investment Team, lead the continued development of key multilateral trade projects including the ICC World Trade Agenda and the Global Dialogue on Trade and deliverables such as the ICC Open Markets Index.
  • Support the Director of the Trade and Investment Team in managing and/or leading various Team projects, as determined in the Knowledge Solutions Department Work Programme.


Internal coordination and external relations

  • Under the supervision of the Director of the Trade and Investment Team lead the development of influential ICC positions on major international policy issues on the multilateral trading system 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 on issues related to trade and investment.
  • Provide thought leadership related to reform of the multilateral trading system 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 on policy issues related to the evolution of the multilateral trading system.


Education and Experience:

  • Higher-level education in relevant disciplines, such as economics, international relations, public policy, public affairs or law. PhD would be a plus
  • Demonstrated experience in the field of policy/public affairs and a first-rate knowledge of major international policy processes relating to international trade and investment
  • Experience in identifying and analysing policy issues and drafting policy statements, articles, and other advocacy tools on global trade to build a convincing case for international private and public sector action regarding reform of the multilateral trading system
  • Track record of publications and research on international trade and investment, including issues related to the WTO, tariffs and non-tariff barriers, and FTAs
  • 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 who are international, multicultural and multilingual
  • Ability to collaborate with executive management, international corporations, 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
  • Collegial, generous spirit


Work relations

  • All ICC departments
  • National committees and groups
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • International Organizations (UN, G20, WTO, OECD)
  • 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:


Closing date for applications: 30/03/2019