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Vacancy Notice No.: EXT/F/11-18 Issued On: 12 May 2011
Title: Economic Affairs Officer Application Deadline: 9 June 2011
Division: Agriculture and Commodities(65)
Contract Type: Fixed-term
Starting Salary: CHF 88,000 net per annum (approximate) Duration: Two years with the possibility of extension
In accordance with WTO Staff Regulations and Staff Rules and WTO Pension Plan Regulations.
The World Trade Organization offers an attractive compensation package including an annual net salary (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), dependency benefits, pension plan, health insurance scheme, separation grant, and 30 days annual leave.
Benefits for internationally recruited staff may include travel and removal expenses on appointment and separation, installation grant, education grant, rental subsidy, and home leave.
Additional information on the compensation package is provided on the WTO website: http://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/vacan_e/comp_package_e.pdf.
The Secretariat of the WTO is seeking to fill a position of Economic Affairs Officer in the Agriculture and Commodities Division. Serving staff members interested in the position are also invited to apply.
Under the general direction of the Director and the supervision of senior staff of the Division, the incumbent will be involved in work related to the Agreement on Agriculture, in particular the servicing of the Committee on Agriculture in its regular sessions and related tasks.
Specific duties will include:
Assisting with the preparation of documents, summary reports, agendas, Chairperson’s notes, various studies and Secretariat notes related to the work of the Committee on Agriculture (regular meetings) and the review and monitoring of Members’ implementation of commitments and disciplines.
Assisting with the development and maintenance of the Agriculture databases.
Assisting Member governments in their preparation and circulation of various agriculture notifications:
this involves, among other things, assisting them in understanding the rules under the Agreement on Agriculture, explanation of calculation methodologies for domestic support, safeguard measures and export subsidies, etc.
Assisting in the preparation of training materials and delivery of technical assistance activities (workshops, seminars and training courses) related to the Agreement on Agriculture, and in particular Members’ notification obligations.
Maintaining contacts with other international organizations, non-governmental organizations and Member governments, as well as preparing WTO inputs for meetings of those bodies (International Grains Council, Food Aid Convention, FAO etc).
Responding to ad hoc requests, from both within and outside the organization, for technical information, studies and analysis on matters related to the WTO Agreement on Agriculture; and for information about matters related to the work of the Division and the WTO.
6. Undertaking other tasks that may be assigned by the Director of the Division, including provision of support to the Doha Development Agenda negotiations, the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, and WTO dispute resolution panels.
An advanced university degree or equivalent in economics, agricultural economics, law or related field with a specialization in international trade is required.
Proven written skills which demonstrate ability to analyse, assess and communicate clearly; ability to research and organize background material; ability to review and prepare briefs on relevant agricultural trade issues. Knowledge of trade-related policy issues in the area of agriculture and food products would be useful. Good presentation skills. Ability to use word processing, PowerPoint, Excel and similar software. Ability to work as part of a team in a multicultural environment.
Two years of work experience on trade (preferably agricultural trade) issues, gained by working for a government, academic or research institution, or a non-governmental or inter-governmental organization.
Excellent knowledge of English is required, including the ability to write clearly and concisely. A good knowledge of at least one of the other two WTO working languages (French and Spanish) would be an advantage.
Only applications from nationals of WTO Members will be accepted.
APPLICANTS MAY BE REQUIRED TO SIT A WRITTEN EXAMINATION
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CLOSING DATE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
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