Lead Economist (CDI)

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is seeking a candidate to carry out research and provide high-quality economic analysis that will be used to improve operational capability, policy insights and content production.

Position to be filled (full-time permanent position).

ICC is the world’s largest business organisation 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 organisation’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.

The newly established position of Lead Economist will provide high-quality economic analysis to inform ICC’s positioning on issues of critical importance to business, and, moreover, develop content capable of shaping policymaking at the highest levels of government.

Main responsibilities

The Lead Economist will:

  • work across a broad range of issues with a view to supporting agenda-setting work across three strategic themes: growing the global economy; enabling cross-border trade; and mainstreaming corporate sustainability.
  • lead work related to the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses as well as targeted projects on issues such as: access to finance; the value of digital services; and incentives to enable climate action.
  • analyse official statistics to understand and predict key trends in the global economy from a business perspective, as well as establishing systems/tools to access high-quality data from ICC’s global business network in over 100 countries.
  • drive long-term analytical/research projects and meeting short-term requests for information. All projects will require close engagement with external stakeholders and colleagues from across the organization, as well as ICC’s network of national committees and chambers.

Candidate profile

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Graduate degree with an analytical focus or a recognized professional qualification in economics and a proven capacity to deliver high-quality analytical projects to inform and influence policy development through evidence.
  • Strong numeracy skills, ideally with experience of sourcing primary data to underpin economic modelling/analysis – as well as familiarity with statistical software packages, such as R or Python.
  • Demonstrated experience working on trade, small business and/or financial inclusion issues would be highly advantageous
  • A familiarity with key intergovernmental institutions and processes – e.g. the World Trade Organization, Financial Stability Board, the G20 – would also be a plus.
  • Experience engaging with senior industry figures, government officials and regulatory bodies.
  • Proven ability to work on both strategic and operational issues/activities.
  • Planning and organization skills: planning and delivering work to a high standard in a fast-moving environment
  • Problem solving capacities: interpreting a variety of information/data to develop solutions to key business challenges
  • Research and analysis: analysing and integrating data from varied sources to deliver concise and insightful reports
  • Demonstrated track-record in delivering high-impact outcomes in complex external environments.
  • A naturally collaborative approach – ideally with experience working in or with networked organizations and/or industry working groups.
  • Fluency in English, knowledge of French or other languages a plus.

Terms and conditions

Location: The position is located in Paris, France.

Compensation: Competitive, contingent on skills and experience.

How to apply

Interested candidates should send the following to Policy_applications@iccwbo.org:

  • Cover note (one page maximum) highlighting key skills and experience in line with the candidate profile and key competencies
  • Professional CV (two pages maximum)
  • One sample of work – ideally on an issue relevant to the mission of ICC.

Closing date for applications: 31/03/2021

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