Principal Trade Officer - Trade in Services-East African Community (EAC)


Principal Trade Officer - Trade in Services
(REF: EAC/HR/2016-17/16)
The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising the Republic of Burundi, the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Rwanda, the United Republic of Tanzania, and the Republic of Uganda with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.

The EAC mission is to widen and deepen economic, political, social and cultural integration to improve the quality of life of the people of East Africa through increased competitiveness, value added production, trade and investments.

Applications are invited from highly motivated and result-driven professionals who are citizens of East African Community Partner States (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) to apply for the following position tenable at East African Community-Secretariat in accordance with the availability of Quota Points per Partner State.

Organ / Institution: The Secretariat

Duty Station: Arusha, Tanzania

Job Grade: P3

Job reports to: Director Trade

Job Purpose:
Coordinate and promote the implementation of trade in services integration and programmes in the EAC Region.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Coordinate negotiations on and implementation of Trade in Services programmes of the EAC ;
Plan and budget for activities related to Trade in Services;
Develop analytical and technical briefs as well as discussion papers on Trade in Services;
Organize EAC Partner States’ meetings on Trade in Services, provide technical guidance during the meetings and prepare the meeting reports;
Initiate appropriate studies and researches on the various issues related to Trade in Services;
Build capacity on Trade in Services in the Partner States;
Monitor and evaluate the implementation of trade in services in the Region;
Liaising with other relevant departments/directorates in the EAC;
Secretariat with a view to advancing the trade in services agenda;
Submit progress reports and recommendations to the Policy Organs and follow up on implementation of Council directives;
Participate in professional development and training opportunities;
Prepare annual budgets and performance reports for the Department;
Implement Council decisions and prepare progress reports on Trade matters;
Supervise and guide the Senior Trade Officer and other technical officials in the Department of External Trade;
Carry out any other official duties assigned by the supervisors from time to time.

Qualifications and Experience:
Masters Degree in either Economics, Business Administration, International Trade Law or equivalent degree from a recognised University/Institution.

10 years relevant experience particularly in trade in services with 5years at senior level.

Skills and Competencies:
Experience of providing advice to senior management and in dealing with Governments at a senior level. Ability to analyze and evaluate information from a wide variety of sources and present it in a usable format to a variety of audiences. Experience in drafting policy and discussion papers. Excellent oral, written and presentation skills.

Computer literate with strong IT skills and be competent in the use of Microsoft Outlook and Office products such as Word, Excel, Power Point.

Ability to work harmoniously in a multi-disciplinary and multicultural environment.

Education Qualifications and Relevant Working Experience:

All candidates applying must have qualifications that are recognized by the relevant national accreditation body in their respective Partner State. This condition is applicable for locally and internationally attained qualifications. All professions that require registration with the specific professional bodies will be expected to do so in compliance with the requirements of their respective Partner States.

Work Experience:

Internship, training and apprenticeship will not be considered as relevant work experience.

Applicants from the Republic of Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya and United Republic of Tanzania are eligible to apply for the above position under EAC Secretariat.

Terms and Conditions of Service:
The above position is tenable for a contract of five (5) years renewable once and is subject to the application of the EAC Quota System.

Fringe Benefits:
The post offers attractive fringe benefits including housing allowance, transport allowance, education allowance, a medical scheme, and insurance cover.

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