Director of Trade in Services, Investment and Intellectual Property Rights – Africa Union

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Director of Trade in Services, Investment, and Intellectual Property Rights

JOB PURPOSE

  • Reporting to the Secretary-General, the Director of Trade in Services, Investment, and Intellectual Property
  • Rights shall be responsible for all matters related to Trade in Services, Investment, and Intellectual Property
  • Rights to facilitate the implementation of the AfCFTA Agreement. Providing technical and policy leadership and ensuring the efficient functioning of all divisions. Ensuring overall management of the directorate’s human resources, budget, performance, quality, and training in conformity with relevant AU rules and regulations Project


3. SUMMARY OF KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
A. General management responsibilities
– Determine and execute the directorate’s strategy and align with the AfCFTA Secretariat’s overall strategy;
– Prepare and oversee integrated programmes and related activities of the department;
– Provide support in the development of policies and oversee policy development guidelines;
– Build and maintain a strategic plan to form good working relations with other directorates/departments;
– Build staff capacity and continually improve the cost-effectiveness in the delivery of the directorate’s mandate;
– Develop and maintain regular working relations with top-level stakeholders in appropriate agencies of the Member States and partners; and
– Prepare periodic financial, budget execution, and programme delivery reports.


B. Specific responsibilities
Trade-in Services:
– Responsible for assisting state parties in implementing the Protocol on Trade in Services, including its subsidiary instruments;
– Assist the state parties in enhancing cooperation in the area of Trade in Services.
– Act as a secretariat to the Committee on Trade in Services and its subsidiary bodies, to ensure their smooth functioning;
– Provide high-quality factual reports, technical advisory notes and other relevant information notes to enable the smooth functioning of the Committee on Trade in Services and its subsidiary bodies;
– Lead technical assistance and capacity building initiatives to enable state parties to implement the Protocol on Trade in Services, including its subsidiary instruments.
– Design and maintain a comprehensive database of each state party’s schedule of specific commitments;
– Conduct research and assist other directorates of the Secretariat on all matters related to the Protocols on Trade in Services whenever, expertise on these topics is required, for instance in the context of dispute
settlement cases and of technical assistance activities.

– Lead collaboration and develop good working relations and partnerships with relevant organizations such as the UN Economic Commission for Africa, UNCTAD and the World Trade Organisation, amongst others;
– Establish mechanisms to follow up on State Parties’ compliance with the Protocol on Trade in Services, commitments in the form of schedules of specific commitments, regulatory frameworks as well as other annexes applicable to trade in services;
– Ensure collection of data on services in general and trade in services in particular, in collaboration with other bodies of the AfCFTA Secretariat, Department of Trade and Industry and technical partners such as UNECA, and UNCTAD;
– Establish and maintain a roster or list of potential services experts for dispute settlement/arbitration purposes;
– Represent the secretariat on events in relation to trade in services; and Investment:
– Responsible for assisting state parties in implementing the Protocol on Investment, including its subsidiary instruments;
– Assist the state parties in enhancing cooperation in the area of Investment.
– Act as a Secretariat to the Committee on Investment and its subsidiary bodies, to ensure their smooth functioning;
– Provide high-quality factual reports, technical advisory notes and other relevant information notes to enable the smooth functioning of the Committee on Investment and its subsidiary bodies;
– Lead technical assistance and capacity building initiatives to enable state parties to implement the Protocol on Investment, including its subsidiary instruments;
– Provide appropriate technical advice on investment-related issues to state parties;
– Identify measures aimed at creating enabling legal and regulatory environments for cross-border investment flows among the AfCFTA state parties including, formulating proposals for strategies, policies, and programs aimed at harmonizing national legal regimes and legislation on cross-border investment;
– Conduct, whenever necessary, missions to AfCFTA state parties and carry out consultations with relevant institutions, focal points, and investment sector stakeholders whose working responsibilities are closely related to the AfCFTA processes, in order to review investment policies, gathering the necessary data and information for ensuring optimal implementation of the AfCFTA.
– Develop and maintain up-to-date information on Investment negotiations in the AfCFTA and AU websites;
– Produce the required inputs on issues relating to Investment for the periodic reports of the activities of the AfCFTA Secretariat Unit, ensuring that agreed deadlines for these inputs are strictly adhered to;
– Lead collaboration and develop good working relations and partnerships with relevant organizations such as the UN Economic Commission for Africa, UNCTAD, and the World Trade Organisation, amongst others. Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs)
– Responsible for assisting state parties in implementing the Protocol on Intellectual Property Rights, including its subsidiary instruments.
– Assist the state parties in enhancing cooperation in the area of IPRs.
– Act as a secretariat to the Committee on Intellectual Property Rights and its subsidiary bodies, to ensure their smooth functioning.
– Provide high-quality factual reports, technical advisory notes and other relevant information notes to enable the smooth functioning of the Committee on Intellectual Property Rights and its subsidiary bodies.
– Lead technical assistance and capacity building initiatives to enable state parties to implement the Protocol on Intellectual Property Rights, including its subsidiary instruments.
– Advise the Secretary-General on IPR related matters;

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Education Qualification
– Must have a minimum of a university Master’s degree in international trade, development economics,
international relations, international business, international law, political science or relevant disciplines;
– Minimum of 12-years working experience in a profession related to the regulation of foreign direct
investment; trade law; international negotiations; intellectual property rights; competition law policy; cross-border
business transactions; and/or transnational corporate law and practice. This experience should include at least
7-years work at the managerial level position;
– Applicants with bachelor’s degree may be considered provided they have a minimum of 15- years
working experience in a profession related to the regulation of foreign direct investment; trade law; international
negotiations; intellectual property rights; competition law policy; cross-border business transactions; and/or
transnational corporate law and practice with at least 5 years at a managerial level position.


5. REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCIES
Functional
– Policy development and research skills;
– Analytical, policy and research skills;
– Highly developed negotiation and teamwork skills;
– Drafting and report writing skills;
– Strong leadership, managerial, analytical, people and team skills;
– Experience in liaising with government ministers and heads of states;
– In-depth knowledge of and/or past involvement in relevant regional trade framework agreements and negotiations in the region;
– Proven track record of working collaboratively with commercial drivers of trade and investment in Africa;
– Evidence of ability to lead, motivate and guide a team of professionals; and
– International experience, with a personal reputation of the highest order among global and African trade professionals.


Leadership and Personal Abilities
– Strategic Focus: – Creates a compelling vision for the future state of the department/directorate and or organization. Establishes a comprehensive course of action to achieve the vision;
– Developing Organizational Capability: – Promotes organizational learning and development to ensure that the department is well-positioned to meet future leadership needs and mentor others to enhance their development;
– Change Leadership: – Leads and champions organizational change initiatives – consistently looks for ways to improve the Department/directorate or organization;
– Strategic Risk Management: – Uses sound judgment to make risky decisions in highly complex situations based on an assessment of the risks and benefits, impacts;
– Performance management and capacity building skills for the team;
– Ability to develop and lead the multicultural team in the implementation of organization strategies, programs, and initiatives;
– Intellectual leadership and ability to integrate knowledge with a broader strategic overview and to conceptualize and convey strategic vision from the spectrum of up to date concepts and theories in the area of international investment, international trade, business transactions, and transnational corporate law.

REMUNERATION AND BENEFITS:
Indicative basic salary of US$78,138 (D1 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment (57% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 27,290.88.00 (per annum), education allowance (100% of tuition and other education-related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$ 10, 000.00 per child per annum), etc. for an internationally recruited staff of the Commission

HOW TO APPLY
All applications which include passport copy, professional and academic certificates, CV, and cover letter stating their suitability and motivation for the position must be submitted through the AU Commission’s website www.aucareers.org on or before 14 July 2020. Please REGISTER before proceeding to apply
• Attach detailed and updated curriculum vitae/resume including three (3) referees with good knowledge. Of the candidate’s work, please, provide referees’ contact details – telephone and e-mail addresses.

• Copy of valid passport.
• Certified copies of educational qualifications – degrees, diplomas, and certificates, where applicable (Not
4. More than 5 Documents in PDF Format, and not exceeding 1 MB).
• Please be aware that only complete applications will be considered.
• Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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