Officer - Trade Relations Division - VA 31/2019

EFTA - European Free Trade Association

Officer - Trade Relations Division - VA 31/2019

EFTA - European Free Trade Association

Geneva, Switzerland

The EFTA Secretariat provides services to the EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland). EFTA has established preferential trade relations – primarily in the form of free trade agreements and joint declarations on cooperation – with more than 50 countries and territories outside the EU and is continuing to develop this worldwide network.

The Trade Relations Division (TRD) of the EFTA Secretariat in Geneva consists of 12 staff members. It provides comprehensive services related to the exploration, negotiation, administration and upgrading of EFTA’s preferential trade relations.

We are looking for a highly motivated and qualified candidate who is willing to take on a challenging post in a dynamic environment.

Division: Trade Relations Division (TRD)
Category/Level: A4
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term 3 years. If considered desirable and in the organisation’s interest, an additional three-year contract may be offered.
Start Date: 1 April 2020 or upon agreement
Job Reference: VA 31/2019

Scope

The officer will have substantive and organisational responsibilities in support of EFTA’s engagement with partner countries outside the European Union. Her/his specific area of responsibility will centre on issues pertaining to the area of trade and sustainable development, government procurement and technical cooperation in EFTA free trade agreements. The responsibilities can extend to a range of other trade policy questions covered by EFTA’s comprehensive free trade agreements. The position will also include country desk responsibilities (coordination of EFTA’s preferential trade relations with several partner countries).

Qualifications

  • University degree or equivalent, preferably with a specialisation in international legal, economic and/or political issues;
  • Knowledge of relevant international agreements and organisations, such as WTO and EFTA would be an asset.

Experience

  • Expertise in the field of international trade policy and rules, with sound knowledge of relevant international legal frameworks;
  • Relevant work experience in a national administration, international organisation, and/or related research or private sector activity;
  • Specific know-how in relation to questions of trade and sustainable development and/or government procurement would be an asset.

Skills

  • Service-mindedness and tact;
  • Very good communication and negotiation skills;
  • Readiness to cooperate closely in an international team;
  • Ability to work under time pressure and to meet deadlines;
  • Strong organisational skills and self-reliance;
  • Open-mindedness and flexibility, including availability for frequent international travel.

Languages

  • Excellent oral and written command of English (EFTA language);
  • Knowledge of French, and possibly other work-related languages such as Spanish, would be an asset.

Employment Terms

Grade: A4/1
Annual salary: CHF 160,374

Appointments are made at the first step of the grade. The Secretary-General reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level different from that advertised. Through its recruitment policy, the EFTA Secretariat wants to ensure diversity in terms of gender, age and culture.

EFTA is an international organisation and the salaries and related payments are normally exempt from income taxation by the EFTA States and the host states of the EFTA duty stations. Depending on the candidate’s family status, benefits and allowances may apply.

Applicants must be nationals of one of the EFTA Member States (Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein).

Applicants must apply online via the EFTA e-recruitment tool: https://jobs.efta.int/.

Deadline for applications: 10 November 2019.

Don't forget to mention EuroBrussels when applying.

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