Director Trade in Goods and Competition – African Union

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Director of Trade in Goods and Competition

JOB PURPOSE

Reporting to the Secretary-General, the Director: Trade in Goods and Competition shall be responsible for all matters related to Trade in Goods, Trade Facilitation, and Competition of the AfCFTA to facilitate the implementation of the AfCFTA Agreement. Providing technical leadership and ensure efficient functioning of all Divisions and ensure overall management of directorate human resources, budget, performance, quality, and training in conformity with relevant AU rules and regulations.

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 another directorate/department;
  • 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 Goods

  • Responsible for assisting state parties in implementing the Protocols on Trade in Goods and Competition, including their subsidiary instruments;
  • Assist the state parties in enhancing cooperation in the areas of Customs Procedures, Trade Facilitation and Transit;
  • Assist the state parties in enhancing cooperation in the areas of Technical Barriers to Trade, NonTariff Barriers and Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures;
  • Act as a secretariat to the Committee on Trade in Goods and the Committee on Competition and their 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 Goods, the Committee on Competition and their subsidiary bodies;
  • Develop formats and working procedures for receipt of notifications and their circulation to state parties;
  • Lead technical assistance and capacity building initiatives to enable state parties to implement the Protocols on Trade in Goods and Competition, including their subsidiary instruments;
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REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND WORK EXPERIENCE
Education Qualification
• A minimum of a Masters Degree in the fields of International Trade, Economics, International Relations,
International Development Policy, Law, Business Administration, or other relevant disciplines.
Professional work Experience
• A minimum of 12-years of working experience in a profession related to International Trade, Economics, International Relations, International Development Policy, Law, Business Administration, or other relevant disciplines. This experience should include at least 7-years of work at a managerial level position.
• Established record of implementation and monitoring of multilateral or regional or bilateral trade agreements, particularly SPS, NTBs, TBT, Customs Procedures, and trade defense measures.
• Experience in leading the formulation and implementation of trade policies at national or regional levels, including proven ability to achieve a consensus of domestic or regional stakeholders;
• Experience in working with and advising governments at a senior management/executive level; Previous managerial experience in leading an organization and/or a team of professionals; and
• Experience in project management and leading change in an organization.


5. REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCIES
Functional
• In-depth knowledge of and/or past involvement in relevant regional trade framework agreements and negotiations in the region;
• Strong leadership, managerial, analytical, people and team skills;
• Proven track record of working collaboratively with commercial drivers of trade and investment in Africa;
• A strong commitment to the values of impartiality, honesty, integrity, and objectivity;
• International experience, with a personal reputation of the highest order among global and African trade professionals; and
• Experience in working in a multicultural environment.

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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